Hello People! Did you miss me? No? Well, I definitely missed you. Anyway, I’ve got some really good news!
I’ve recently been accepted to 5 total internships: 3 Journalism, 1 copy-editing, and 1 in Chemistry. As you know, just getting a degree in college is almost pointless without gaining job experience. Internships are basically entry- level jobs. So to internships.com, I went. And I wasn’t disappointed.
Being that I’m a Journalism major(as well as Chemistry but that’s another post) most of the ones that I applied for are able to be done virtually. Gotta love the internet. Here’s the breakdown on three of the journalism ones:
Okay, Jyrno is the first internship that I got accepted to. Although, I applied for it through internships.com, had I come across it in a search engine, I could’ve just applied directly to the site. They seem to have an open registration system. It’s basically a platform where young journalism students can post stories of their choosing and build their resume. For people who haven’t had any prior experience, it’s a great place to showcase your skills, writing style, and gain exposure.
It’s been about a month, and I like it so far. The interface is user- friendly and easy to navigate. Posting articles on Jyrno is just as easy as posting on WordPress. The founder usually gives out the topics for assignment each morning, but we can choose the actual story ourselves. Some days, the choice is entirely ours. After we submit articles, they usually take 48 hours to become live on the site. However, I recently had a story take a full seven days to post. From what I understand, the site is in the process of transferring to a sleeker site.
The only downside, is that it is unpaid. Now I have no problem with “paying dues” , as four out of five internships I’ve taken are unpaid. Experience is everything. I get it. But when I signed up, it was listed as paid, when it’s actually unpaid. I didn’t care too much for that, but I think the benefits of it outweigh that detail.
I’ve posted a few articles on there, and I’m feeling comfortable with the format. It took a couple of weeks. Also, editing is entirely up to the student. A couple of the first articles I posted contained a few typos that I missed. Initially, I thought that there was an editor on the staff that would catch those mistakes, but I don’t know if that’s the case. So if you sign up, comb over each line with a fine tooth comb. I’m getting better at that. One thing I’ve started doing is copy and pasting my drafts into Google Translate and have the computer read it aloud. Since I’ve started doing that, I’ve had almost not issues with mistakes. It’s easy to catch typos when its being read aloud.
Okay, I was accepted as a Health and Beauty Contributor, for Rebel Lifestyle Mag. They are a fairly new magazine whose demographic is largely female. I think that it was actually founded this year. There’s both a website and printed edition. Their topics range from health and beauty, love, sex, fashion, and many others.
After I got accepted, I was given a test article. Apparently they liked it enough to offer me the position.
I’ve just gotten started on my first article, and I’m really pumped about this one. I like the fact that it is a small magazine building from the ground up and that I can be apart of that process.
Also, the founders seem to be really nice women.
Okay, this is yet another magazine that I’m interning for as the Lifestyle and Beauty contributor. I actually have an article due tonight. I can’t say much about it, cause I’m just getting started. There’s not too much to report on yet.
They have a really cool site, though.
I hoped this helped anyone thinking of applying for internships, or who weren’t sure if internships.com is worth your time. It definitely is!