Bringing yourself into the exciting world of journalism internships? Follow some of these tips on our checklist to make sure you get the most out of your future career!
- Don't forget to send your CV and references with your application!
- Showcase your journalism portfolio!
- Don't assume to get paid for your first journalism internship!
- You are lucky if you don't need to pay for your internship placement.
- Check to see whether you will get paid for your internship or not. Some people are put off by unpaid positions, however most journalism internships are unpaid.
- If the position is paid, find out how much you will get paid and for what exactly you have to do. Some positions may offer a lot of money but they could be for jobs that are out of your experience level.
- If the position is unpaid, find out what benefit the job will actually have for you. Will it bring you large amounts of experience? Will it give you new contacts in the journalism industry? These are all extremely important to consider.
- Find out what the expected work load will be. Do they expect you to write a certain amount of stories per day? Will this have an effect on your school life or personal life? Work this out before committing to anything.
- See if you will need any extra equipment. You may be being paid a lot of money only to be told you need to purchase some expensive equipment in order for you to do your job properly.
- Read up on experience stories to see how legitimate the internship actually is. The last thing you want is to be duped into something that will give your time and you won't get anything out of it.
- Make sure you keep track of what you write and what you are owed if it is a paid job. You don't want to be underpaid for work you have done or have your stories completely changed without being told prior. Ensure you have a good communication level with your bosses.
These are just a few simple tips to help you out when starting a journalism internship. Obviously each job will be different, but these are just a few examples.