Finding an Internship is Not Easy, But Possible – A Student Story

~~ Guest post by Delroy Coke, Senior Advertising Major and Member of Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society ~~

On July 5, 2012 ,I was interning at Prudential Fox and Roach as a marketing associate. During my second week of the summer internship, I did not feel any passion towards my job assignment. Therefore, the next day I resigned from the marketing associate internship.

At the same time, I dedicated the next seven to eight weeks of summer to reach out to different advertising agencies, sports and entertainment organizations, and so forth. I looked for any internship openings in the advertising and communications industry. I went to every interview with confidence and maintained a professional poise. Every day, I constantly spent time on the computer checking my e-mail for results from the interviews. However, I was very disappointed that another person with more experience got the job. I had to keep my head high throughout the rejection process and regain my confidence for my next interview.

Throughout my difficult time of finding an internship, I had a strong support system of family and friends who encouraged me to keep researching different job search websites such as Career Builder, Monster, Rowan’s career management center website and so forth. On Monday August 20th, I was hired by Beasley Broadcast Group-Philadelphia in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania for the fall semester.

Currently, I am learning about the radio industry through promotions and production internship. I am receiving plenty of praise and respect from my employers and becoming very passionate about the field. I appreciate the internship opportunity I received. Still, I am determined to find another internship in the advertising and communication industry before I graduate in May 2013.

For any students looking for internships in the communication and creative arts field, take advantage of networking events, job fairs, online job search websites, and student conferences. The two greatest advantages you have during your time at Rowan University are talking to your professors/advisors, being involved in the award-winning communication clubs and organizations on campus, and attending the career management center to help with resumes, portfolios, and guidance.

The best advice I can give was summed up by legendary college basketball head coach Jim Valvano who said, “Don’t Give up, Don’t Ever Give Up!” If I can find an internship through persistence, everyone else can find their perfect internship, too.

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