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Top 10 Tips To Get Media Internships

Tips to get Media Internships
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Top 10 Tips To Get Media Internships

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Many young people get the opportunity to gain practical work experience before they start working at a company full-time as an employee. Such opportunities are called internships. You can be sure to expand your skillset when you work as an intern. Working as a media intern will help you gain significant knowledge of digital media and the underlying opportunities.

During your internship, you will get acquainted with the workplace environment, various professional opportunities that exist within a company and the work routines of your colleagues as well as the approach they use to tackle project deadlines.

However, there are some things you must keep in mind before applying for a media internship or while working as an intern. The following basic work principles are universal and will definitely give you an edge during your application process.

After you start working as an intern, these principles will help you get a strong recommendation letter from your employer which will help you kickstart your career.

1.Be considerate of your language.

When coordinating with your employer, you should be careful not to use unprofessional language that people use when communicating on social media apps.

This includes not using incomplete sentences, abbreviations instead of complete sentences and an informal structure of conversation. You should also maintain a flow of communication limited to emails and containing all formal greetings.

2.Never act desperate.

Even if you have spent a significant amount of time finding an internship and applying for it and you really need it, still you must be patient during your application process. You should avoid trying to contact the company repeatedly to find out whether you’re hired or not, which will only annoy them in the course of time.

No matter how qualified you are, if you act too desperate for an interview, you can be sure you might not get one.

3.Your academic performance is crucial.

A lot of young people believe that working in the media does not require formal education or good academic credentials. This is certainly not true when applying for an internship in prominent companies which are leaders in mass media.

In order to get lucrative career opportunities, it is crucial to pursue a bachelor’s degree or diploma in a relevant field before you start working to gain a strong foothold. You should not downplay the importance of education in today’s world where having a good academic background will make you capable of learning things faster.

4.Always be punctual.

When you finally get accepted for an interview, you should make sure to be there on time. If you’re late it puts a bad impression on your employer regarding your punctuality. Serious reasons for coming late can be obviously understood, but otherwise, you should consider coming before time to avoid being late.

After you start working as an intern, make sure to submit your projects on time or negotiate your deadlines well in advance to tackle the workload. Punctuality is the number one virtue you can develop as an intern.

5.Create exemplary projects.

For your application, try to create short videos which express a commitment to quality. You can attach school and college projects to present your creativity. Showing projects that include lame humor, horror story and inappropriate sequences will only earn you rejection. Submit your work that has proper story sequence, professionally written script, good cinematography, a message and a good conclusion.

6.Work without expecting a lot

You must try to complete the tasks assigned to you with sincerity and not try to overreach your requests to include you in writing a movie script or filming a movie. Being part of such projects requires substantial work experience and you should always start small and work your way up while never stopping to aim big.

7.Show regard for your employer’s time.

Whenever you coordinate with your employer, make sure to always speak to the point. Their time is precious and they know it. Once they feel you’re wasting their time, it might get difficult for you to delegate enough time to speak with them. Also, be sure to be punctual.

8.Be well equipped with appropriate knowledge.

Before applying for an internship in a company, you can research the industry the company is working in, the services they provide or the movies they make, etc. Try to get acquainted with what the company does and in which direction it intends to go. This knowledge will put you at an advantage when preparing reports or during brainstorming sessions in a meeting.

9.Maintain a professional relationship.

Many people make the mistake of not realizing the preferred mode of communication with the senior management. It is certainly not wise to send friend requests to your employer or other senior managers on social media. Also, you should be careful before messaging them personally other than emails as it exhibits unprofessional behavior.

10.Be humble whenever possible.

Whenever you are addressing your employer, make sure to use Mr./sir/Mrs./ma’am, etc. This helps your employer to look beyond your resume or qualifications and demonstrates your attitude towards those in authority and your maturity.

Conclusion

These rules will help you not only in your internship but in all walks of your life. It will help you launch your professional career earlier than most people and maintain lifelong relationships with your colleagues and employers. They are not rules which must be followed but they will certainly help you to stand out in the crowd.