Since starting our internship program at BookEnds every assistant we’ve ever had was previously one of our interns. Why wouldn’t she be? An internship is essentially the most extensive job interview you’ll ever have. Everything you do as an intern is preparing you for a career in publishing. How well you do the job, how enthusiastic you are and how well you connect with others in the office can determine what happens going forward.
The great thing about an internship program, and all of the amazing interns who have passed through our offices, is the easy access it gives us to future employees. As of right now we don’t have an openings for entry-level (aka assistant) positions at BookEnds, but when we do I know I won’t need to put out an ad or make a call for applications. I already have those at my fingertips. All I really need to do is talk to my team about who they think might be or might have been the best fit for us and make a phone call or two. Sure I might want to do a quick follow-up interview, but the nitty-gritty is done. As far as we’re concerned the short-list has already been made.
The same holds true when we hear about job openings at other agencies or publishing houses. The first thing we do is get a fresh and updated resume from any qualified interns and send it over for them.
When doing an internship, in any field, keep in mind that you are making those first connections toward your career. Whether you end up working for these people, or come across them later in life (it almost always happens), the impression you make can impact the next steps in your career.