By: Maegan Krause (@MaeganEli)
At the beginning of my junior year at UW-Oshkosh, I began to hear professors talk increasingly about the importance of internships. One day, a girl walked into my Advertising class to give a presentation on her internship at Red Shoes PR. Her presentation inspired me, and I decided to put my professors’ advice into action. I searched the Journalism Department website for internship postings. My search led me directly to the department’s local internship page, which displays the different openings throughout the Fox Valley area. As I scrolled down the page, two things caught my eye. The first being a post that mentioned the word “Photography” and the second being that same post listed under the “Public Relations” category. The posting was a PR intern position for Ardent Photography in Neenah.
As I read through the posting I began to feel a wave of excitement. I knew the job would be perfect for me. There was just one problem: the post was a few months old. I doubted that the position would still be available because the opportunity seemed too amazing to go unnoticed. However, I decided to email the company about the position just in case. To my delight, Amy, the owner of Ardent Photography, promptly emailed me requesting my resume. Shortly after came my interview at a trendy coffee shop in downtown Neenah, where Amy offered me the position.
My internship began in January 2012. At first I was assigned simple tasks, such as putting together promotional vendor packets to send to different venues that held weddings and events, and packaging photo orders to send to customers. As I gained more knowledge about the company, I began to do tasks such as selecting photos Amy had taken to submit to wedding blogs for publication, and even assisting her during different types of photoshoots. The internship really turned out to be an amazing opportunity, when I was hired on as her Assistant Wedding Photographer in April 2012.
A word of advice to all Journalism students: Take initiative! The Journalism Department is constantly updating the internship page. There are plenty of local internship opportunities. All you need to do is apply yourself, and look into it. In my case, a simple email opened the door. At any rate, an email will at least get the ball rolling. The way I see it, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!