Developing an Online Portfolio and LinkedIn Profile Are Among the Topics at the Upcoming Internship Boot Camp

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The Second Annual Event Will Prepare Students to Apply and Interview for Positions Around the World

By Katrina Molholm

Columbia, Mo. (Sept. 16, 2014) — The second annual Internship Boot Camp will be held from 3-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. Sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism, this professional development seminar prepares current students to apply for internships.

2014 Internship Boot Camp

2014 Internship Boot Camp

The 11 interactive sessions will provide general career advice to students in various areas of journalism, such as broadcast, print, magazine, radio, digital, convergence and strategic communication. These topics include interviewing techniques, networking skills and resume and cover letter workshops. Students will also learn how to create an online portfolio and develop a LinkedIn profile. Participants also can have a professional portrait taken free of charge.

Presenters will include professionals from the Joplin Globe, Missouri Life, AdKarma, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, CAPA International Education and journalism faculty. A Meet and Greet at the conclusion of the Internship Boot Camp will allow participants to personally visit with the speakers, journalists from local organizations and other MU faculty.

“While students often have the practical and intellectual skills to handle internships, the Internship Boot Camp helps them polish their presentation from resumes and portfolios, through the interview process and how to follow-up,” said Lynda Kraxberger, associate dean for undergraduate studies. “Our faculty, staff and community partners come together for the event to make sure that Missouri Journalism students stand out as the most exceptional candidates in the market.”

Major news media outlets, advertising/public relations agencies and other companies around the world benefit from the multimedia and multiplatform skills that Missouri Journalism students bring to their internship positions. In summer 2014 these included ESPN sports radio affiliates, ExxonMobil, Fleishman-Hillard, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, NBC4 in Los Angeles, The Oregonian, Sports Illustrated, Starcom MediaVest Group, VML, The Wendy Williams Show, among others.

Alumni and other recruiters are encouraged to send information about internships at their companies and organizations to Barbara Willis, the director of the School’s career services. Organizations interested in participating in the Internship Boot Camp can contact mujourcareerservices@missouri.edu.

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