Trying to get an internship may seem like a scary thing to do. Here are four starter tips and tricks to better prepare you so it doesn’t seem as intimidating.
- Develop a portfolio. As an artist, a portfolio is very important. It shows a prospective employer what you are capable of. Portfolios can separate you from someone else with the same degree and experience. Your portfolio should show a variety of skills. Depending on what kind of internship you are applying to, you should have art pieces in your portfolio that relate to the field you are applying to. If it is a Graphic Design internship there should be projects showcasing what you can do with Photoshop, Illustrator, and/or InDesign. For those who are pursuing an Illustration internship, original designs that showcase your ability as an Illustrator should fill your portfolio.
- Look for any internship opportunities close by. If you can find an internship that is easy to travel to, that is one less thing you have to worry about. Like any job, it is easier if you don’t have to worry about the commute every day. That doesn’t mean however that if you get an internship that is farther away that it isn’t good or ideal. Just think about the commute every day and make sure you will be able to be on time or early every day to your internship.
- Find an internship that you are interested in. The saying “If you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life” really is true. Do what you love and will help you get a job one day.
- Look at the list of requirements for the internship. Some internship opportunities require a certain set of skills such as proficiency in Illustrator or a certain age group. Before you apply for an internship, make sure you fulfill these requirements. If they require certain equipment, check to see if you have the supplies they want you to have, or obtain it before the internship starts.
These are only a few tips that can help you with the process of finding an internship. Faculty Advisers can also help answer any questions about what you might need for applications and any miscellaneous questions you might have about internships. Whatever field you get an internship in, make as many connections as you can as early as you can. Internships are a great way to take a step into the work world and show people what you can do as well as meet potential employers, or make connections with other people in companies. Wherever you find an internship, I hope these tips help you and good luck.