How to Get an Internship After Your Freshman Year

If you're in college I'm sure you've heard this more times than you can count: "Get an internship!" Internships, internships, internships. Yeah it gets annoying. Most people put internships on the back burner 'till junior year, but here's a wake up call for you: start early. Like freshman year, early. That's right: get an internship after your freshman year.

How to Get an Internship After Your Freshman Year

If you're a college student, you're rolling your eyes at me. Nobody wants someone as young as me as an intern, right? Wrong. I'm here to explain to you how you can get an internship so early, you'll be having companies beg for you once you graduate.

First of all: get in the right mindset. Remind yourself why you're really getting this internship. It's not because your parents want you to, or because it pays (because it probably won't), or even because it will look good on your resume (even though it will).

Now that your mind is in the right place, figure out what you want. If you already know what you want to do (i.e. marketing, broadcasting, etc.), then you're one step ahead of the game. If you don't know, then start brainstorming about what you like. There's no pressure to know what you want to do for the rest of your life yet. Just think about what classes you enjoy, what clubs you're just dying to join, or what jobs "look cool" on TV. Seriously, this is the time of your life to "hit the buffet," if you will. Try everything. Taste test this and that. If you don't like it, you don't have a family relying on you to support them, you're independent. So look around and make a list. Make it as broad or as specific as you want, just make one.

Okay you have your list, now don't get too set on it. This is the important part. Remember: you are young, and [probably] inexperienced. Not everyone is going to want you. So when you run out of options for one thing on your list, move on to the next one, no hard feelings. What I'm saying is be open. You may not get the coolest, most perk-y job, but keep searching. And searching. Maybe it doesn't even have to do with what you like, but that's the fun part. You'll experience something new!

During your search: be persistent. Not annoying persistent, but persistent. You'll apply, then probably not hear anything. Email them a week later, reminding them of your presence. The hiring staff is probably super busy, so your email probably got lost in the shuffle. Be friendly and professional and let them know how much you want the internship. They like that.

Now, if you get an internship, take it!! Any internship is a good internship. That's the motto. It's all about the experience. Maybe you're into marketing, but you got a fashion internship. You'll still learn valuable lessons. Plus, this experience will give you a little leg up when you're a little older, wiser and in need of an internship in your field.

Annnnd finally, juice that internship for everything you can. Make connections with employees and clients alike, ask questions, make mistakes, learn something new, listen to others... just do it. There's no point in having an internship if you're not going to make everything count.

I'm so excited to get this experience from my first internship this summer! I'm working for a social media marketing company, which is my dream job. Just goes to show that if you want it, you can get it.

How to Get an Internship After Your Freshman Year

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