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Network, Network, Network

We’ve all heard the phrase, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” It definitely reigns true in this economy, especially in highly competitive markets like journalism.

The opportunity for jobs are scarce, which means having multiple internships are important.

Just like with jobs, the fight for an impressive internship position is difficult and a bit intimidating. This is why networking is valuable.

Volunteer groups such as Ed 2010 host happy hours for college students to meet prospective employers and it allows them to market themselves and get their name out in the area. There are active city chapters in both the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas.

Ed’s happy hours provide a laid back networking environment for students to ask questions about upcoming internship positions and even swap published work.

I had two internships and both have come from meeting editors at Ed’s happy hour. You’re setting yourself apart from other candidates by going the extra step and attending these sort of affairs. With both of my internships, I bypassed the application process and was interviewed within a week of Ed’s happy hour event.

Networking is not only beneficial for the present, but those very connections can land you your dream job or even another opportunity.

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2 Responses to “Network, Network, Network”

  1. Melany, this is so cool! I have never heard of this and I am actually looking for an internship for next semester. This is such a neat thing to do and a great way to network. Thanks for adding the link. One word of advice, I would have loved to hear some quotes from other students who have had success with this type of networking. This post if strictly from your own personal experience, correct? I would have liked to hear from other people as well.

  2. I don’t actually see the “reporting” in this post. Remember, you should be interviewing at least one person a week for these blog posts.


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