Friday, June 14, 2013

The Internship Struggle

I've mentioned on here a few times recently that I don't have an internship for the summer. I applied to about 50 internships for this summer and only heard back from a few of them. That's just how the broadcast industry works. 

There was no network left unturned. I applied to internships with ESPN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX. Primarily because they all have sport-related networks connected with them. That was my primary goal for the summer… sports. I made it to the final round of interviews for an ESPN internship and interviewed with Tennis Channel, which were my top 2 choices and didn't land either of them. 

And looking back, I maybe should have applied to smaller stations like many of my friends did and I may be better off this summer. But I was determined not to settle. And here I sit. 

There are plenty of people around me in the same boat, so I don't feel bad for myself. And I understand that I have an extra summer to find the perfect internship. So this summer I've had to find other ways of keeping my resume moving and keeping my head up about the whole thing. 

After school ended in early May, I had two weeks off then started a Maymester (hoping I would start an internship in June.) I turned out to be wrong about an internship, but it turned out to be one of the best decisions I've made in a while. For this class, I got to cover two NCAA National Championships. How awesome is that? That's resume-worthy and I did some really good work in that time. 

The month of June is more or less my month off. I've spent it getting my apartment clean and organized for the remainder of the summer and fall. 

July is going to be so much fun! So many 21st birthday celebrations (including mine!) and trips and festivities. I have the privilege of being credentialed media for sports events throughout the summer because I'll be a real-life reporter starting in the fall! AH! So I'll be at SEC Media Days in July and I'm so pumped! I'll be shooting promos and such beforehand as well. Which is perfect for a resume reel.  

It's easy for me to kick myself for not trying enough or not stepping out of my little bubble, but that gets me nowhere. So, I'm doing the best I can to benefit myself as much as possible this summer without the word "internship" on my resume for this summer. 

I'm also looking into so many other options for the rest of the summer and fall to help boost my resume. At the end of the day, if I do as much as I can and feel confident in that, no one can take that away from me. I'm quite content with the content on my resume right now and I still have quite some time before I graduate, so there is no reason to beat myself up about this.

And it's taken me quite some time to realize that. 

I apologize for the heavy post, but I needed to talk it out with myself a little bit as well.

Have you have any personal battles like this before? How did you deal with them?

xoxo, jgp 

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