When thinking of internships I panic a little. And by a little, I mean a lot. I don’t panic because of how daunting the whole process of acquiring one sounds (I don’t mind being interviewed, I’m an attention hog), I panic because there are so many out there that would be highly beneficial to me and my future career. There are also so many around me, it makes it hard to narrow the list down to which one I would really like to chase.
But, because I’m a big picture dreamer, there is one internship that beats all of them. It does so because of these two reasons; 1) it’s in New York City and 2) it’s with my favorite late night talk show host, Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy Fallon has been my comedic inspiration since he took over Late Night and even more so when he took over Jay Leno’s spot on The Tonight Show. He’s basically the epitome of what I want to do. (Well, one thing I would like to do.)
Obtaining such a highly received internship isn’t easy to do. There is a lot of hard work that needs to be put in so my name gets out there. I have several ways to go about doing this. First off though, I’m making sure I am creating content that would be appealing on a resume. Before I came to college, the only jobs listed on my resume were four dishing washing jobs. Exciting right? Since realizing what I want to do, I have created several skits with the TV department here on campus and have continued to create content on my own.
While creating this content, I’ve also been sure to challenge myself when doing so. I set several goals for myself and made sure to check off at least one after each project. For example, one of my goals was to learn a new video effect in Adobe After Effects. Having a vast knowledge of how to work Adobe programs looks great on a resume and ever better in action. Another example of one my goals is to try out different comedic techniques. I know my strength is in parodies, so I challenge myself by writing more situational and slapstick comedy pieces. I find this important to do because “funny” has such a wide range.
With these building blocks for my resume, I make sure to make it as presentable as possible. I’m constantly asking friends, professors, and experts for help with my resume. By doing this, I’m also helping my name be broadcast. Those professors and friends might know someone I don’t that could help me get my foot in the door.
I also make sure to keep my portfolio up to date. A portfolio is an easy way for a future employer to look at the best of my work in one place. I’m currently working on an online portfolio so it’s easily accessible to anyone who is looking.
Hopefully, all this hard work will pay off one day and I’ll land that perfect internship or, even better, that perfect job. But for now, I’m just going to keep working on my skills and improving them to the best that they can be.