Tips for Landing the Perfect Writing Internship

Hey everyone. Due to the holiday and writers block I’ve been absent for a bit, but as usual I’ll try to stay current. Today’s topic: landing that writing internship that all of us college students want. 

Recently, I was accepted as an intern by a local branch of a major TV station. Just six months ago, I had to quit my shady online internship after four months. As writing majors, there aren’t as many options as other majors. It was tough for me to land this amazing internship. Hopefully with these tips, you’ll have an easier time than I do. 

1. Be Wary of Online-Only Internships 

Call me bias, but after what happened with my scam of an internship with University Primetime, I would suggest being wary of online companies. However, some people have a different experience. One of my classmates really enjoys his online internship. 

If you really want to go with an online internship, make sure that you’ve read through their website thoroughly and that they’re a company you want to work with. If you have any doubts, look elsewhere. 

2. Don’t Back Away Just Becuase It’s Unpaid

Sometimes the best reward isn’t cash, it’s experience! If you see a company that looks awesome but doesn’t pay, don’t worry. There’s always a possibility that your unpaid position could lead to a job in the future. 

3. Go to an Internship Fair

I never went to my school’s internship fair because I thought the companies there were only looking for business or finance majors. I took a leap of faith this year, but on my business professional wear, and went to every single table in the room asking if they needed a writer, editor, journalist, or blogger. To my surprise, the very first table I went to said, “Yes! We do!” When I looked down, it was the TV station. 

4. Don’t Underestimate Your Skills

One of my favorite sayings is “Everyone needs a writing major.” And it’s true! We can write, edit, are great at deadlines, and we’re masters of social media. I thought the TV station would be looking for communications, film, or even AD/PR majors. I was wrong. So don’t be afraid to go up to the table of the company that you think doesn’t want you. Chances are that they may actually do. 

5. Totally Nail Your Interview

This one is easier said than done. I’ll elaborate on this more in my next post, but a few simple tips are familiarizing yourself with the company, dressing for success, and having questions ready for the end of the interview. 

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.