Since becoming the Detroit Free Press' recruiter in 1990, my work and the journalism industry have changed in unexpected ways. The transformation is rapid. One benefit is that I now learn from and help other Gannett recruiters. NewsRecruiter.com is a hub site that helps keep everything organized. It tells you what I am up to, it links to my latest work and it is a test site for new projects. My best ideas have always come from you, so please write.
How Many Internships?
Many students ask how many internships they should get.
Decent programs make an internship a requirement.
Better programs require more than one.
And the best require more than one and help their students line them up.
But even the best programs might discourage you from taking "too many" internships. They do that for two reasons. One is that they have a hard time getting multiple internships for all their students, so they may try to tamp down the demand so that junior and seniors are not crowded by competition from talented forst- and second-year students.
Another reason is that some programs have legitimate reservations about how well new students will perform and whether that will hurt the school's reputation.
Students, not their schools, should be in charge of careers.
Erin Hill, director of the high school journalism program at the Detroit Free Press, advises her students to get seven internships during college. How in the world could they do that?
She advises them to focus on their studies the first year and to then get one after each year of college. That's four. She also recommends that they get part-time school year internships with local media companies. That makes seven.
The most I've ever seen? A public relations student at Wayne State University who graduated with 10.
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