In this tough economy, there is only one thing that college grads think about, getting a job. In an economy like this one, many grads stop trying to look for jobs in the major that they had in college and start applying for any thing under the sun to make ends meet. Internships however are an easy way to solve this problem as they are a way to “get your foot into the door.” I interviewed one of my classmates who recently is getting awesome internship interviews. Her name is Josmari Rodriguez- a senior of journalism at Towson University.
When you were searching for an internship did you necessarily want something in fashion or were you looking for a basic journalism internship? When I started looking for an internship I wanted to lean toward fashion. When I applied to Marie Claire, they interviewed me imediately, of course I didn’t get it because I’m working on a second opportunity. I’m glad I didn’t get it because I wasn’t ready and I applied to the wrong department. I applied to the fashion department instead of the features department where I could write about fashion. duh. At least it was an experience, I learned so much about writing since then and I’m so much more prepared for an interview because the first one was a disaster! It’s funny now, but it wasn’t funny when I was asked a question and all I did was stare out the window of the 34th floor, thinking “this is not real.”
Where have you searched for internships? I have searched for internships in eight different places this time around from local to out of state. I applied to my favorite magazines, which is always a good idea, as well as Baltimore Style and Girl’s Life in the city.
Where have you landed your internship?I haven’t gotten an internship YET. on the 11th of this month I will be going to NY for a second interview but this time with Latina magazine. I’m very excited because I feel so prepared and I see no reason why I shouldn’t have it in the bag.
What skills do you feel you have that would add to your experience at your internship?I can edit pretty well and I’m not too bad of a writer.
My personality is so laid back that being crunched for time doesnt bother me at all. My curiousity for so many things help me be a better journalist. I care about so many things and I’m open to so much I can investigate, promote, and inspire. I like to make things known, tell a story or just admire fashion and write about that. There is a story behind everything and I love finding them.
How did you find your internship?As I was applying I just thought of Latina magazine and said “how the hell could I forget about this!” Im thinking positive and preparing myself for the interview and trying to find a cute pair of black boots for chilly NY.
What advice can you give to college juniors and seniors on what the most effective way to get an internship would be?Honestly, dont make your cover letter academic. The editors you’re sending it to only has a paper in their hand to get to know you. Not a picture not a video, nothing. If your personality isn’t in the cover letter most likely they will get bored and move on to the next letter that will spark them. I didn’t ask any teacher to revise my cover letters nor did i go to academic planning office yet, I got interviews. I had a friend read my cover letter to see what changes she would make and she squeezed all my personality out of it and made it dry, black and white, very academic. I’m just so glad I’m the type of person that follows my heart. Glad I didn’t use her edition.
I wish Josmari all the success, and do let us know when you get that internship.