By Taryn Sidney
When I tell people that I am working with a college baseball team for the summer, the first question people always ask me is, “Why? Aren’t you a journalism major?”
My answer is “Yes, of course I am!” Most people who know me question how a sports team will enhance my chance to be employed as a journalist. Trust me; I have thought about this a number of times. This summer, I am doing a lot of writing for the team to help them become better recognized.
In reality, employers hire people who have the most experience. Personally, I have experience with blogging or internet journalism, standard print journalism, broadcast journalism, radio journalism and public relations. All these skills have been developed not only through classwork, but also internships and opportunities that I jump at (such as writing for Internships.com). When I finish my internship this summer, I will be able to add sports journalism to my list of journalistic talents.
“… The key to accomplishing something is having confidence that you’ll succeed.”
By the time I have finished my internship, my main goal is to have gained an understanding of sports journalism, which I didn’t really get before. Another goal that I have set for myself through this internship is to make myself look appealing to employers. I am all about employability. So when I was asked what I would hope to accomplish through this internship, my main goal was becoming an appealing journalist with multiple talents that any employer would love to see.
The purpose of internships is to gain real life experience. If you are lucky, like me, you will land just that internship. Because of all the experience I have gained through everything I have done in college, I am confident that my talent will take me far. My advice to others is that the key to accomplishing something is having confidence that you’ll succeed. If you keep that in mind, opportunity will definitely come knocking.