The most common question people have when starting a career in any field is, “When do I get an internship?” Some people will tell you to wait until your junior year. I say, “Why wait?”
If you have an idea of what career path you want to take, start finding internships early on in your college career. Some of the best career advice I received was my freshman year was from a senior PR and Communications double major.
While shelving books at our part time job and making conversation to pass the time I asked, “So, when do you think I should start looking for my first internship? Junior year? Is that too…”
She immediately interrupted me, “It’s never too early. When do you start? Start now.” And start I did.
I made a goal for myself and didn’t stop until I succeeded. My first goal was to get a copywriting internship. However, I knew those would be hard to come by without experiences or a book. So, I started looking for any kind of communication or marketing internship just to get my foot in the door.
After, two internships (one in PR and one in Marketing) I finally took a stab at applying to copywriting internships. I knocked and hammered on over 20 doors before one finally opened to me. Yet, I didn’t stop there. I made new goals for myself.
Everything I did was a stepping stone to get me where I wanted to be in the end. Now, I’ve had job offers for after graduation and numerous recommendations to back-up my experiences. Why? Because I didn’t wait to get an internship. I made the most of my college years, and took the much needed time to build my network and gain experience.