Sorry guys, but I’m not talking about the movie, The Internship*, staring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, but the internship process I’ve spent the past month going through.
At the end of February my CJ 4850 Professor forwarded me an email regarding summer internships, and the application if I was interested. I had thought about it after talking to my advisor and she said it would be a good experience for someone like me to get some real lab experience and get my foot in the door some. Although my initial thought was spring 2016 since the application process had already happened for this spring and I knew my fall semester was going to be time consuming.
This email was for the summer a time I hadn’t thought about, but the summer would have meant all of my time was focused on just the internship. If I got an internship, it would also require me to find some sort of housing during the summer. The first part was easy enough I had two weeks to fill out the application, write an essay on why I want the internship and what I expect to gain from it and turn it into the Criminal Justice department. The application included a list of agencies to choose from including: Stanislaus County District Attorneys office, Modesto Police Department, Juvenile Hall, Stanislaus County Coroners Office and many more.
There were scheduled interviews the following two weeks after the application deadline. Each applicant had to dress professionally, show up on time, bring a copy of their resume and be prepared to talk about the two agencies they had chosen on their application. I got a little help to spruce up my resume because I wanted it to look as professional as possible since I had no related work experience. The interview made me extremely nervous, I had gone through interviews before, but this one was different. This one, if nothing went wrong could show me that all of these courses I’ve taken have gotten me to the job I want. Although it was just an internship, it would give me the reassurance that this is the career path for me.
Having to wait for a response for a job or an internship is very stressful. The best response is always the acceptance, but that probably won’t happen all of the time. There is no way that every interview you go in for will result in moving forward and getting the job. If that happens you have to believe it was the right thing. Other opportunities will come around and maybe even better opportunities. Look at it that you at least got through an interview, that you polished your resume, and that this experience will help you next time.
*Fun fact, when they were shooting the film they used actual Google employees to play volleyball because the extras they had were not very good.