Lady Gaga pretty much has it all: an unstoppable music career, a fashion sense that consistently makes headlines and a killer body to boot. Apparently, though, there’s one thing she is missing in her life: an internship.
That’s right; at the top of the reigning music queen’s wish list is an internship with London milliner Philip Treacy. The hat maker, known for his exotic, wild designs that Gaga often rocks on the red carpet, confirmed that he recently received the superstar’s résumé and application for his internship program. (No word on whether or not she’s gotten the job.)
Lady Gaga wouldn’t be the first celebrity to take on an internship role despite already being wildly successful. Rapper and record producer Kanye West did an unpaid stint at the Gap last year and hockey player Sean Avery interned at Vogue in 2008. So forget what you know about internships being for college students; these celebrities confirm that it’s never too late – and you’re never too successful — to be an intern.
If you’ve found yourself stuck in a career rut or you’ve always wondered what it’s like to work in a particular profession, there’s no time like the present. Check out our tips for intern-hopefuls of any age.
1. Use your connections: When applying for an internship, ask family and friends if they know anyone who works in the field you’re interested in. As in any job search, an “in” at a company may help you land a job — especially if the company doesn’t have an established internship program.
2. Start your search early: If you think you’ll have time to do an internship in the fall, start looking now. Companies with established internship programs often hire months in advance. Visit sites like CareerRookie.com for internship listings.
3. Check out nonprofits: Nonprofits often have limited budgets, making them especially receptive to the extra help an intern provides. Nonprofit companies require the same functions as for-profit corporations, so expect to find opportunities in human resources, research, communications and accounting.
4. Find a mentor: Once you land an internship, find a mentor in the company — someone whose job you’d love to do or who knows the industry well. Ask to shadow this person for a day or set up an informational interview so you can ask questions about the job.
5. Maximize the opportunity: Even if you spend a lot of time at the photocopier or getting coffee, make the most out of your time as an intern. Check out your surroundings. What is the atmosphere like? Do people in the industry seem happy? What are the hours? Also, don’t be afraid to ask for more responsibility. Say something like, “I’ve always wanted to try event planning. Do you need any extra help setting up the event tonight?” It never hurts to ask, and you’ll demonstrate your interest in the job.
For more information on internships for older workers, check out CareerBuilder’s article: “Older Workers Taking on Internships.”