Post # 1
Hey ladies (and any gents that might be floating around here),
So here’s the deal. My three-year journalism degree has just ended and we get our results on June 27th. I’m looking at possibly a First Class degree and I have all my preliminary certificates in journalism for in the UK.
But I’ve uploaded my CV and details to every possible job site going and it seems totally fruitless! The best bet appears to be an internship (after all it would mean potential job opportunities and experience), but the tutors have advised that US journalism internships could be more achievable and more valuable on our CV’s.
So my question is, are there any bees around these parts who have advice for a Brit bee looking for a journalism internship in the States? I’m interested in PR too. I know applying for the visa would be time consuming and maybe I won’t find a paid internship, but I have some money saved and my dad has said he’ll help me out if I want to do something like this.
It’s a bold move but I really don’t want to be stuck in a job I hate when I could be doing something amazing with my qualifications!
I’m looking for advice or even leads as to where to go, or if you’ve done something similar, that’s good too.
Post # 3
I don’t work in the area of journalism, but I have been an intern before. Here are some of my experiences.
- Reaching out to the company is really important. Both my husband and I have gotten jobs by submitting our resume/CV directly to the company and then following up with a phone call to confirm that they received everything.
- Confirm whether the positions you are looking for want a CV or resume. In my field, those who go an academic route have CVs and non-academics have resumes (and due to the length differences, it really matters).
- Tailor your CV/resume to each position that you are applying for. Make sure cover letters are specific to each organization (if you’re using cover letters).
- You may need to find a way to compare your degree/experiences with candidates from US schools (or at least for phone interviews). How does your degree compare to a 4 year bachelor’s degree in journalism (or similar degrees)?
- Keep in mind that getting an internship can be quite competitive in the US (especially because it’s summer time and post spring semester graduation). I would consider making back-up plans in case you aren’t able to find anything.
Post # 4
I work in Government and last year we hosted an Intern from Ireland.. great kid. He came to us through an exchange program with his university. I would check with your school and see if they have a “study abroad” option for the US at a university and then check with that school for resources for internships.
Also, some places over here will list internships available on their websites. It won’t be easy as many places already have their interns lined up for the summer. You may have better luck if you wait until the fall.
Post # 5
Thanks I really appreciate the advice
Post # 6
I don’t have an exchange programme for the US at my university so it’s a case of looking for myself. I’ll most likely be scoping out positions for Fall onwards. It’s a case of job hunting at the same time and I intend to keep applying for jobs whilst looking for internships. Everything is just so up in the air right now! Can’t imagine where I’m going to end up.
Post # 7
I am not completely sure on this, but I think you might have a hard time getting a visa to work in the US, without going through some type of exchange program. I don’t believe there is currently any visa type for foreign interns to come to the US on their own. Employers would likely not apply for a visa on your behalf, as it’s expensive, long and you don’t have any special skills or qualifications that would be difficult to find here.
That being said, good luck! I know it’s a tough job market out there (both in UK and in US), but I hope you find something soon!
Post # 8
@BambeeBliss: I think they do, from what I’ve read it’s called a J1 visa. I would have to apply for it in conjunction with my internship and obviously wherever I went would have to vouch for me. Although I obviously I’d have to do more research. My mum has permanent residency in the US and I have friends there so that could be helpful.
I probably don’t have anything particularly special or different, but hell I’m going to try! Lol. I’m a pretty determined person and I’ll hopefully have a top degree mark (fingers crossed) so maybe that will show that I’m committed to it.
Post # 9
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You won’t be able to come and work in the us on the visa waiver program,
You’ll need a work visa. For that, you will need a company to sponsor you. I would suggest looking for a company that is in both the us and the uk and seeing about the chances with them. The problem is, that the company will have to payforyour visa and they could just have a us intern for little to no cost. It’s tough, good luck!
Post # 10
Guess it looks pretty hopeless then 🙁
Post # 11
Ok, I’m not a journalist, but FI and I work in international law, aid, and development, and so we know and have rubbed shoulders with a lot of journalists over the years. Is there some specific reason you really want to work in the US? Honestly, the odds of you being able to snag both the visa and an internship are slim to none. A paying internship, while they exist theoretically, are generally more of a myth in my experience. (In our field its a given that you basically work for free for years.)
Most of our successful journalist friends have agreed that you pretty much have to get yourself somewhere on your own. Or make a deal with a paper or something, fund yourself, and then sell the story later. For example, one acquaintance/friend of FI moved to Cairo, Egypt applied to work as an editor/writer for the English edition of Egypt Today. It paid a high local salary (meaning a lot less than many expats had but liveable) and then used that experience in the region to go other places. When the revolutions broke out, he was in a good place and had the cultural understanding and experience to cover it well. He seriously had something “above the fold” on CNN.com just the other day. It took a few years, but voila he’s there.
In discussions with other journalists, this is more how it works anymore. Of course, once you’re the regional head for Reuters (The wife my professor) they’ll pay for you to move your family to different base assignments and stuff. But generally, from my understanding, most people end up working as free lance because the big news corps. are scaling back staff hard.
Best of luck!
Post # 12
@Mrs.LemonDrop: Yeah, pretty much everything I’ve heard/read says that a career in journalism is incredibly difficult to break into. Honestly I’m looking into every possible avenue available to me now that my degree is over so I figured there’s no harm in looking into opportunities abroad. And I love the States so that explains the choice.
So far I already have a decent portfolio behind me from work on the local newspaper and freelance writing over the past two years. The main reason I’m trying so hard to stick with journalism is that given the qualifications I’m about to leave with, the experiences I’ve had, and the fact that I’ve been asked to continue contributing to a new magazine over here (something I started doing a couple of months ago), it seems so defeatist to just give up and pursue another avenue. That being said everything I read about journalism as a career is really disheartening. Especially now I’m back home and I have the responsibility of monthly bills and such.
Honestly it’s so depressing.
Post # 13
@AlmostMrsJames: No no no! I think you missed my point! I’m not telling you to give up. Absolutely not! I picked a really hard career path too, and at times its really disheartening, but at the same time things are really beginning to take off for FH and I. If this is what you want to do, don’t give up. I was merely suggesting that you try to expand your periphery a bit. Maybe look into other countries, especially ones where things are happening, and ones with easier access than fortress USA. If you’re interested in international stuff, for example, there is a vibrant expat community in Cairo. Nairobi, Kenya has a lot of international staff and is a central place for news in Africa, but is very expensive and can be hard to access. I don’t specialize in Asia, but there may be certain countries that you could access the journalism market from, make a little bit of money, and live on a shoestring.
Seriously, don’t give up!
Post # 15
Half my post just disappeared!
I really do appreciate the advice you’ve given. Yes the US is notoriously difficult to get into, so I suppose that little dream may have to be shelved for the time being.
You wouldn’t think I’d only been out of university for two weeks. Then again I suppose I’m just not of those who can put the future aside. It’s on my mind constantly lately.