Being an undergraduate student of the prestigious University of Delhi, pursuing a hip course like Journalism, one starts to believe that after the three lovely years of college, life will become bliss. Hundreds of media organizations will start queuing up to hire you and you start building your castle in the air. This was just exactly my perspective two years ago when I had joined this course. Three years from now and I will be “the queen”. After all I knew I will start earning.
I always knew that Mass Communications was my calling. The winter break in the very first year provided me with an opportunity to intern with a media house and utilize this time. As a fresher you come across as a someone who just keeps on staring into the cabin of the interviewer when you are called to face your first interview.
Well I did start out as an intern with a website of a reputed news channel. This was my first time and I wasn’t going to be paid. So, I found it extremely challenging to keep myself motivated! As time progressed, the office became a part of my life. The high which I used to get when I told people ‘do not disturb me, I am at work’, was immense! By the time, the internship got over, I took with me an experience that will not only add to my Curriculum Vitae, but will also open doors for me for my future! Such is the pleasure of interning with any organization pertaining to your field and interest.
An internship implies that you receive some sort of training with any organization while studying simultaneously. Internships today constitute a major part of any student’s CV. Everyone today is aware that the four cornered education provided by our institutions will definitely suffice for a degree at the end of the course but the practical hands on approach will not add up to the value of the degree and it will just look like another piece of paper. Employers also today look at the internship background of a person before he/she can be zeroed in for a job. They now are on a lookout for that sort of an employee who knows some of the work beforehand and can work with minimum directions.
Most of all he brings the right attitude to the work place.
Historically, internships were not looked at something which could sharpen somebody’s skills but were pursued only as a hobby which a person took up to fill in the unutilized time. Today internships share the same podium as that of a ‘trainee’ in an organization who looks forward to being absorbed in the organization at some point of time. Internships are valuable for various reasons.
Firstly, when you start interning at different places, you get a hang of which field is suitable for you. Secondly, you tend to think a step forward than your peers and lastly the most beneficial aspect of an internship lies in the fact that you might just land up with a job in the organization where you are interning.
While selecting your first internship, keep a few things in mind:
· Go for an organization that will make you work. It is a well known fact that bog organizations do not utilize an intern’s talent to the greatest extent.
· Try to stay away from office internal politics.
· Being regular at work is of prime importance, so do not take frequent leaves from office.
· Sometimes the working hours might tend to stretch a bit so try not getting restless.
· Be in the good books of your mentors as they will be helpful in the long run even after you are done with your internship.
The more number of internships, the better career choices you will make and the easier it will get to choose your desired field of profession. Also, you will gain insights into different fields and work environments.You can’t get any of this while you are sitting and attending lectures in your classroom. With so many advantages in sight, also be cautious while choosing your office-
· Go for a place whose background can be verified.
· Do not trust internet portals all the time for jobs. They might not be genuine.
· Try going in for a not-so-famous place. They will make you work.
· Do not ask for a paid internship if you are a fresher with no experience.
With four internships in my kitty and still craving for more, internships have benefitted me a lot and like me many others. In my opinion, no matter what your course, do try to utilize and sharpen your skills as a practical hands on work is always counted as much as the marks you scored in your semester examination!