Internships are the key to success for any aspiring sports journalist.
We live in an era where a high GPA and a college degree no longer guarantee jobs. It is all about who you know and what you have accomplished.
Resumes will have a permanent home in the trash if they are lacking in work experience and references.
Internships are a resume’s defense against being trashed.
Internships allow young college students the chance to build networks and gain real-world experience. The more you have, the better your chances of landing the sports media position you are seeking.
The problem; however, is that sports journalism internships can be hard to find. Sometimes, they are harder to find than to obtain.
If you do not know where to look or if you are not attending a school that keeps you updated on sports media internships, you are going to miss important opportunities.
Luckily, I was able to find a few online resources that are dedicated to helping others find jobs and internships:
CubReporters is for the entire discipline of journalism. This site includes job listings, internship opportunities, tips, advice and much more. They break journalism down into sections, with an entire section of the site dedicated to sports journalism.
This one is for the sports broadcasters. From behind the camera to on-air careers, this site has everything you need to know about the industry, including job listings, sports media internships and expert advice. Their YouTube channel contains “How to” videos, behind-the-scenes features and interviews with experts.
ExpertVillage is a YouTube channel with videos that give advice on just about every subject. They have videos that cover many different aspects of journalism, including a series titled “How to be a Local Sports Reporter.” This series offers some great advice, visible in the above video.
The best advice I can give, is to contact all of the sports media outlets in your area and send out your resume to many more. Show that your truly passionate about sports journalism and that you are eager to gain real-world experience as an intern with their company.
Besides, the worst they can do is say “No.” Right?