When it came time to start applying for summer internships, I began to send my resume far and wide, hoping to potentially land an internship either in New York City or my hometown of Atlanta. I stayed persistent throughout the process, continually applying and patiently waiting to hear back. Yet responses were slim, and even for a person who highly believes there is still potential for the Jonas Brothers to get back together, I began to wonder, “Would I even land an internship at all?” I was determined not to let my summer go to waste, so I began to rethink my options and assess where else could I possibly get experience. That was when I discovered the possibility of an online internship, something I had never heard or thought of before.
I was first introduced to the option of an online internship after searching through a website called Internmatch.com. Two online publications were looking for contributing writers, so I saw an opportunity and applied to both, hoping at least one of them would respond. To my surprise, they both did, and soon I found myself as a contributing writer for two separate publications. The first was an online news channel for fashion and art news called Jolie Gazette. Here, my responsibility was to keep the site’s gossip section up-to-date on all things fashion and celebrity news. For the second one, I was a contributing writer for a Chicago-based travel magazine called Extrospection Magazine, where every week I was pitching ideas to a creative director and meeting deadlines for approved articles.
I was delighted to not have just landed one internship but two. Yet a question lingered in the back of my head: “Will this be beneficial?” It was something I had never heard of anyone else doing before, so I wondered, “Will it be a waste?” Thankfully, it was not. These online internships were very beneficial and offered great experience.
As a contributing writer for Extrospection Magazine, I was able to learn and experience first hand the process of brainstorming, pitching and writing articles. Additionally, through weekly Skype brainstorming sessions, I experienced what it was like to effectively interact with a team of interns and a creative director to seamlessly execute collaborative projects.
At Jolie Gazette I was given much responsibility to produce daily articles chronicling art, fashion and celebrity news to a readership of over 7,000. I was constantly making sure my articles were accurate and attributed well. This greatly instilled stronger writing skills.
Both internships were such great experiences. What was even greater was that I could do it all from my bed, at Starbucks, at the beach or even while on a car ride. So, as the time comes for you to start thinking about internships, keep your mind open to online internships. They are not the norm, but they are a great alternative and still very valuable.
-by Jada Culver, PRSSA Executive Member
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