How I got my Internship

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.💁🏼”

NEWS FLASH:

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
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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.


My advice:

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?

Bisous

Zayda

 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.

Respectfully,

Zayda Cortez

10 thoughts on “How I got my Internship

  • Reply Chrissie August 8, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    You inspired me to make a ballsy move and email the President and CEO of a huge hospital that I currently am a contract employee of. I actually got a response and my managers were surprised and happy with me as it opened several doors for me that were closed. Thanks for the inspiring blog!

    • Reply Zayda August 9, 2016 at 1:35 am

      You don’t know how happy that makes me! I’m so excited for you and now you’ve motivated your managers to perhaps be a little more bold like you! go you!!!

  • Reply Roxy August 5, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Omg words cannot express how proud of you I am! You are incredibly amazing and just simply awesome. I admire you so much and your story inspired me. Thank you for sharing that!

    • Reply Zayda August 9, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Love you so much! Thank you for reading it boo!

  • Reply Jennifer H July 14, 2016 at 2:16 am

    You’re an amazing person! I don’t know you personally but following your journey is amazing! I wish you nothing but the best! You seem so genuine and great things will always happen with that mind set of yours!!

    • Reply Zayda July 14, 2016 at 3:09 am

      You’re so kind, Jennifer. I wish you the best as well. Thank you so much for the support!

  • Reply Laura Hernandez July 14, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Loved it!!! Life is all about taking risks!!!
    Congrats Zayda, This is admirable! you are a great example for all of us [young Hispanic women]
    Keep up the great vibes!

    • Reply Zayda July 14, 2016 at 2:01 am

      Awe thank you boo! You seriously are so damn admirable yourself. Thank you for supporting me.

  • Reply Stephanie C July 13, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Omg this is so awesome!

    • Reply Zayda July 14, 2016 at 2:02 am

      Makes me so happy that you think so, Steph! Thank you for reading and commenting!!!

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