With the economy continually crumbling, many young professionals (and not so young) are wondering about their future. Will their be enough jobs available for them? How can they compete in a tough market without experience?
I’m a big believer in taking advantage of opportunities that are presented to you. My mom had some great strategies for getting noticed by potential employers. I remember one time, she was very interested in a position that she wasn’t educated for, but knew she could learn. She offered to work, for free, for two weeks. If the employers liked her, she was hired, if not, the employers had two free weeks of labour, and my mom had learned the skills she was lacking prior to the experience. She got the job.
This taught me that even free opportunities – volunteering or internships – really pay off if you can make them work for you. If you are willing to put in the effort, you make connections and learn skills that are otherwise only available to those who already work in the field.
Back in 2006, Library Journal published the article Internships are the Appetizers of the Library World, so Nibble, Nibble, Nibble… The offers offer some key advice as to who should participate in interns and how to get the most out of your experience.
There are some great internship opportunities available, if you’re interested. Check out your local libraries, universities, art galleries, historical societies and museums. And, don’t forget to check out library association websites or contact local professionals.
Also, I’ve listed 2 popular internship opportunities:
Presidential Libraries Internship Opportunities
Internships at NPR