I’ve been worried about the internship requirement since I first enrolled in my program. Although the entirety of the Master’s Program is taken online, I found that instead of a thesis, like most graduate programs required, my program requires 2 one semester-long internships at a university/college. I wasn’t thrilled, and I thought it would really be frustrating to complete all the work, but not fulfil the internship requirement.
I found out in May that I would be returning to the States earlier than planned, and was relieved due to the fact I could get to my internship sooner than planned. But then it hit me, how on Earth does one acquire an internship? It’s not exactly listed on a job site, especially one in my field.
WANTED: twenty-something with no experience in admin to follow around important person while making googly eyes and try to grasp the concepts that are flying over her head. Must be good at fetching coffee.
My savior was an instructor.
At the end of a course, the professor emailed me in regards to my final paper. SHe had been impressed with it and wanted me to try to present at a conference held in San Antonio. While I was unable to attend, I did mention I would be living there come spring. She sent me a contact and told me to ask him for some connections.
I’m a grad student and my professor thinks I’m awesome and you should too. Know any colleges needing an awesome intern in the spring?
After contacting this fellow, I woke up to an inbox filled with admins wanting my resume. It felt like Christmas morning.
Finally, I received an email requesting an actual phone call. After setting up the time, anxiously preparing for the exchange, and screaming at Skype for ill timed malfunctions, I contacted the vice president of a prestigious catholic university in San Antonio.
He described the projects and I said I was interested, so he basically told me to show up in January and we’ll get it done.
Oh, and I’m getting paid.
So, here I am, hanging up the phone, then frightening my cats with my barbaric YAWP of ecstasy. I did it. I got an internship. 2 weeks after I’m done in Korea, I will be working for a university, connecting with the community, and networking with a ton of important people all over Texas.
All while stressing in the Eastern Hemisphere.
I emailed my contact and let him know about my success. He then congratulated me and send a pamphlet of the conference I couldn’t attend. There I see my contact, Mr R, with the letters Ph and D following his name. Apparently he’s been in this field longer than my mother has been alive (Truth be told, my mom’s a bit young).
Did I mention every email started with “Mr. R,”?