April 4, 2014
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Now that you’ve landed the internship – or are close to landing the internship – it is important that you are prepared for the few months of hard work that is approaching. You can never fully know what to expect, but you can feel a little more comfortable and confident if you do your homework before your first day.
One of the best and most essential ways of preparing for your internship is to know your industry. Reading blogs, downloading apps, following certain Twitter accounts and keeping up on news are important responsibilities that you must follow through with, in order to be equipped for the job to represent your clients and your company. To help you prepare, I will cover a few major industries and news sources to follow to ensure that we are all prepared for our internships!
Wired is a magazine and online publication dedicated to technology and how it relates to the world around us. Whether it’s science, entertainment, design, business and more, Wired puts technology in simple terms and relates it to our every day encounters through articles and videos.
TechCrunch is a blog website focused on information technology companies, ranging in size from startups to established NASDAQ-100 firms. If you will be interning for a firm that works with startups, this site can give you vital information on other businesses and startups in the industry.
While Mashable isn’t strictly a technology news source, I really like their tech articles. They revolve around the technology that we use every day, such as smartphones, tablets, websites and social media. They are short and sweet, which is perfect for us busy college students when we want the news.
Medical News Today (@mnt)
This site supplies all news related to the medical field including recent findings, studies and tests that have been completed. They also have ‘Cartoon Fridays’ on their Twitter account, so you can’t go wrong with this one.
Science Daily (@ScienceDaily)
Science Daily’s health and medicine section features research, news and videos relating to the medical field. Within this section are sub-sections Health and Medicine, Mind and Brain and Living and Well, so that you can narrow down news based on your interests.
Retailing Today (@RetailingToday)
Retailing Today has a news section dedicated to news stories revolving around the world’s top 100 retailers and their trading partners. From product news to news on CEO’s and company leaders, Retailing Today will give you the information you need to know about the retail industry.
Women’s Wear Daily (@womensweardaily)
Women’s Wear Daily covers news in regards to retail ranging from financial and legal news to retail forecasts. I also like this site because it covers retail news all over the world, rather than just the United States.
Now that you have a few sites and blogs to follow, you will be prepared for your internship no matter what industry your clients and company may fall under. It is always important to do your research and keep up on trends relating to your work. Hopefully you found this helpful and can follow a few new Twitter accounts!
Annie Beard is a junior studying Strategic Communications. You can follow her on Twitter at @annie_beard.