This blog is written by Intern Queen campus ambassador, Thai B. Thai is a junior at Syracuse University majoring in Television, Radio & Film and minoring in Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises.
This 2010 fall semester I am in Los Angeles, California in a program called the Syracuse University Los Angeles Semester (SULA). Everyone in this program is required to intern during the day and take classes at night. Upon my arrival to LA I thought that I’d start working as soon as I got here but that was not the case. I applied to several internships, much more than I had anticipated, and none of them had gotten back to me. I started to question myself. Was there something wrong with my resume and cover letter? Was my GPA too low? Did I not have enough work experience? I kept wondering what it was that I apparently did not have because no one seemed to be calling me back for an interview.
After two months of searching I finally got a call back from one of the companies and it turned out that I did not get the internship. I felt like a failure because I wasn’t hired for the job. Then I realized that just because I didn’t get that internship didn’t mean that there were plenty of more opportunities out there for me. I continued my search and from that one interview I was able to refine my interviewing tactics in order to effectively articulate my passion for wanting to be an intern. For each company I applied for I did background research about the company, understood the role of the intern at the company, and wrote down several questions that I wanted to know about the interviewer and the company as a whole. By doing those things I was able to mentally prepare myself for the interview so that I could feel at ease and confident in what I’ve done, where I’ve been, and who I am. These were things I had not done prior to my first interview and I am grateful that I reevaluated that interview in order to come up with effective ways to prepare for the next one.
What may have seemed like a denial was in fact an opportunity for me to perfect my interviewing skills so that I would be ready for the next round of interviews that would eventually come my way. In the midst of the “defeat” I was able to think of strategic tools that would help me nail my interviews. And they proved to be extremely helpful.
After two months of waiting and then being rejected, it all worked out in the end. I am now interning for two amazing entertainment companies and I am learning more about this industry than I could ever imagine. This just goes to show that being patient and recognizing the areas in which you may have fallen short can help you in the long run.
Remember that delay does not mean denial.