Intern Stories: Marina Villeneuve ’13 on Newsday Internships

Position: Reporting Intern at Newsday

Location: Melville, NY

Two sentence description of what you did: I reported and wrote breaking news, daily and enterprise articles about courts, crime and town politics for the Long Island desk.

Major at Dartmouth: Government

1. What was most satisfying about your internship?

I love journalism because I get the chance to learn something new every day. I’m never stuck behind a desk for long periods of time — instead, the bulk of my time is spent talking to people and learning about their stories and perspectives. When I am behind a desk, I’m investigating longer-term pieces or crafting cogent ledes. Being a breaking news intern at Newsday means that I come to work with little to no idea about what I’ll actually be doing, which is so exciting. What’s most personally satisfying is that “aha” moment when the story comes together, and does so in a way that breathes life into an otherwise dry or complex issue.

2. What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

Networking: The world of journalism is super small. Everyone knows each other, which means networking is essential to both finding and ultimately landing internships and jobs. But, before you network, you need to have the skills and experience to back you up. Google your favorite journalists and use LinkedIn to see how they got where they are, and what sorts of skills helped them get there. Use the Dartmouth Alumni Network to search for journalists and ask for career advice.

Multimedia skills: It’s also essential to be comfortable with photo/video/audio-editing software. That doesn’t mean you have to be a professional, but you should be able to produce a multimedia package. Jones Media Center often has workshops on Photoshop and other softwares, and you can also access free tutorials on HTML and what not through sites like Lynda.

Clips: Still, internships alone aren’t enough — it’s the clips that you get at those internships are what will ultimately set you apart from other candidates. Have a wide variety of clips, from breaking news, to features, to analytical pieces across a wide variety of subject matter. Most places ask for three to five clips.

Internships: Internships are so essential, and media outlets nowadays really expect you to have at least one journalism internship before they’d even consider hiring you. Don’t get hung up on “big name papers” — instead, look at the skills and experiences they picked up along their path and figure out ways to develop those skills yourself. Small papers/media outlets can often be even more formative experiences for young journalists as they often are able to help train journalists on a more personal level.

Applying to jobs/internships: Do your research before sending out your package of clips, cover letter, references and resume — think of it as your first assignment. Find out who are the recruiters at the media outlets you’d like to work for one day, and start working relationships with them. This means everything from sending them clips to updates on your career (but not constantly, of course). Keep in touch with editors at past papers you’ve worked at, as they can often give you good leads on jobs or let you know of a position opening up at that very paper! This is an example of ways that internships can lead to jobs. Send your package on — or preferably ahead of — deadline, figure out who to address it to, and make sure you have no awkward typos.

Job-training programs: Lastly, keep an eye out job training programs like the Los Angeles Times Metpro, NPR’s Fellowship programs, Gannett Talent Development Program, the Atlantic Media Company’s Fellowship program, etc. Also, think of journalism graduate school carefully. Think about what you want to get from J-school before you apply/enroll in a senior year haze.

3. What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

I’d highly recommend joining a journalism organization, like the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, etc. Joining an organization (at a discounted student rate!) shows that you’re seriously interested in becoming a better journalist. These groups host annual/biannual conferences featuring professional development workshops, mentoring programs, job fairs, etc.

These organizations also have chapters that offer get-togethers, student scholarships and internship opportunities, etc. I’d also recommend awesome journalism training programs like the Chips Quinn Scholars Program, The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Sports Journalism Institute, etc. While you’re in school, seek out freelancing and stringing opportunities to keep your skills polished.

And lastly, don’t be afraid to just ask questions and create your own opportunities. Last spring, I cold-called every D.C. news bureau and pitched myself. I landed an internship at a national wire service and developed several relationships with potential employers — including The Los Angeles Times, who hired me as a D.C. intern for this upcoming summer. You might feel like a weirdo, but as long as you know your goals for the internship and what you can contribute, you’re gold. In the meantime, check out some tips on landing an internship, learn some data and business reporting skills (here’s a list of bootcamps),  and make sure you have a professional social media presence. Oh, and seek Dartmouth funds to host unpaid journalistic opportunities.

Note: Want to learn more about internships in Communications? Don’t miss our panel February 21, 4:30 PM in Career Services. Sign up today!

Intern Stories: Jonathan Gault ’13 on New England Sports Network

Position: New England Sports Network, Intern, New Media Department

Location: Watertown, MA

Short description of what you do: I wrote, edited and posted content to NESN.com. Often this would involve editing beat writers’ articles, editing photos and videos and jumping on trends by producing either articles or photo galleries on hot topics in the world of sports.

Major at Dartmouth: English

1. What was most satisfying about your internship?

It was great to be able to write about sports and have an outlet for my opinions. I also learned a lot while researching content, particularly when I compiled Top 10 lists/photo galleries.

2. What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Read and write as much as you can. Those are the two best ways to make you a better writer, and being a good writer is the best way to get a job.

3. How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

Career Services looked over my resume and provided a letter of support for my internships.

4. What do you plan to do when you graduate?

I plan to work as a sportswriter at either a newspaper or a website.

5. What are you involved in at Dartmouth?

I am a member of the men’s cross country and track and field teams, and I am the former sports editor of The Dartmouth. I spend a lot of my free time following sports, reading publications including Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine and The Boston Globe, as well as ESPN.com and Grantland.com.

Develop your Own Stress Reduction Program

Very few things in life cause as much stress as the job search process—from constantly being on the lookout for new opportunities to studying for anxiety-ridden interviews to waiting for employers’ responses.

It is necessary to first take control of the internal dynamics that result from this process by managing your stress levels through positive influences. Taking advantage of stress relieving strategies and creating your own stress reduction program will not only help you to maintain your peace but will also give you the confidence necessary to better position yourself to attack the job market.

Check out Arianna Huffington’s “Turn the Page on Stress: Tapping into the De-Stressing Potential of Books and Storytelling” to learn about the power of reading, writing, and storytelling as interesting, fun, and stress-relieving activities. These activities not only promote stress relief but also provide a powerful vehicle of self reflection, a necessary step during any job search. Although stress during the job search process is inevitable and difficult to eliminate, you have to power to take numerous constructive and positive steps in order to control this stress and to turn it into an opportunity to learn about yourself.

16 Ways to Help Out Post SuperStorm Sandy

If you’ll be in an area hit by SuperStorm Sandy over break — or simply want to help out, here are 16 leads on volunteer opportunities that you may want to follow up on and take a look at.

Many of these organizations may be willing to have you volunteer for as short a time as three hours — or for several weeks.

Given the amount of time and energy it takes to clean up after a big storm, you may want to call — and phone — for the best response.

Astoria Recovers
Bay Ridge Cares Kitchen
Brokelyn: How to Help
Clean Up at Printed Matter
Corporation for National and Community Service
Food Not Bombs: Sandy Relief
Lower East Side Recovers
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
New York Blood Center Donor Center Locations
New York Cares
NYCService
Occupy Sandy
Occupy Sandy Donations
Red Hook Recovers
Rockaway Relief
The Lo-Down’s List of Lower East Side Volunteer Spots

If you live in — or want to live in — New York, New Jersey, or another state affected by the storm, volunteering could be a great way to spend part of your break and make some new friends.

10 Savvy Career Strategies for Interim

Suddenly, the end of the semester is rapidly approaching. As you begin to prepare for exams and Dartmouth’s first-ever six week vacation between fall and winter terms, here are 10 ways to keep moving forward with your career over break:

  1. Participate in Career Services Job Shadowing program. Over 300 alumni and parents are offering to share their expertise with current students through a job shadowing opportunity. You should have received information on the program via blitz on Friday, November 2; if not — contact Career Services at 603-646-2215.
  2. Find a regional Dartmouth alumni club in your area. Any parties or programs planned? Contact the leadership and ask if you can be of help. Why is this a good strategy — even if you feel intimidated? Dartmouth alumni and regional club leaders enjoy talking to current students, especially those who are interested in getting to know them! Many alumni may also have potential hiring needs — or leads on local employers who are seeking students.
  3. Reach out to an alum and ask about an informational interview. Check out the Dartmouth Career Network — we have over 23,000 alumni who have volunteered to help. Ask questions, get advice, and strategies you can put to use in your job or internship search. (Check out suggested questions and best practices on contacting alums here.)
  4. Interested in moving to a city different from where you went to high school? Plan a trip on your own or with friends — and invite Dartmouth alumni to join you for coffee on an individual basis. Scope out a city, industry, or career field. The choice is yours.
  5. Explore projects and volunteer opportunities at non-profit organizations through Idealist.org
  6. If you live in a community affected by Superstorm Sandy or any other challenging situation, volunteer. It’s highly likely you’ll meet others in the process who are interested in learning about you, and how they can be of help to you. Even if you don’t make any networking connections useful for your job search, you still have another item for your resume.
  7. Help attract talent to Dartmouth. Contact the Admissions office and see how you can help out with local initiatives in your hometown or high school.
  8. Volunteer at your high school.It’s always nice to preserve and strengthen relationships with former teachers, coaches, and staff.
  9. Prepare for your job or internship search. Deadlines for applying for winter term interviews don’t start until January, but you’ll be able to see who’s coming to campus starting November 19 in DartBoard.
  10. Allow yourself time for a long winter’s nap. Make sure you catch up on the sleep you missed over exam week — and get ready for a great January!

 

Food for Thought on the Debate on Work and Passion

Can your work lead you to discover a passion if you don’t already have one or can’t find a job that aligns with your interests?

Our colleague Sarah Streit recommends this piece from the New York Times, written by Cal Newport:

Today, I’m a computer science professor at Georgetown University, and I love my job. The most important lesson I can draw from my experience is that this love has nothing to do with figuring out at an early age that I was meant to be a professor. There’s nothing special about my choosing this particular path. What mattered is what I did once I made my choice.”

To other young people who constantly wonder if the grass might be greener on the other side of the occupational fence, I offer this advice: Passion is not something you follow. It’s something that will follow you as you put in the hard work to become valuable to the world…

What’s your take?

We’re Seeking a New Intern? Interested?

Seeking a part-time job/paid internship for the academic year? Want a by-line on this blog?

Career Services has an immediate need for a current Dartmouth undergraduate to serve as a writer for our blog and social media channels  — and collaborate with Career Services staff, students, and faculty across campus to gather arts-related resources and develop programming to support “the Year of the Arts.”

Interested in learning more? Blitz chandlee<at>dartmouth.edu to receive the job description and application instructions!

How to Get Regular Updates on Opps in Areas of Interest to You

Every two weeks during the academic term, career advisors in our office put together a round-up of career opportunities in a host of different fields:

Communication
Environmental
Government/Public Policy
Education
International
Not-For-Profit/Careers for the Common Good
Science

To be among the first to get these leads, sign up for our exclusive Blitz Bulletins through DartBoard.

To subscribe, open Dartboard then select My Account > My Profile and tell us what Career Services Emails you want to receive! (See illustration to the right for visual.)

Leads and resources will be delivered right to your mailbox every two weeks.

 

First Impressions Count! – Common Interview Blunders

Although many of us try to convince ourselves otherwise, when applying for anything nowadays, interviews are a fact of life. And from the moment you greet your interviewer with a handshake, the judgment begins.

Play it safe and don’t let yourself make these mistakes come interview day :

“Ice, Ice, Baby”– Although it’s never a good idea to start practicing your newest stand up bit for interviewers, don’t let yourself get so caught up with nerves that you come off cold and boring. Smile, and don’t be afraid to laugh if the moment calls for it.

“Me, Me, Me” – Yes, it’s your interview – yes, you’re there to present your top attributes to the company, but don’t make the mistake of emphasizing what the employer can do for you. Instead, illustrate how you can be an asset to the organization. Never ask about salary before you get a job offer.

“I dunno…” – If you’re interviewing for a position, chances are, you’ll encounter a question like, “so tell me – what do you know about our company?” Make sure you know the job description inside and out, as well as information regarding their mission, staff, and history. Remember – a little research goes a long way.

“Excuse me, I’m up here.” — You don’t have to give your interviewer a stare-down, but make sure that while you answer questions, your gaze isn’t roaming around the room, or down in your lap. Make consistent, frequent eye contact to show you’re engaged and listening.

For more tips on how to ace your next interview, check out this article from Techvibes, which covers 1o common mistakes people make during job interviews, verbal and nonverbal.