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After going through a few internship opportunities for an interview, I have finally got selected for an internship opportunity. The company I was hired in is a non-profit organization that focuses on dealing with issues that affect undeserving communities in New York City in hopes of obtaining civic and economic life. This organization focuses on matters such as racial injustice, healthcare, education opportunities and environmental issues.
This organization mainly focuses on advocating for families and individuals that may have been affected or trying to combat against these societal issues. Not only their cause is inspiring to others, but the people being involved in this organization are welcoming as well as supportive of each other so the organization that strive to achieve their overall message.
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Being in an internship is a very rewarding experience. Not only you will be able to develop an idea on how working at a company works but you will also learn and improve your skills during your internship. However, trying to obtain such an experience would require to do a lot of searching. Within my first week, I was making sure that both my portfolio website and resume were up to par in order to be able to initiate any interview with the supervisor(s) of the internship.
Before one goes to search for an internship, one must prepare their resume as well as the portfolio website that contains any of your past works. When developing a website, you have to keep in mind that employers will love to see you learn a diverse set of skills, that way the employers will have a better idea on what you are capable of. It is also important that your resume showcases the skills that you have developed. If you lack work experience, do not worry, you can list whatever related coursework you have done to show that you have an understanding on the occupation you apply for.
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From my personal experience, my portfolio website was currently in development and I did not have a lot of work to show, so I was looking for some of the work I did in class. Fortunately for me, I was able to gather some graphic design work to upload and present in my portfolio website. I also added some personal projects of the illustrations I have created in my free time for a good measure. As for the resume, I did not have any kind of work experience whatsoever, so I have to resort into using whatever courses I have taken that fits a spot in the creative internship best. I did ask some faculty for guidance on helping me build my resume as well as help me search for an internship to kickstart on getting a learning experience of working for a company.
Soon enough, I managed to get a hold on an interview to work as an intern at the non-profit organization known as Unity for Equality. The video interview went smoothly as the chairman was very welcoming as well as helpful on how the organization works. Just like that, I got a spot as a Design Associate intern for that organization. One tip I would provide when being in the interview is to not be nervous and just relax, because most, if not, all employers are eager to learn a lot about you and what you could provide for their company. Additionally, the added confidence will give the employers a guarantee on hiring you for a position in their company. With that said, I am looking forward to gain some work experience as a graphic design intern.