When I first began working in the marketing department of an elite school, I was told about marketing internships. I was told that it was one of the best ways to get an internship, and that if I was interested, I should apply! Even after I graduated from college I still have the impression that I should apply. I never expected the internship position to end up in Marketing, but I wanted to work in this area of the school.
A marketing internship is basically a paid job that’s offered to marketers who are just starting out in the field. Typically, interns are hired for a three to six month term in this part of the business. You work for anywhere from three to 12 hours a day, which can be split between the actual work you do for the day and the company’s website, social media, and email marketing.
I applied to two of the four internship positions that the school offers, but neither of the companies that I applied to were willing to give me a start date. Maybe, just maybe, I could get on some intern lists at one company and be lucky.
I’m sure I could get on some intern lists at one company. Sure, they might not be all that eager to hire someone, but they aren’t all that hesitant. As long as you’re willing to work hard and show up for a job interview.
I was pretty sure I was going to get an internship at one of the four companies I applied to, but one of the companies I applied to didn’t have any openings and the other two wouldn’t pay anything either. Then I got the opportunity to interview at a third company, a marketing company I didn’t know much about, but they seemed like they were willing to take me on.
While I can’t vouch for the other three companies, I can say that these new marketing companies seem a little more willing to give me a chance. A few days later the intern I was interviewing at told me that they were looking for a marketing intern for an upcoming marketing conference, so I guess I made a good impression.
I would have said that I would have been more interested in the jobs I would have had, but I was still at that internship and it was a company that was willing to give me a shot, so I guess I can say I made a good impression.
So far I have been impressed with the marketing internships I’ve taken, but I’m curious what the job market will look like in the future.
I’ve had some luck recruiting interns for marketing internships and I’ve found that I get more quality people out of those classes (as well as less money-down-the-tubes people) than I do from the more traditional job hunting methods.
I have a few thoughts on the internships Ive taken, but honestly the only information I know right now is that I got two of them.