While the rest of the world is counting the days until summer starts so they can plan their Memorial Day trip to the beach, their 4th of July trip to the beach and a possible “one last fling” trip to the beach, mass comm juniors and seniors are studying their options for a summer internship. And it’s a tough decision, requiring almost as much concentration as a statistics test.
Internships are not just résumé fillers; they’re key to getting that first professional job. Internships allow you to practice what you’ve learned while you learn more. The right internship:
• can confirm that you’ve chosen the right field.
• lets you see how what you’ve learned in the classroom works on the job.
• lets you make a mistake or two without the threat of getting fired. (Hey, I’m only an intern!)
• connects you with professionals who may be in a position to hire you full time or refer you to someone else who can.
In the SMC, we encourage majors to start taking internships as soon as you feel comfortable. While we limit the number of internships you can take for credit to ONE, the more internships you get, the more experience you get. And the more experience you have, the better qualified you are for a great entry-level job.
If you’re interested in an internship, check with the SMC office (C/M 332). There’s an internship notebook with listings of opportunities. The SMC Web site also posts internships.