Advice on Internships

Abbigail Robinson is an Arkansas State University Jonesboro graduate who interned at Jonesboro Radio Group and later worked at Region 8 News as a studio camera operator after interning there as a reporter. She also aired the Region 8 Community Calendar every week with information on community events in the area.
Abbigail majored in Radio-Television with an emphasis in journalism. She graduated at the top of her class with a GPA of 3.9. In college, she was a member of the National Broadcast Association and a member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministries.
When she’s not working as a customer service representative at her job, she is taking care of her newborn daughter and learning the joys of parenthood.
Currently, she is working on building her own marketing business with Melaleuca, the Wellness Company, so she can afford to be a stay-at-home mom and homeschool her children.
Two of Abbigail’s future goals are to have a Christian radio talk show in her own home and to do freelance work as a video editor.
Abbigail Robinson can be contacted at [email protected]

Sometimes it can be very difficult to land a job in the field you are interested in, especially if you don’t have any previous experience. That’s why it is extremely important to get an internship.
However, sometimes this can be a little overwhelming, as it was for me. I had many questions swimming through my head. Am I qualified to start an internship? Where should I get one? How do I get one? What will I do once I’m an intern? What if I don’t learn anything? I was so scared, and the questions kept building every day until I finally decided to just go out and do it. And that’s what you should do: start off right by getting an internship.
Don’t be too afraid to go out and get an internship. Ask questions. Get advice from someone who can help you find one. Advisors are there to help you. There should be many internships to choose from. You just have to find them. You’ll never find one if you don’t look. If you’re too scared to try, you’ll never know what possibilities you could’ve unlocked if only you had tried to be an intern. Internships are great ways to gain experience, and they look great on a resume! Plus, you’re more likely to get hired if you’ve had an internship. That’s what happened to me. I interned at a television station during my summer year as a senior in college, and I was hired as soon as I graduated!
One thing you need to do when searching for an internship is to find the right fit for you. Know what you are interested in and choose something you will enjoy. Also, some internships pay and others don’t; so make sure you know whether you’ll get paid or not. If you have a part-time job and go to school, you may be able to afford to be an intern for free. Don’t shy away from an un-paid internship just because you won’t get paid. The value of the experience you can gain from it is definitely worth it.
Also, while you are interning, make sure you try to learn as much as you can. Get as much hands-on experience as possible. Don’t just slide by doing nothing. If you feel like you are not learning anything or getting enough hands-on experience, don’t be afraid to mention this to your supervisor. They are there to help you. When I interned at a radio station during my sophomore year, I got frustrated after a few weeks because all I was doing was copying contact information into a word document, and making a few phone calls. I hadn’t even touched the audio board or seen anything live on-air, and they hadn’t trained me on my voice work like I was hoping they would. So, I finally confronted my supervisor about it, and I was surprised at the result: she apologized and invited me to watch them in action and learn more. I wish I had spoken up sooner!
Therefore, when it comes to internships, first, make sure you search for one and get it, preferably as quickly as possible. It’s never too soon to start looking. Then, make sure it’s right for you and something you’ll enjoy. Have fun! Don’t dread it. Finally, learn as much as you possibly can in order to gain the most experience from your internship.

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