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During the summertime, there are so many interns that move to D.C. to spend the summer at an internship to further their career or their skill set. However, it can be really disheartening when you don’t get your “dream internship” or you don’t understand where to start. After having an internship last year in the swamp and returning for this summer, I wanted to share what it means to seek a conservative internship.
It’s not all about where you go to school
From both summers in the swamp, one thing I’ve learned is that it’s not only about where you go to school. When you apply, it can be difficult to hold a high level of confidence because you don’t go to a private school or an Ivy League. I’m here to tell you that it isn’t only about where you go to school. It’s about what you’ve done while you’ve been a student there. Sure, you could go to a prestigious school and have a 4.0, but what else did you do with your time? If you’re sitting there wondering what else it is you fill your time with, you need to make a change. Go find something to fill your time that you’re passionate about; your future employer will see that passion and the consistency, which will help you with the process.
Your resume needs to stand out
My next piece of advice would be your resumé. The people who are looking through resumes are looking at hundreds. It’s your job to make sure that you stand out. The best way to do that would be to use Canva. Canva is a graphic design website where you can make graphics for social media, websites, and also resumes. If you’re interested in broadcast journalism, find a resume format that includes a picture. If you’re interested in a job at the White House or a more traditional work setting, find a resume that might not be colorful, but is organized in a way that will stand out from the crowd.
Find internships you’re genuinely passionate about
So, you’ve got your extracurriculars and your resumé, what’s next? It’s time for you to find the internships you’re passionate about and want to work at. You shouldn’t be looking at only the internships that are paid or are the big deal internships like the Hill or the White House. You should be looking at the internships that align with what you’re passionate about. Many students see that an internship isn’t paid and it deters them from applying. This shouldn’t be the case. Yes, you will spend thousands of dollars on housing and transportation once you’re in the city, but it will pay off in the long run, trust me.
Don’t let rejection deter you
What about when you’re rejected from the internship at the top of your list? This shouldn’t be a deterring factor that keeps you from applying to more internships. If anything, this should motivate you to keep trying and to work hard to apply the next year. There are so many other awesome opportunities that you can take advantage of during the summer. You could work for a political campaign or you can contribute for organizations that support young conservative writers like FFL, Lone Conservative, and more. There are so many opportunities to build a portfolio or create an image for yourself. It’s up to you to pursue them.
Be prepared to work hard
While I realize that everything I’m saying could apply to any internship, not only conservative internships, what sets conservative internships apart from others is that they expect you to work hard. Conservatives are known for their traditional work ethic, whether it be from the blue-collar worker or the CEO who built their company up from the ground. An internship that aligns with conservative values will expect the most from their interns; they will expect you to be the first one in the office and the last to leave. Trust is an important factor in the office which also comes with the importance of being a team player.