Published: Dec. 9, 2015
Murphy

What were the main steps you took to get your internship/job?

Following through with opportunities sent to us via film studies department emails. It is so important to first subscribe to this if your department offers it, because compared to other email lists, the jobs/internships offered are directly related to your major.  Really take the time to read them, not many people do, so that's why you'll have a better chance of getting the job.

How did CU-Boulder Career Services help you with your internship/job search process?

The freshman session I attended helped motivate me to be proactive about pursuing an internship as a student.

Describe your role and responsibilities at your current organization.

I currently produce video content for various clients on campus from admissions to alumni.  I develop concepts, shoot video, edit and communicate with clients on a daily basis. I also manage equipment maintenance and ordering, and partake in the supervision of a small team of student interns.

What other comments or recommendations do you have for fellow Buffs as they begin their search?

This is the only time in your life you should work for free (unless it's something you really care about).  For the most part you should have your living situation taken care of while you're in school, so you can afford to do an unpaid internship.  Waiting until after graduation to get that kind of experience is going to hurt. Internships offer experience that is completely separate from the critical studies acquired in classes, and especially for the arts, there is no class that can teach you how to be a professional, how to work with clients, and promote yourself. You want to come out of college as well rounded as possible, especially since the opportunities are there and they're designed to work with your schooling schedule.  Waiting until after graduation to start this search is like trying to study for a test you've already failed. Plus, through an on-campus internship I got way more involved with the university and was able to learn about so many hidden opportunities that lead to things like project funding, cool study spaces, and even more friends.  So basically, get your money's worth.  I feel like classes are only a small percentage of what this campus really has to offer, and I know many people regret not taking advantage of that earlier on, so start asap!

What would you tell a student who has never used Career Services?

It's a great place to reveal how much is available to you on campus, but for me, I was overwhelmed by all of the options, even after narrowing down my search. However, there are real people you can talk to for advice there, which is what I prefer and it helps make the opportunities seem more accessible, rather than just a number on a list.

Email: alana.murphy@colorado.edu