Posted by: Tom Ross | June 4, 2014

Gird Your Loins

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InternCoffeeMugImage thanks to the Society of Publications Designers (Check out their Job Board)

Internships as career development activities used to be exploratory by nature. Prospective interns were expected to come to the interview armed with the desire to learn and a battery of soft skills including knowing how to communicate, show respect for co-workers, and manage time. And how to dress for the occasion.

But things are changing. Students must now consider bringing specific skill sets to the interviews, skills that some employers are asking for up front in their internship postings. Potential interns are finding that they need to build their portfolios accordingly.

Last year employers posted 276,631 openings for internship positions. They break down in the following way:


In order to apply for an internship in Communications, Marketing, and Social Media, for example, a student needs to show some experience in:

  • Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Event Planning
  • Business Development
  • Journalism
  • Blogging
  • Market Research
  • Technical writing and editing

An Arts, Video, and Graphic Design intern must have skills in:

  • Photoshop
  • Graphic Design
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • InDesign
  • JavaScript
  • Web Site Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography

That’s a beginner’s portfolio to envy.

These findings come from the report Job Market Intelligence: Report on the Internship Job Market from Burning Glass, a Boston-based job-finding company.


Burning Glass focuses its energy on studying career patterns in the workforce and the job market, and it uses its technology to help job seekers create good resumes and find the right job.

You can read the full report from Burning Glass here.


There’s also a new student resource in the works called LaunchPath, developed by the Foundation for California Community Colleges and the nonprofit Linked Learning Alliance that EdSource recently announced. This online database—available this Fall—will help “match high school and community college students with employers willing to hire them as interns. Linked learning programs combine academics with real-world work experience.” Stay tuned.

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