Internship Tips from the White House

Having had my fair share of internships and internship opportunities, I collaborated with Rachel Scott, broadcast journalist on ABC and former White House intern to walk you through the entire process: How to get a good internship, the interview process, how to dress, and what to absolutely avoid.

On Getting a Good Internship

 

Screenshot_2016-07-04-20-57-34-1Don’t let fear keep you from pursuing any opportunity, Rachel says.  “I found the application online and applied on the whim without expecting any results. Little did I know, that small decision to send in an application would change my life. When I received a call for an interview and later an offer for the position, I was in shock to say the least. The White House internship program is competitive but not impossible. I would encourage anyone who’s interested to apply.”

On that note, apply for everything you possibly can. Don’t be intimidated by opportunities you think you are not worthy of. Interning at your uncle’s shop may be a lot easier than fighting for a spot at Google, but you need to be willing to go the extra mile and fight for it.

Spend time to groom your C.V. Don’t use the same C.V for multiple applications. It can be a time consuming process, but it’s absolutely worth it.

You got the internship, what now?

You’re going to have to work hard to maintain the image you displayed during the interview process. A lot of people work hard at presenting the best versions of themselves at the interviews but a week later, they start to show their true colours. If you lie on your C.V and you want to be kept on the job after the internship, you’re going to have to be lying for a very long time. Moral of the story being; don’t lie on your C.V. The hiring office isn’t stupid, they’ve come across thousands of applications and they’re experts at fishing out unrealistic qualifications and investigating their authenticity.

What advice would you give people who want to work in journalism?

Screenshot_2016-07-04-21-41-32-1“I would tell young people interested in journalism to get experience early on. There’s so many great fellowships, conferences and internships for high school students and college students. Those opportunities will help set you apart from the rest of the pack and you’ll gain valuable experience.”

For more Interview tips see Outfits That Will Make You Stand Out at Your Summer Internship

See my interview with Rachel here

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