Sunday, 21 April 2013

Getting THAT Internship - Company Magazine

I've just completed my first week as a Features Intern at Company Magazine and I have to say, it's been both educational and enlightening as well as being very very busy! 

Last week a few of you tweeted me asking to blog about how I got the internship so I figured that today's blog post should be about that. Obviously, this advice is tailored towards internships with fashion magazines however I'm sure it could be applied to most industries! Also I'd like to point out that my top tips for getting an internship might not work for everyone, however I hope it gives you guys the motivation to pursue future internships - they're definitely worth the hard work! 

When internships come available, they'll usually be posted online through either Twitter or the company's actual website. In my case, I saw that Gem (former Web Assistant, now Features Writer) had tweeted about an internship that had come available and so I applied. If you know the exact company you want to intern with then do your homework and follow a few of the employees there on Twitter so that you can keep up to date with jobs that come up as well as internships! Plus, it helps because then once you're interning at the company you'll have a rough idea of who's who in the office. Clever huh?

Prior to my internship, I kept in touch with Gem via Twitter and through reading her blog (which I've been reading for years - prior to her working for Company). From experience, I'd say that making yourself known to people is a good way of standing out from the crowd - particularly as when it comes to choosing interns, if someone has already had a little bit of a conversation with you on Twitter or they know you read their blog or whatever - you instantly stand out. You don't have to be an OTT creepy stalky type (nobody wants that) you just need to be proactive on social media and send a tweet every now and then. Even tweeting the magazine's official Twitter with feedback about their latest articles will stand you in good stead.

Once you know that a company is looking for interns, make sure you apply as soon as possible. You don't want to be at the bottom of the list, as by the time people get round to looking at your details they've probably already found someone for the role. Be prepared by getting your CV updated regularly and drafting out a small covering letter explaining why you'd like to be picked for the internship! I have learnt first-hand that this is the best approach to take as when I applied for my internship with Company I had to wait until the end of the day to send my CV in as it was saved on my computer at home. By the time I got home and sent my CV through I'd missed out on the internship. Thankfully, whoever had been successful then dropped out and I was contacted - hooray!

If you don't get picked to be an intern on one occasion then don't give up. Obviously, there's a lot of competition out there and the magazine industry (particularly amazing magazines such as Company) are very competitive when it comes to hiring staff and taking on interns. So, if you don't happen to be chosen to be an intern on one occasion then don't let it put you off. Make sure you do all of the things above and when it comes to applying for an internship the second time round, you'll be dropping it like it's hot. Snoop Lion style. So, what are you waiting for?

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  1. An internship for a magazine at Company would seriously be my ideal position! Thanks for the tips, they were really helpful :)

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  2. Thanks for writing this post! I'm at university studying magazine journalism and know that I'll be spending at least the next 3 years of my life interning. I'm sure these tips will come in handy.

    I'm definitely working on networking and am pretty good at keeping my CV updated, so I guess I'm partway there.

    I've only just found your blog, so you might have already done something like this, but would you be interested in posting about any experience you had before interning at Company? It would be lovely to know about the kinds of things that they look for in an applicant/their CV. Also, I'm a bit nosey. Mind of a journalist-in-training.


  3. Well done on the internship! Good post too x


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