How to Be a BOSS Intern

B.A. in Communication = yes!

B.A. in Communication + real-world experiences + professional relationships + employable skills = yaaaassssss!

To retrieve the product of the latter equation, you need to intern. An internship will allow you to apply the lessons you’ve learned in the classroom to a professional setting and hopefully gain a ton of new knowledge along the way.

Here are a few tips to ensure that you make the best of your internship experience:

·         Take initiative

Every intern has different responsibilities. Some are jam-packed with work, while others have a little more down time as they wait for their work assignments.

If you do find yourself twiddling your thumbs on the job, don’t be afraid to take some initiative. Volunteer to assist on a project or ask to shadow a full-time associate at the organization.

Remember: this experience is what you make of it. If there’s an opportunity for you to learn something new, seize it.

·         Build relationships

As an intern, you’re surrounded by people who are doing what you dream of doing. Why not make some connections? For the career that you want, it’s not just about what you know, but who you know.

Remember to be respectful and considerate to everyone at your organization. Then, maintain these relationships. Even after you stop interning, you may need a professional reference or letter of recommendation later.

·         Keep everything!

For every social media post you create, every package you edit, every blog post you write, keep them. Upload them to Google Drive or keep physical copies in a safe place where they’re easily accessible. When you’re ready, you can collect your work and begin building your professional portfolio.

I know us comm majors hate math, but here’s another group of equations:

Internship experience on resume = awesome

Internship experience on resume + portfolio = awesome2

For more information about internships, visit our Internship Coordinator, Dr. Carol Madere in DVIC 227, or email here at cmadere@selu.edu. Once you’re ready to take on this position, talk to her about enrolling in Comm 459: Internship so you can receive course credit for your experience.

If you’re feeling apprehensive about the responsibilities, remember our pep talk. Also, be prepared to learn what you dislike about the field, for you may consider pursuing a different direction in your focus area or even a different focus area completely.

Make us proud, Comm Lions.

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