After attending school for so many years, I most certainly want to work in my field of study. Of course that is no simple task. So, I’ve been thinking about what would be my next step since I will be graduating this year. From what I’ve learned both international and local companies want to hire someone who has experience working in the field, a seasoned professional, they are less prepared to hire a ‘newbie’ that will need training. So I feel the best way to get over this hump is to seek out internships in organizations that specialize in your field, in my case perhaps a Public Relations firm, however, I can also decide to intern in the corporate communications department of a company. I have been looking particularly at internships internationally lately i.e. Internships in England and the United States. You might wonder why I wouldn’t choose internships locally but there are very few in Trinidad and those few are also near impossible to get. As such, I have decided to broaden my scope from my original idea of a local internship. Of course, seeing that I have chosen to try finding an internship internationally it will need to be a paid internship so I can fund my stay in whatever country I end up going to if I’m successful.
My goal of course is to gain experience, from seasoned professionals, which no class could possibly teach. I generally, have a thirst to know anything and everything surrounding my field, not just academically, I also really want hands on experience in the communications, advertising and media world. So what better way to get a chance to learn more, than with an internship? In my search for a place to intern I decided to go big and chose some of the most reputable companies in media. Companies where I could be trained by a team of top professionals in the business that will give me the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge that would prove invaluable.
Internships are general a good way to develop a sound understanding of your field. I think anyone that’s about to finish university or has just completed it should try to get an internship so that they can get valuable experience and a chance to network with others in the same field. Soon, I will most certainly be applying to various companies in hopes of securing a life changing internship somewhere. So wish me luck.