Many college students can probably attest to this, but the path to an internship is a grueling process. After countless resume edits, cover letter examples, portfolio lectures, mock interviews, and social media workshops, you get to start applying for internships. Applying for internships is like a game, a game of hurry up and wait. You spend hours on the phone trying to get a hold of someone and take 40 minutes to re-read a 5-sentence email just to make sure it’s perfect. In the days that follow, you will refresh your inbox about 1,000 times, keep your phone on loud, and of course, wait.
On the Hunt
Let’s go back about six months. There I was about to begin my spring semester. The only thing standing between myself and graduation were a couple more classes and an internship. Classes started, extracurricular activities began, and spring semester seemed to be moving full speed ahead. Internships were the talk of town amongst my peers. After reaching out to several companies, I had heard back from a couple that were interested in me but things seemed to be moving slow and I was determined to lock down an internship position for summer.
How I Found foodjunky
One afternoon, I saw a foodjunky-sponsored ad pop up on one of my newsfeeds. I had already heard of foodjunky through a friend who had done an internship with them last year. I remembered her speaking very highly of her experience but I wasn’t sure if applying for another internship was the best idea since a few other companies were seriously considering me. I decided to sleep on it.
The next morning, I found a contact and shot out an email, figuring, I had nothing to lose. To my surprise, I received an email back that same day asking for more information on my internship and before you know it we were emailing back and forth. Coincidentally, the girl I had been in touch with, had also attended Central Michigan University and graduated with the same major that I was pursuing, Integrative Public Relations. Within that same week she was in touch with my internship supervisor and I was invited in for an interview, which I gladly agreed to.
I drove down from school for my interview. Like any normal human, I was nervous the morning of my interview. My thoughts were all over the place driving down to Detroit as I attempted to answer interview questions in my head.
Over the years, I have been in numerous interview situations. From part time seasonal jobs to extra curricular activities, I have interviewed over a dozen times, not to mention countless mock interviews. Never in my time as a society-contributing adult have I had an interview like my interview at foodjunky, and I say that with the utmost respect.
In my head I had pictured my interview in some sort of conference room or personal office, which was not the case. I walked into one big open room, which was shared by the CEO, Travis Johnson and several other employees who all sat together each day while working, I thought that was so nice.
Before my interview even began, one of the girls explained to me that she would just be sitting in on my interview to listen and observe. She followed this with advice to be myself and a brief description of her first internship experience. She explained that her first internship wasn’t what she wanted it to be, she felt this was because she was never able to be herself. This is something she didn’t want me to feel at foodjunky, not even in my interview. Once again, she encouraged me to be myself, sit back, make myself comfortable, and answer the interview questions as honestly as possible. Her simple 30-second spiel changed the mood in an even more positive direction than before. I felt a sense of comfort and relief knowing that these girls were relatable and had also been in my shoes at one point.
You know when you meet people that you just “click” with? That’s how I felt while interviewing. I felt an immediate connection. Conversation seemed to flow in a way that was so natural, I actually forgot I was interviewing at times. I was caught off guard in the best way with questions about my likes, dislikes, hopes, dreams, and aspirations. They were interested in more than just what I could do, but who I was as a person. I left the interview feeling a sense of comfort and relief, it wasn’t bad at all, in fact, I wish more interviews were like this one.
I drove back up to school that afternoon pondering how I was going to say thank you for my interview. foodjunky is such a young, fun, and quirky business. I wanted to show my creative side in a way that wasn’t your typical thank you email. I wanted to show them that I was a good fit for foodjunky. I wanted to show them Carly. When I got back to my apartment I dug out all my scrapbooking supplies, handmade and wrote two cards for the two girls who interviewed me.
The following week I was offered an internship position at foodjunky, which I gratefully accepted. At last the hunt was over, and lucky for me, I finally found a new home for summer. Let the adventure begin.