Originally, I wanted to talk about how great internships are and to reflect on my own experiences in this post. But, everyone else talks about internships and does a much better job doing so than I ever will. And reflecting about my own experiences this summer is too much of a backhanded brag for me to feel okay about posting here.
Instead, I will offer up a few of the most important things I learned about internships this summer.
- Apply to everything. You’d be surprised at what organizations get all the applications and which get no applications. If you make a wide enough pool, you’ll get an offer from someone!
- Don’t be afraid to ask people you know or to reach out to places you want to work. They’ll head you in the right direction to the official application process or send you to someone who might need some help/an intern.
- APPLY TO EVERYTHING. Even if you don’t think you’re interested in the project or the organization. You’ll learn new things about the library field and about yourself.
- Learn about the organization and how it’s run. One day you might apply there and this knowledge will be helpful. Or it just might be interesting to see how the organization is set up. In any case, I think it’s always a good idea to ask your supervisor about the hierarchy.
- GET TOURS. If you’re reading this, you’re probably a MLS student or in the library field somehow. That means you are probably going to intern in a really cool place, so why not try and see as much of it as possible? Don’t be afraid to ask!
Basically, just apply to everything and enjoy wherever you end up! It’ll be worth it, even if you end up interning somewhere you thought would be horrible.