Are you tired of watching TV, going on your computer, and texting all day, all through summer? Then maybe it’s time to get your behind off the couch and into some serious searching for an internship instead of doing the usual ho-hum activities that are bound to get old at some point.
Since you love what you used to do every time school is out (TV, computer, and cell phones) then maybe you can find your internship niche in telecommunications. Tele…what? Telecommunications is what makes it possible for you to get connected to Ellen, go on Facebook or Twitter, and text your Zac Ephron-look alike of a beau, that’s what it is.
It’s going to be something worth your time, as you will find out if you successfully pursue your internship.
Here’s how to find a telecommunications job internship:
- First, ask yourself honestly if you are cut out for this kind of job. You know you are meant for this if you plan to go into a degree that is related to or is all about telecommunications.
- Look for an internship program. There are two ways to approach this. First, you can make inquiries at your school. Many companies tie up with schools to make the internship program more accessible to students so you might want to look into this. Second, go online or check the jobs page of the local or national newspapers that your parents subscribe to. AT&T, Verizon, local cable TV and radio networks, and even your local phone company can provide you with internship opportunities if you happen to be at the right place at the right time.
- Do your research about telecommunication jobs in general. Though you are applying for an internship program, you have to know which aspect of telecommunications you would want to go into as a learning experience. IT infrastructure, broadcasting, and telephony are just some of the interesting topics that you might want to get busy with during your internship. Even before you begin, you have to know what you want, right?
- Send your application letter and resume. Make sure your letter and resume are top notch and Grade A. Seek the advice of your school’s English department head if you have reservations.
- Attach your latest photo. Make it formal and appropriate for corporate perusal. You are seeking an internship at a corporate entity not a part time thing at the In-N-Out Burger.
- Actively seek mentoring. You have to be realistic about being an intern. Sometimes you have to photocopy office documents, do some filing, and run errands for management people - hot coffee or bagels even! Well, you will do a lot of fetching and running around. These are all part of an internship program. You cannot dodge this but you can turn the situation to your advantage by volunteering yourself to these tasks which will make people notice what other interns often lack: INITIATIVE. This makes it possible for you to go from being an intern and evolve into becoming a mentee courtesy of a mentor. When you have a mentor, you will learn faster about the job than anyone who is just into interning for the heck of it. So go for it. INITIATE.
Be open to all kinds of opportunities. You know you’ve found the right internship program because you can’t wait to show up on your first day.