internships in advertising london
1. Search for internships on sites such as Glassdoor, Indeed and LinkedIn.
- Search for internships on sites such as Glassdoor, Indeed and LinkedIn.
- Avoid niche sites that post outstanding jobs in their industry, but not all of the others that are available.
- Narrow your search by adding specific keywords depending on your needs (e.g., add the term ‘remote’ if you’re interested in working from home or the term ‘part-time’ if you can only commit to a small number of hours each week).
- Look for opportunities in your local area to avoid commuting long distances, unless otherwise stated in the internship description.
2. Consider a recruitment agency to find an internship.
This might come as a surprise, but recruitment agencies exist to help companies find interns. And not just any intern—the right kind of intern. If they want to be successful in their work, they are going to make sure that the internships they match you with are the ones you are looking for. They specialize in finding the best internship, and that usually means getting hired as an entry-level worker instead of someone who helps file documents for three months straight.
If you have reached out to these agencies and still have not found success or don’t feel confident about your chances of getting an internship, then it’s time for plan B: going through local job boards and finding internships on your own.
3. Approach the companies you’re interested in directly.
- Write a concise, targeted cover letter. Before you start applying for internships directly with companies, prepare a cover letter to accompany your CV—you’ll need it. Explain briefly why you are interested in the company and outline how you think your skills and experience will fit their needs. Only include information that is relevant to the internship or placement being offered.
- Don’t be afraid to be direct. Sometimes it’s worth simply asking if there are any opportunities available. Even if they don’t have anything right now, they might soon, or remember your name when something opens up later on down the line.
4. Watch out for unpaid internships outside of the media industry.
While some unpaid internships are excellent, you should be wary of them outside of the media industry. You could volunteer at your local radio station and learn a lot, but you can’t eat experience. If an internship requires less than 35 hours of work per week (unless it is with a charity or in the arts), they need to pay you at least minimum wage – or it’s illegal.
And while it might feel like there is no use saying no to an opportunity, especially when getting into advertising can be so difficult, do your research and make sure that this internship is worth your time. After all, if you spend 12 weeks working for free for a company who still won’t hire you, then that time could have been better spent elsewhere – working somewhere else and earning money.
5. Be good at something and be ready to tell them how it relates to advertising.
- Take advantage of opportunities to work on ‘real’ projects. If you have the opportunity to work on a live project or client brief, then grab it! It’s great experience and will help you understand what advertising agencies are really like. You’ll also be able to demonstrate your ability to work in a team, think creatively and problem solve.
- Develop a portfolio of work that shows your skills. Starting with mock-ups is fine, but if you can show how you can apply these skills to real-life tasks then even better. For example, if you’re interested in copywriting then improve your writing by creating an advertising campaign for something that interests you; write a spec script for an advert; or create some social media content (posters, graphics) for a local charity or community group – there are lots of ways in which creative people can gain experience.
- Take advantage of any relevant training and development opportunities at college or university such as workshops on copywriting or graphic design; talks from industry experts and networking events; self-directed learning such as online tutorials etc..
Always be prepared and be passionate about what you’re doing!
When applying for an internship, you’ll want to be prepared to show them examples of your past work. You’ll also want to be prepared to present a creative or innovative idea that demonstrates your knowledge and passion for the job. Remember, this is not just about getting the job, it’s about finding out if it’s the right career for you!
Be ready to tell them how it relates to advertising and why you’re interested in working at their company. This will help make sure that you stand out from other applicants who may have similar backgrounds but don’t have such strong ties with the industry itself. Finally, do some research on what they’re looking for in an intern — what skills/experiences are most valued by employers these days?