(Closed) Any US bees have advice for a Brit looking for an internship?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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.

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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 # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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 # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

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 # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ok, I’m not a journalist, but Fiance 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 Fiance 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 # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@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!

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