Jump in. Try it out. Learn new skills.
What are you interested in?
This question begins the process of finding and diving into real-world internships
where you’ll learn about the industry and yourself.
Nothing is as hands-on as being in an actual workplace, helping out and learning through doing. The work that we choose to pursue, our life’s work, should be a meaningful and positive means to both earn a paycheck and live the lifestyle that is most important to each of us.
Each of us has different interests, different aspects that to us will make up a vibrant life, and different ideas of what we want to be able to afford for ourselves and the people closest to us.
Dynamy’s internships are unpaid opportunities to see work firsthand. The day you walk into an internship interview you could be walking through the door to an amazing career or to an opportunity to learn the vital foundational skills about people and work culture to ensure success at a course of study or career that you discover next time.
Our internships are as diverse and varied as our students and staff. And every year we create new ones based on an intern’s answer to that first question, “what are you interested in?”
Our student interests cover a broad range of possible careers—what catches your eye?
Even with that range of interests and categories, over the decades we’ve learned a few key things that almost always are present for a successful internship:
Two Types of Skills
We know that an awareness that there are two types of skills to learn and hone makes for a better, richer internship experience. For simplicity, we’ll call these skill types the What, which includes the details of the industry or area you find yourself in and specific workplace tasks, and the How, which includes people skills, unwritten workplace norms, organizational skills, etc. Most of us are naturally better at one type or the other, which usually means we’ll need to learn about both to find the most success.
Here’s something that almost everyone can agree on, whether it is school or professional work, people naturally work hard at things they care about and are interested in. But, in the real world, to earn the most interesting and relevant tasks, you often have to prove that you can be relied on with all tasks (not just the most exciting). This also shows that you value the opportunity, and work, given to you. The faster an intern demonstrates a strong work ethic, the quicker they gain respect and additional opportunities.
A great understanding to have about an internship (as well as nearly everything else in life) is that you didn’t just order it off a menu. It is a real-world experience, which means it will be unpredictable at times, will take a little time before you truly can see what you are “getting” out of it, and that some of the benefits and learning may not be fully known until after the experience has ended. An experiential internship, just like the whole program, is a process.
Here’s what a recent Intern had to say about his experience:
After interviewing, I chose a photo print shop based on the shop’s atmosphere and my strong interest in photography. I had only studied photography once, in a high school class, but I did fairly well – it just came naturally to me. The people working at the printing shop edit and print film and do set up for professional photography shoots. I had responsibilities in each of these areas so I got a lot of great experience. I learned all about studio lighting and saw the work of so many professional photographers. This inspired my own work and helped me focus my photography on portraiture.