Types of Internships

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In Washington, D.C. there are internships to fit just about any interest. Whether you are a communication, journalism or VCD major, D.C. could be the place for you. Washington D.C. is the center of the political world, many large corporations with political interests maintain some kind of presence here. I use Indeed.com when looking for internships in D.C., I added a few links to some summer internships that could fit a variety of interests:

If your interest is: Law

Law internships can be kind of hard because many of these internships are looking for current law students but finding that perfect law related internship could really help you have some experience for your law school applications.

 

Internship: Public Defender Service

I had a friend intern at the Public Defender Service and she really found it to be fascinating. She was doing on the ground evidence collecting and witness interviews so she learned how much truly goes into a defense case and how much time it requires.

Internship: Office of Legislative Affairs

My first internship was in the FCC’s Office of Legislative Affairs working with attorneys and preparing materials for congressional hearings. This would be a perfect internship for a future law student because potential mentors surround you. Every government agency has an office of legislative affairs often referred to as OLA. Just go to the website of the agency you are interested in and look at the internship opportunities. If you are set on an internship in OLA but don’t see an opening, try emailing the director of the office and ask for an informational interview or phone call, this is a great way to get your name out there and find out about any opportunities.

If your interest is: Journalism

Journalism internships can cover a large number of opportunities depending on what you’re looking for. You can go the traditional route with a newspaper or television station or could see journalism from the other side doing a public affairs internship (mentioned later).

 

Internship: Digital News

Just about every internship is looking for someone that has good writing skills, so that means that there are lots of opportunities for journalism students. Many internships are also looking for proofreaders and someone to write blogs for their site. Being a journalism student gives you lots of writing samples to include with your application. This internship with “MADE IN THE DISTRICT” is looking for someone to write for their website and many other journalism responsibilities.

Internship: CNN

Internships with national news organizations are highly coveted so apply early and find a way to make your application unique. The cool thing about working with the national media is the people you meet from all over in the news business. Working with a national company is a great way to discover opportunities in New York, Atlanta and really just about anywhere.

If your interest is: Design

Just about every internship is looking for someone with some kind of design skill, if they aren’t it is definitely mentioned in the “preferred qualifications” section. So being a Visual Communication Design major definitely can put you at an advantage for many internships.

 

Internship: Design Thinking Internship

An internship with a local university like the University of Maryland is a great way to meet people that live in the area. Many of these internships don’t expect people to apply from different states, so that motivation can really make you stand out in an interview. Universities are often on the forefront in research so this is a great way to build a professional portfolio.

Internship: BAE Graphic Design Intern

So the defense industry has a special place in my heart and maybe it will in yours too. BAE is a defense contractor; it is pronounced b. a. e. not bae, the slang term that most millennials will recognize. The cool thing about defense is how much they really rely on design, these designs often have to be very detailed and accurate so these internships could definitely put you through your paces. These companies are often quite large so there could be a job waiting at the end of this internship.

If your interest is: Policy or Research

In Washington, policy is really what makes the world go round.  A policy internship would be great for someone who is very detailed oriented and okay with working on one thing for a longer period of time.  When looking for a policy internship, it is really important to work on a policy that is close to your heart and something you care about.  Many policy interns assist in research, these internships may be at think tanks with experts in a specific field.

 

Internship: Policy and Advocacy Intern at the International Rescue Committee

This internship is perfect for the issues the United States is currently facing. This internship is working on policy for refugees and other displaced people. This internship would lead to a wealth of information and a specialty about an important issue right now.

Internship: New America Cyber security Initiative Intern

Depending on your interest, you might be interested in this internship working on cyber security policy. This internship seems to be about more than just researching the policy so it could be exciting for someone who likes to cover a lot of duties to accomplish a team goal.

If your interest is: Public Relations

There are many opportunities for those interested in public relations. Many agencies have locations in the DC area and just about every agency, NGO (non-governmental organization) and non-profit needs PR.

 

Internship: Fleishman-Hillard

A PR agency internship is more of a traditional route, but there is nothing wrong with that! A PR agency in DC is likely working for government clients but many other clients as well, this is a great opportunity to see what kind of clients you enjoy working with or if you enjoy having many clients!

Internship: American Cancer Society Grassroots Summer Intern

Grassroots is certainly a buzzword in PR and politics. This internship is a great way to work for a great cause and learn about how to get people involved in a cause. It is a way to get a traditional a non-traditional PR internship all in one!

By Gabrielle Woodard, ’17

Why D.C.?

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Why D.C.?

My first piece of advice for anyone going to college is to not be afraid to make it your own experience. Everyone goes through college a little bit differently, some graduate early, some decide to study abroad and others do a four-year track and then there are some that do a track that isn’t written in any brochure.

When I came to Kent State, I immediately knew I was interested in doing the Washington Program in National Issues (WPNI) offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. It was the perfect way for me to complete my Political Science minor while gaining some invaluable experience.

When interning in Washington, I caught a bug, I knew DC was where I wanted to be and where I could make an impact on the world. I was going to do whatever I could to get back. I then made a plan to sort out my class schedule so I could take my last semester of classes online and do one more internship in Washington, D.C.  This did cause a few stressful semesters of loading up on my major classes (which isn’t recommended, but it can be done).

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If you’re interested in non-profits or government, this is the center of the action. Most companies have some kind of office in the area because of government work.  I love DC because while it is a city, it still has its very residential parts and almost every place is historic for some reason.

The advice I was given was that if you wanted to live and work in DC, to just move out here with a good savings and be prepared to just apply for job after job and meet as many people as you can. Kent State has a great alumni group here that is willing to help you in anyway they can. So that is what I am doing while I intern here, I am trying to meet every person I can and learn about their career as well as exploring all the opportunities around me.

By Gabrielle Woodard, ’17

How I Got an Internship from Career Expo

By Alex Taylor, ’17

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Last year at the CCI Career Expo, I had no idea what to expect, but I decided to take full advantage of the opportunity. I am a Broadcast Journalism major, so I made an effort to try and sit down with every broadcast organization that I knew was going to be there.

I made sure ahead of time to print professional resumes and business cards so that I could talk over them with potential employers and my goal was to find an internship for the summer of 2016.

I left Career Expo feeling good about my meetings with potential employers and within days I had two internship opportunities.

I decided to go with the one that was paid because they were in the same location and why not? I started just a month later at WFMJ in Youngstown, Ohio and was so excited to work in a professional environment.

I had a lot of cool opportunities while at WFMJ. One was attending and covering the Cleveland Cavaliers championship parade in downtown Cleveland.

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Since then I have actually started my second internship that I also found during that same career fair. Internships are so helpful and help you gain so much experience that you cant get just from school. I am so thankful for the CCI Career fair… it’s thanks to that I feel like I’m ahead in my field.

Career Expo is Wednesday, March 1. Students, register here by February 24. 

Adjusting To A New Culture

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This semester, two CCI students will be sharing their experiences studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Follow them on their journey as they deal with culture shock, language barriers, and a total lifestyle change.

By Samantha Meisenburg, ’18

Ciao tutti (Hi everyone),

Florence has treated me well these past couple of weeks. I’ve already made lifelong friends in a short period and I’ve seen places that most people dream of seeing. Florence is filled with unique postcard views, friendly and accommodating people and a rich history that began centuries before America was discovered.

Over the past couple of weeks I and everyone else has had their fair share of culture shock. I thought going into Florence that I wasn’t going to be homesick and the culture shock wasn’t going to affect me. I was wrong.

I was in the honeymoon phase for a while because everything and everyone was so new and different that it intrigued my interest. Once that wore off I went into the depression phase where I genuinely felt guilty that I was experiencing this amazing opportunity without my family and closest friends. Everywhere I went, I couldn’t help but wish my family were by my side, witnessing this country for the first time with me. After a nice long talk with my family and texts exchanged with friends, I felt better.

Then I gradually went into the frustration stage. Classes were starting so my free time became limited and it finally hit me that I’m in Italy and English isn’t their native language. Assuming the locals speak English is rude and having limited knowledge of Italian was causing frustration and anxiety because I couldn’t communicate with people when I wanted something. Also, getting over the shock that Italy doesn’t have the same products (food, cleaning, etc.) as the U.S. and their way of life is different than the one I was used to back home was hard. But each day got a little easier which lead me into the last stage.

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The last stage of culture shock is Acceptance. I finally realized that I accepted Florence as my home when I was in Venice this past weekend for a field trip through CCI. Venice was absolutely beautiful and I had a blast, but it is nice to be back in Florence, my home.

Venice was a bucket list moment for me. I’ve seen countless of photos and postcards of the canals as streets, the serenading men on gondola rides and the craftsmanship and beauty of the Venetian glass and masks, but to see these with my own eyes was astonishing. The preplanned tours to churches, schools and museums were also highlights of the weekend because of its beauty and uniqueness that’s different from Florence. It’s safe to say that Venice has not seen the last of me.

My first European hotel looked exactly like a U.S. hotel except for breakfast. We were expecting eggs, bacon, waffles, etc. but we got croissants, marble cake, bread rolls and chocolate cake. Needless to say, everyone satisfied their sweet tooth by 10 a.m. and I ate a little too much chocolate cake for breakfast. Sorry mom and dad!

How to Network, Explained by Gifs

Be prepared.
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Have your resumes printed with no errors and a portfolio ready to share. Oh, and make sure you look the part.

Have a firm handshake.
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You don’t want to be the person who shakes with their fingertips. Practice a firm and confident handshake.

It’s never too soon.
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Building a strong network takes time. It isn’t only about going to networking events and career fairs. Connections are made in in class, at the mall or even on your night out.

Have your pitch ready.
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If you were riding in an elevator with Beyonce, what would you say to impress her? Know your key points and what is most important to you.

Be a good listener.
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Making professional connections is not only about talking about your strengths and goals. Everyone loves talking about themselves, and professionals are no exception.

Always follow up.
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When you make a connection with someone, follow up with them. Send a quick personalized email or LinkedIn message. And if you really want to make a good impression, send a handwritten thank you note.

You can put all these networking tips to use while attending the 2017 CareerExpo on March 1. For more information or to register for the event, visit https://careerexpo.cci.kent.edu/.

Gifs courtesy of giphy.com.

by Elline Concepcion

A Photographer Abroad

This semester, two CCI students will be sharing their experiences studying abroad in Florence, Italy. Follow them on their journey as they deal with culture shock, language barriers, and a total lifestyle change.

By Rachel Rankin, ’17

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Flying half way across the world to live away from everyone I know has been physically and emotionally challenging. I miss my family and fiancé, but I wouldn’t change making this decision for anything. I have experienced the most amazing events in the few short weeks I have lived here. From photographing male models in Florence for Pitti Uomo, finding my way into a VIP Reebok Men’s Fashion Exhibition and conversing with the locals, I would say this has been a rewarding experience so far. Florence provides a large variety for photographers because there are so many interesting subjects and places.

As for adjusting to a new culture, things can be rather difficult at times. The language barrier, in my opinion, is the hardest adjustment. There are so many people who speak multiple languages and it can be confusing starting a conversation. I am learning Italian (slowly!), but it is getting slightly easier as the days pass.

I find myself feeling the most anxious when I am ordering food at a café or restaurant. Sometimes I do not go somewhere to eat because I am so confused on how to order. I wish I had had the chance to learn simple phrases before coming here to live. I have completely felt embarrassed in many situations, but this is all a learning experience. Although the culture and people are different and can be difficult, I find myself loving the aesthetic of this city more everyday. Everything (compared to my hometown) is unique and not to mention incredibly beautiful.

My first week abroad involved photographing male models in Florence for the Pitti Uomo. Pitti Uomo attracts men from around the world for fashion shows and exhibitions. There were hundreds of men dressed incredibly fashionable, which was hard to resist as a photographer.

I ended up doing street photography with a few models, which ultimately ended in Instagram publicity and entering a VIP Reebok Men’s Fashion Exhibition. The experience was unforgettable and definitely set the tone high for the remaining of the semester. Portrait photography is my absolute favorite and I am hoping to make more connections while abroad.

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Now that I am fully submerged in Italian culture and finding my way around the city of Florence, I am finally starting to attend weekend trips in other cities. My first trip involved being really touristy at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Pisa was very similar to Florence, but much more quiet and still. Pisa had me at ease because it was a slow-paced city with not much to do. In addition, I went to Prato with my photography class. Prato is a small town twenty minutes outside of Florence.

This town was cute and dainty with little to see. I feel as if these are the best cities to find as a photographer because the locals are always nice and open for conversations. I have taken multiple portraits of people who live in Florence and surrounding cities. The portraiture opportunities in Italy have been abundant and amazing. I am often finding great faces and personalities to photograph.

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Photographed in  Pisa, Italy

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Photographed in Florence, Italy

Photography has always been a passion of mine, but photography while traveling has changed my attitude and outlook on my future. I am more motivated now than ever to create photographs that stand out against the rest. This experience has already changed me and I feel as if I am becoming a better version of myself. Traveling is an entire education within itself.

 

 

BY students FOR students in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State