Finding an Internship
Do I have to find it myself? Where do I start? Who can help me? What if I need to stay in Rexburg?
Every student is responsible to find his or her own internship; here are some resources and ideas to help you in your search.
- The Career Navigator, available on the Academic Discovery Center website, is a large database of positions currently available in a variety of fields. Companies all over the world regularly contribute additional jobs, so even if you don't find something that's a good fit right away, check back often. Using a variety of keywords related to your major and emphasis will help. Please note that the College of Business and Communication distributes a regular e-newsletter that includes internship opportunities from the database that are relevant to students within the college.
- The department's Facebook page, "Brigham Young University-Idaho Communication Department," posts internship opportunities regularly. (Other Facebook pages and groups have similar names but are not the department's official Facebook presence.)
- Both the university and the Communication Department host career fairs each semester. Check with university and department calendars to find out when the next ones are and plan to attend.
- Church Service Missionaries in 11 major U.S. cities—Boise, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Seattle and Washington D.C.—have the assignment of helping BYU-Idaho students network to find internships in their respective areas. If you are from one of these areas, or if you've always wanted to live in one of these areas, contact the missionaries and solicit their help in your search.
- The Church offers a variety of helps in employment searching, including employment centers, workshops and a website, ldsjobs.org.
- The Alumni Network, part of the BYU-Idaho Alumni Association, will help connect you with those who have graduated from BYU-Idaho and have agreed to help network with and mentor students like you. These graduates could be a vital resource not only for finding internships but also for getting insight about the transition from collegiate life to corporate life.
- The BYU Management Society is a premier organization for business professionals to network, develop careers and serve communities. You can join the BYU-Idaho chapter of this global organization and network with people in a variety of fields—people who could help you identify internship leads.
- InternQueen.com is a blog site dedicated to helping people search for, obtain and be successful in internships. The site's posts cover tips on the various aspects finding an internship and what to expect during your time as an intern, from starting to apply through the end of the internship. The site also allows internship searching by keyword or location. Some of the internships in the system are a year or two old, but they might still advise you about companies that offer internships, and you can further investigate those opportunities with the sponsoring organization directly.
- Journalismjobs.com is a great resource for internship- and job-seeking communication students and professionals. Here, you can search for communication positions across several dimensions of the discipline as well as across the world. In addition to the job aspect, the site also has resources for communication specialists such as information on media ethics and salaries, researching tools, social media links for communication-related companies and organizations, and a freelance-writing training course.
- The Poynter Institute has a job and internship database for various communication positions, mainly in the fields of journalism and broadcasting. In addition to the site's job and internship database, it has a video database with videos of tips on building a strong resume, personal branding, networking, and getting a position, among other things in the job- or internship-finding process.
- The Public Relations Society of America website is a great resource for finding communication internships. Its database includes options to search based on a key word, position title, location, job function, industry or organizational setting.
- The Academic Discovery Center has a collection of "list" books based on major metropolitan areas. For instance, if are looking at living in Seattle, visit the ADC in the Manwaring Center and ask for their "Seattle List Book." In it, you can find lists of advertising agencies, newspapers, TV stations and so forth. Such lists could be helpful in situations when you're looking for opportunities in a particular location.
- Whether or not a "list book" exists for your city, if you're looking to work in a particular place, try to find out the "major employers" of that region. Universities, municipalities, banks, hospitals and various commercial companies may be on the list. For help in identifying such companies, check with someone who has lived or who now lives in that area. Then, visit the "employment" section of those organizations' websites.
- GoingGlobal offers career and employment information for 38 countries and for 53 cities in the U.S. and Canada. This resource is helpful for students who hope to work internationally.
- A Linkedin profile can connect you to others in your field. The Academic Discovery Center offers workshops that will teach you how to better utilize this great resource. Start your profile today at LinkedIn.com.
- Networking through your personal contacts can also help. This could include professors, people from your home ward and stake (including your stake employment specialist), classmates who have completed internships and even friends.
- Contact companies you are interested in working for. Start on the organization's website in their "employment" or "about" section. If you don't see what you're looking for, consider contacting the human-resources department or communication group to see if they might consider letting you complete an internship with the company. Be sure to conduct research about the company first so you know what they're all about and so that you can be educated as you talk about possibilities with hiring managers.
- If you need to stay in Rexburg to complete an internship, perhaps because you need to intern part-time while you're in school or because of family commitments, your best option may be to look among opportunities with local nonprofit organizations. Although many such positions are unpaid, nonprofits are unlikely to turn away people willing to help their cause, and they often can offer flexibility with schedules and assignments that other companies don't. Moreover, this would be a great opportunity to affiliate your name with renowned organizations like the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity or the United Way.
Some students might feel overwhelmed looking for an internship. Don't feel like you need to try all of these ideas at once. Instead, consider setting aside a particular time each week to devote to your internship search. For instance, if you have a break Tuesday afternoon following devotional, devote 30 minutes of that block of time each week to trying one of the ideas listed here. As you work on this over time, you should start to receive responses and see results.
|Academic Discovery Center: Career Services
|Academic Discovery Center: Internship Office
|Brother Joel Judkins, Communication Department Internship Coordinator
"Students who worked only unpaid internships were almost 30 percent less likely to receive a job offer after graduation than students who had worked at least one paid internship." — National Association of Colleges and Employers