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Month: July 2019

How to Secure an Internship

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting at an AirBnB in Louisville with some of my co workers. We are here to film an All-Access show on Louisville Football for the ACC Network. Obviously, this a huge opportunity. I’ll receive a media credit for the show as well, which will look great on my resume as I apply for jobs in the future.

None if this should be possible for someone who is as new to the industry as I am. That’s why I’m so greatful for this internship. If I were to give any advice for future students who are looking to have an experience as great as I’m having this summer, I would say it really is who you know. It sounds like a cliche, but I was connected to this company because my uncle went to college with the founder. This alone will not get you an internship however. You must still be qualified, knowing someone is just essential to help you stand out from other qualified applicants.

The next thing that I think is important for students to know is how to be a good intern. This is vitally important because everyone’s end goal is to turn their internship into a job. From my experience, the best way to be a good intern is simple: just work hard. You aren’t expected to know anything, and you shouldn’t feel bad asking for help/an explanation. But working hard is something that takes no knowledge or talent, and it is something that people will notice right away. Also, don’t be afraid to volunteer for things. One thing that I was told early on was that it’s better to be active and try to help than to hang in the background and worry about screwing up.

Relationship Building

Things have been going great here at TA Films. Since the shoot with the Carolina Panthers during my first week on the job, I have worked in the studio using Adobe Premiere to edit footage for upcoming projects, I’ve been back to Bank of America Stadium to help set up and record an interview, and I’ve been on the road working on ESPN projects in Louisiana and South Carolina. All of this has been great to help me make friendships with other interns and members of the staff. While in the studio I’ve worked a lot with the interns (one who is a student at Chapman, one who is a student at Purdue). The interesting part, however, is the friendships I’ve made with my coworkers. They range in age from 20’s-30’s, so it is easy to interact with them, and the time spent on the road with them has been a lot of fun.

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