Do you know those seasons of life when trying something out is the only way to figure out? Figure out what we like to do, what we don't like to do, how to do it, how not to do it. These are the questions that to discover an answer we have to step out onto uneven ground.
Time spent in college or while we are still young adults is uneven ground. It is riveted with new things, learning, mistakes, opportunities. One of those opportunities lies in discovering what you're talents are and how you can use them.
Internships serve as the perfect haven to try it out - learn, make mistakes, and welcome opportunities in the field you may find compatible to your talents.
These photos are a glimpse into my summer in New York City - during an internship between Junior and Senior year of college. I learned so much about myself and about what I could handle. Sometimes we are pushed into that "out of the box" arena to be stretched and grow. It's important to reach for that stretching. Many times it can be found in an internship experience. Get out there and see if it's for you.
A few tips for the internship-seeker:
1 \\ Shoot for the Stars. Really. It's smart to go after the internship you really want. Craft a list of the top jobs first and begin to pursue. The excitement you feel will be clearly evident and your chances of getting the job will double.
2 \\ Brand Yourself. Learn what you can bring to the workplace and showcase that. From the interview and through your first days, remember you are being noticed. Make sure the first impression is one that sticks.
3 \\ Make Phone Calls. We are too reliant on the computer these days. There is still something to be said for the personal phone call or voice mail. let the company know you are interested and willing to do more than type a quick email.