While I was in college I never bothered with internships. Honestly, I considered them more a luxury than a necessity.
“I have bills to pay. I can’t afford to work for $8/ hour much less for FREE. Plus, I’m traveling to Europe this summer.💁🏼”
After graduation, I realized that getting hired could be a pain. I totally regretted not getting the experience.
One night I was sitting on my bed at around 1 am applying for jobs online when it hit me!
Why don’t I email my CEO to ask him to let me intern?
After all, I devoted almost 4 years of my life to the company, converted a ton of people into happy and loyal customers. I even have the Google review to prove it HA.
The opportunity would be ideal!
So I stayed up to write an email to my CEO.
(The email will be posted at the bottom of this post in case you’re curious.)
Tip: When making requests, try to not only present the facts, but also the what’s in it for them.You shouldn’t simply ASK without providing a value to the person who is helping you.
I stated numbers, wrote in a voice that related to him (CEO), shed spotlight on my loyalty and success, and showcased my love for the company.
After all, the worst thing he could say was no, right?
I sent it as soon as I got to work the next morning, and impressively enough, he wrote back hours later!
That email was followed by a call from the VP asking what exactly I was looking to do.
I wanted to be Houston’s first Marketing Intern.
The next month I met with the local marketing specialist in the Houston office for a “Day in the Life” type thing, and constantly communicated back and forth with the regional specialist.
Before I knew it, the position was approved!
I was so excited! I could not believe it was THAT easy. I did tell my boyfriend at one point that I almost felt like it was too easy, like a little girl who asked her daddy for special privileges. I wanted to EARN it.
Be careful what you ask for…
HR regulations came in to ruin the fun.
For the position to be created, it first had to be opened for others to interview for.
Let’s not pretend that this didn’t bother me. If the position I PITCHED was given to someone else, it better be named after me at the very least LOL.
The hiring process took several months, but I decided to stick it out. I felt like the position was my baby. I brought it to life, and I knew it would be a great opportunity.
In the meantime, I interviewed for other companies and turned down some opportunities. (They didn’t appear as interesting.)
I took a risk by declining other positions for the one I created. But my confidence betrayed me… I was informed about a hiring freeze that caused the internship to be borderline canceled.
At that point, I thought to myself, “at least you tried.” There was nothing left for me to do… but then I got a call.
Finally 6 months after my initial proposal the position was officially official AND MINE!
It felt even better this time around because not only did I pitch it, but I earned it.
So far it’s been an incredible experience that I am extremely grateful for. I’m happy that I stuck it out and did not give in for a position with a company I wasn’t passionate about.
CREATE opportunities. Don’t wait for them to exist.
ASK for what you want, after all the worst anyone can say is no…or just ignore you LOL.
Leave your tips for getting hired below! I’ll be a free agent in late August so the hustle is back on. Then again, does it ever stop?
My Email to my CEO below:
Title: A life changing proposal
Dear Mr. L,
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Zayda Cortez. I have dedicated almost four years of my life to T-Company as a Bilingual Sales Representative in retail store 1234.
This past May, I graduated with a Public Relations and French degree. I absolutely love T-Company, and my ultimate goal in life is to work in the marketing department in California.
I am aware that T-Company is looking to hire a Field Marketing Manager in the Houston market. I currently do not have the marketing experience I need, as I have been busy kicking butt unleashing our company’s Uncarrier moves while I was in school full-time.
This is where your help comes in, Mr. L.
I am hoping (PRAYING, BEGGING) for the opportunity to at the very least apply to be the marketing manager’s assistant/intern. I am aware this position does not exist, but I am creating it as we speak. I am not seeking compensation, as this would be the opportunity of a lifetime.
I believe that I will bring a lot to the table. I know first hand what customers want. I am in touch with the Hispanic community that takes up 44% of Houston’s market and probably even higher percentage of this city’s clientele.
For me to serve in my magenta home while I embark on to the next stage of my life would be a dream come true.
I believe in breaking rules and the common structure. The Uncarrier values are who I am! This is why I decided I have nothing to lose by sending this email. Not to mention, through your tweets, appearances and overall interaction with the public and your employees, I feel like I know you, Mr. L.
I hope this email was not out of line, and I thank you for taking time out of your very busy day to read it.
Attached is my resume in case you are interested.