Give three words that sum up your internship experience.
Community, advocacy, and change.
How did you learn about your internship?
“I learned about my internship through a campuswide email, seeking potential interns on behalf of United Way of Racine County.”
Describe your internship.
“As a Marketing and Communications intern, I’ve so far audited the content of United Way of Racine County’s website and social media pages, developed a social media strategy, and designed and written advertisements for upcoming events. I’m also working on a few upcoming articles for publication in local newspapers to share United Way’s message.”
What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?
“My favorite part of the internship is how friendly my new workplace is; I know that I can count on their collaboration and support if I need any extra help for my projects. The biggest challenge is that I’m only in the office part-time, which means I have to work a lot more efficiently to meet deadlines.”
How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?
“I’m still speculating about my long-term career goals, trying to decide between a focus on editing or a focus on doing non-profit work to support communities. United Way of Racine County is a direct step in my interest in non-profit work; should I choose to prioritize editing, the articles I’m writing and the new writing styles I’m learning will be great practice.”
During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
“Working several part-time jobs and organizational positions at Carthage really helped me stand out; when I went in to the interview with United Way of Racine County, my interviewers were really impressed with how many different role I’d juggled in my time at Carthage. I also rewrote my resume in preparation for this interview so that I could emphasize parts of my work that would fit the position.”
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?
“The most helpful part of my internship was having a support network of other professionals who could encourage me as I went through the application process and prepared my resume.”
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
“Don’t be afraid to apply for a job even if you don’t match the specifications perfectly (that’s what on-the-job training is for!), and if you get hired, ask lots of questions!”