Although all my friends thought I was crazy at the time, I began this whole process of internship-searching way back in October. In September I researched all the local marketing firms and by October I had sent out all the emails. With internships, positions fill up quick. If you're a newbie like me, you better be scrappy enough to show them how badly you want it. The important thing about starting early is to know that, if you want to take a less common route like I did, it’s going to take time.
I sent those emails to the marketing firms in the beginning of October.
And then I waited.
And waited some more.
I started early so I would have enough time to find other opportunities just in case this didn't pan out. After about a month, I wasn’t really expecting anything. I had resolved that it was time to start looking again when, out of the blue, I found an email in my mailbox from one of the marketing firms. “Hi Dana! Thanks so much for your email!” It read. My heart dropped and my stomach turned. “Would you have time this week for a chat on the phone?” I ran down the hall screaming, so excited. There was no guarantee of anything, but someone had noticed me. And that, at least, was a start.
From then on, the process was a lot of back and forth. We talked that week, emailed back and forth through November as I sent resumes, articles, sample pieces, and more. In December I visited the firm in person. By late January I received my acceptance email. It's not a quick process, but I guarantee you, getting that acceptance letter early on will give you an incredible peace of mind for the rest of your second semester.