Tips for Getting a Writing Internship

I’m going to sway away from talking about edits and publishing progress to share a new experience that I had yesterday. As many of you know, I was extremely heartbroken to find out that the internship I worked so hard to get in January for the website University Primetime was a total scam.

Since then I had given up, then started trying again to find a new internship. I looked at websites again, but everything was “virtual” or solely online. I just can’t trust a place that doesn’t have an actual office. So I took a leap of faith and ironed my old blazer, fixed up my resume, and went to my school’s official internship fair. I knew that in between all the banks and logistics companies, someone, somewhere, had to need a writer/editor/journalist. So while I was there, here are a few things I learned.

1. Sell Yourself

Dressing up and bringing a resume are just part of it. Shake hands, introduce yourself, make eye contact. Talk a little bit about what’s on your resume.

2. Show a Variety of Skills

Writers don’t just write fiction or poetry. While in some areas we’re stronger than others, we can do a lot of things. We can copy edit our work, we’re vigilant readers, we most likely have a blog, and for college students, having to hand in a portfolio at the end of the semester for nearly every class makes us killer organizers.

3. Don’t Downplay Your Acomplishments

Even if you weren’t published in print or don’t have thousands of followers on social media, it never hurts to talk about a finished novel or that book you edited for a Wattpad user. Companies will like that you’re passionate and determined about something.

4. You Don’t Have to be an Ad/PR Major to Advertise

This was probably the most important thing that I learned yesterday. If a company says they need someone in advertising, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to shoot and edit a commercial or design a billboard logo. Many, many companies have social media that needs managing, blogs to update, and events/products that need to be advertised.

All of us want to make it to the big leagues. We all start small. In my opinion, writers are the absolute BEST people for advertising, because we do it all the time! We know all about compelling people to read and buy our works. We have blogs and tons of other social media accounts, where we post about our books whenever we get the chance. We’re social media gurus.

So if a company says they’re looking for someone to advertise, don’t forget to tell them all the experience you have with social media!

Best of luck to all you other hopeful writing interns out there.

“But I’m Tired!” The Procrastination Struggle

I think every writer since the beginning of time has faced this issue: we’re tired and don’t feel like getting done what needs to get done. Let’s face it, writing is a lot of work, no matter how much we love it.

I had a pretty large gap in the past few days between my edits of “Knowing You’re There.” Right now I am currently on chapter 7, and would like to have the novel beta read by the end of the semester so that I can go home and work on it throughout winter break. But the realization of homework and TV hit me and I took a break.

I could’ve been about 5 chapters ahead of where I am. But that’s not important. Well, actually it really is to me, but my lack of recent success isn’t the main point of this post. So, how can we as writers overcome the fact that we’re tired or want to do something else?

1. Just keep reminding yourself

What bothers me the most about not getting a chapter done in KYT is that time is slipping away. And that thought just seems to repeat itself over and over again.

2. Tell yourself, “This is more important.”

It’s true. Unless you think that show on Netflix is actually more important than your writing career.

3. Consider coffee

Or an energy drink. Or candy. What ever you need to keep yourself awake and focused after a long day of work/listening to professors talk about how smart they are.

As always, I hope you fellow writers find these tips sarcastically funny, but also a little helpful at the same time.