I haven’t been able to post anything this summer due to my busy schedule. Between class and my internship, I haven’t had much of a summer. However, that isn’t a bad thing.
As I reflect back on this summer, I have realized how much it has truly benefitted me. Before this summer my experience was limited to media, event planning, representation, management and recruitment.
My internship at the Averitt Center for the Arts gave me experience with photography, social media, writing, design, media advertising, and working with a non-profit. My big projects included an Annual Media Advertising Plan and an Annual Report.
One of the most important aspects for a productive workplace is the attitude of its staff. The staff at the Averitt Center was friendly and enthusiastic. Whenever I seemed to be overwhelmed, they were willing to help.
My internship was a wonderful experience, and I would recommend the Averitt Center as a prospective internship for any student. If you want to get experience, the Averitt Center will keep you busy.
Besides my internship, I learned a few things along the way that I would like to share with everyone. During my internship, I learned about why I was chosen for the internship out of the many qualifying students. Don’t worry… I’ll share my secret!
Before my initial contact with the Averitt Center, I took my resume and cover letter to Georgia Southern University’s Career Services. They critiqued everything for me. Below is a link of my resume.
After my resume and cover letter was ready, I sent an email with my cover letter as the body and my resume as an attachment. Two days after I sent the email, I made a follow-up phone call. I was given a time to interview.
Get others involved! People think that you should prepare for an interview by looking through the company’s website and social media outlets. They are right, but there is more you can do. I got a group of friends together, and we made a list of things they wished the Averitt Center would offer to the public. When I was organizing my portfolio, I let a classmate look through it and give me comments.
During the interview, I tried to focus on every detail of each question that they asked. It is important to answer the questions correctly. At the end of the interview, they asked if I had anything to say. I told them that I came up a list of ideas to help the Averitt Center. I gave a few of my ideas off of the list. Try not to give them all until your hired. It is also important to ask when they will be making a decision that way you know when you should follow-up.
After the interview, I went in my car and wrote a Thank you card for every person that conducted the interview. I left them with the front desk. When it comes time for them to make a decision, ALWAYS make a follow-up phone call. That’s when I was informed that I got the internship.
I hope that this information was helpful to those that are about to interview and looking for experience before they graduate college. To look at some of my work, feel free to visit my Social Media Resume.