Posted by: Meghan Orner
I am sure we've all heard that internships often lead to entry-level jobs, which is why it is usually the juniors and seniors in college who are striving for internships. There is so much competition for internships, and it can be difficult to achieve an internship, especially if you're a freshman.
But that is exactly what sophomore Eric Flockhart did at the end of his freshman year. As a communications major here at the Mount, Eric was an intern writer for ScoreGolf Magazine, which is one of Canada's largest golf publications. He knew of the magazine from his personal reading and his involvement in the golf world.
So how did Eric get this internship? During winter break, he brought his resume and writing samples to the office for ScoreGolf and asked to see the editor. Even though the editor was not available, a staff member agreed to pass on his paperwork. A few days later, Eric received a phone call from the editor to set up a phone interview. After their second conversation, Eric was offered an internship at ScoreGolf, where he was responsible for researching and writing stories in hopes of increasing their online presence through their web site.
Even as a freshman, Eric was excited to join the journalistic world as soon as he could. Hoping this internship would enable him to learn whether or not he was truly interested in journalism, Eric definitely found his answer: "The most beneficial thing throughout this experience was that it solidified my passion for journalism and helped me understand the basis of what I want to do as I grow older." Eric was even interviewed by U.S. News and World Report about his internship experience as a freshman.
One might be curious if the editors at ScoreGolf were concerned that Eric was only a freshman. But if anything, they admired his initiative and his writing abilities. Eric had previous experience writing for his high school newspaper, and the editor at ScoreGolf was able to guide him through the writing process at his internship. An important thing to remember about internships is that they are learning experiences. Mentors never assume that interns immediately have all the answers as soon as they begin their internship.
Even though it can be intimidating, Eric definitely supports the idea of seeking an internship any time throughout college - the earlier the better. Internships give students the opportunity to discover what they like and dislike about a particular field in which they are interested.
Looking to the future, Eric hopes to complete his education with a Master's degree and venture into the journalistic world in some form. He will always love and be thankful for having the opportunity to write. To view the U.S. News article featuring Eric Flockhart, please visit: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2013/09/26/land-an-internship-after-freshman-year-of-college
The Career Center congratulates Eric Flockhart on his accomplishments and encourages all students to take initiative in applying for internships.