Why I love interning at a public library

Public Library

Because in one night I get to:

  • Help with IRS paperwork
  • Find The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Weed the old books in the YA room
  • Mark things as missing in Polaris
  • Brainstorm a YA room display
  • Help people find divorce forms online
  • Schedule rooms for group study
  • Troubleshoot a printer
  • And then go show a film for family movie night

Yep, my internship is pretty awesome.

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That time again–Spring internship season

As of this morning my winternships with Rock Your Genius and Wedding Scene Investigators have ended and I learned so much! Running an editorial calendar for WSI by scheduling articles from HARO inquiries is really difficult and I’m glad to have a little experience under my belt. The Imua Campaign for RYG is going to be amazing and I’m just sorry I don’t have more time to spend with such a great company.

 

With a little bit of overlap, I have begun my spring internships with Dormify and Pretty Young Professional. I get to explore both sides of the editorial process. As a Style Advisor with Dormify I will write articles for their blog twice a month (go see my first article), while as an editorial intern with PYP I will edit the work of others! I always get a rush at the beginning of a new internship; there is so much to learn and explore with each opportunity! Unfortunately, the beginning of one internship usually coincides with the application deadlines for the next season. An intern’s work is never done!

Just a reminder: I am updating my 2011 Reading list weekly with what I’ve read and why you should read it too.

–A

Would you pay for an internship?

There is a scary trend in internship searching: for profit companies that charge thousands for a guaranteed internship. While these internships are with the best of companies, the programs do not ensure the brightest applicants get the job. All that is needed to grab a hold of these opportunities is money.

Internships used to be the way that motivated students showed that they were ready for their first jobs. They provided opportunities for hands-on experience in the work world, but were more “icing-on-the-cake” than mandatory. Now it seems as though any college graduate needs at least two internships under their belt to be considered for an entry-level position.

What I find most startling about these for profit internship companies is that it takes away chances from more qualified–but less financially endowed–students. Students have a hard enough time coming up with the money to rent a place over the summer!

–A

Exciting News

My life has been a flurry of making packing lists, working at The Center, applying for a visa (more on that in another post), and applying for fall internships! I’m happy to report that my efforts have paid off and I’ve accepted internships at TWO places for this fall.

My internships are at College Lifestyles and Kelly Olin Coaching and Training <———–click the links to go to their websites! At College Lifestyles, as a writing intern, I will be publishing weekly blog posts about Lifestyle and Fashion topics. I’m so excited for the opportunity to write for an audience and to get some constructive feedback. For KOCT I will be a research intern, compiling information on the latest career and Gen Y trends. I really think that this internship will put me on the right path for a future career in library science.

I am bubbling over with excitement about these opportunities! I can’t believe that I found two internships that are such perfect fits and allow me to work virtually.

Ta for now,

A