Landing my first internship after facing 23 rejections – A writer’s story

landing-my-first-internship-after-facing-21-rejections-my-story-of-becoming-a-writerAbout the Author: Aprajeeta Singh is pursuing B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Sri Aurobindo Institute of Technology, Indore. She provides insightful details about her journey as a content writing intern and how she bagged 6 different internships even after facing more than 30 rejections.

One day, when my brother was stuck in his projects, he gave one of his content writing assignments to me. When I completed it, he was impressed with my work and suggested me to do internships through Internshala.

My journey with Internshala began in December 2014. I applied for 7 internships on the first day itself. I waited for 3 days but didn’t receive any replies. When I asked my brother, he said, “You are not the only one available with skills; you have to compete and give your best to stand out from the crowd.” I understood the fact and continued applying; however, I got rejected by 23 companies. I was disheartened; I was sure that my submissions weren’t that bad. I again consulted my brother and he explained that it’s not always about errors, it could be due to my approach as well. So, I developed a better answer for the inevitable question, “Why should we hire you?” I practiced writing answers in the format of an email with proper greetings and salutation, mentioned my skills and experiences in a more structured format, and worked on conveying the ‘reason of my interest in the company and my knowledge about the company background’ in a better way during interviews. And soon my hard work paid off. I finally got hired for a content editor profile at Scribblers. They liked my write-up and my internship began. I was very excited, but it involved writing 2-3 articles daily with the deadline of few hours. I enjoyed the work for 2 days, but then rechecking and re-editing was also added to my work plan. It demanded a lot of accuracy and speed and I couldn’t cope with the pressure of deadlines. I found I was still lagging in few skills and so I left the internship in few days after informing my mentor.

For next 2 months, I worked on the most common grammatical errors that I was making and went through some of the basic concepts thoroughly. I read several books and novels to improve my vocabulary and started using additional language tools that were available on the internet. I wrote few articles and asked my faculties to review them and only when I received satisfactory comments, I started applying for more internships.

Soon I got shortlisted by MavCure. I was asked to write a well-researched, non-plagiarized test article on “Ayurvedic Medicine for a cough”. They liked the article and I was selected as the content writing intern. I enjoyed the work; it taught me a lot about the brevity of the content, time management, and managing the quality of an article when minimum word limit was 2000 words. It was not easy but it did wonders for my writing skills. The internship got over in 2 months and I took a break for my semester examinations.

I made a goal that at the end of my exams I should have an internship in my hand. Thus, while preparing for the exams, I devoted an hour every day to apply for internships. In that duration, I wrote about 4-5 articles as assignments and got shortlisted for 3 internships one week before my last exam. I attended a telephonic interview for Fusion49. I was asked about my schedule, about how I would manage college and internship together, and whether I could write lengthy, SEO friendly articles. They were satisfied with my answers and next day I had to write a test article. As I opened my inbox on the eve of the last exam, there it was – the confirmation email of my selection as the content development intern at Fusion49. I had accomplished my goal.

Just after the exam, I went to the Training & Placement cell of my college and asked for the letter of recommendation. That day brought further accolades as I didn’t just get the LOR but our TPO head also offered me the chance to be the Student Placement Coordinator for my initiatives and out of the box thinking. I gladly accepted the offer.

Internshala helped me unearth the skills that were trapped deep within me. It also helped in developing my personality as I attended several workshops organized by them. I got fascinated by their Digital Marketing workshop as well and currently, I’m pursuing training and tutorials in that field as well. I will always be thankful to Internshala for the opportunities it gave me and for showing me that I can always follow my passion irrespective of my location and time constraints.

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11 thoughts on “Landing my first internship after facing 23 rejections – A writer’s story

  • December 5, 2016 at 9:46 PM

    Nice article.
    Best of luck for the future.

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    • December 8, 2016 at 9:05 PM

      How will you submit your form. I couldn’t submit the “why would like us to hire you ?” question page itself. can you help me?

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      • December 9, 2016 at 5:44 PM

        Hi Shakthi,

        Thank you for writing in. Please try opening the website in Chrome/ Mozilla and in incognito mode. Also, try pressing Ctrl+Shift R keys to clear web browsing cache.

        If the problem still persists, then please take a screenshot of the page and send it to support@internshala.com. We will be happy to assist :)

        Thanks

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    • December 27, 2016 at 8:41 PM

      Thank you

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  • December 15, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Hiiiii I m deepti . many time I applied for internship . but no answer or reply . can u say why I m not be selected .

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    • December 15, 2016 at 6:08 PM

      Hi Deepti,

      Thank you for writing in. If you get selected for an internship, the employer will notify you. Keep a tab on the dashboard for the updates in your application status.

      There might be a number of reasons for the rejection of your application – the number of positions available could be very few as compared to the applications received, your profile did not match the requirement for this internship, the employer was looking for specific skill sets or your resume/application was not up to his expectations.

      So, work on your profile and the applications accordingly and then apply for the internships.
      Wish you good luck :)

      Regards,
      Team Internshala

      Reply
  • December 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    I applied for a internship for hotel management@ zaheer Khan’s hotel…as it was my first time for internship application, I was very straightforward in my resume. Is it okay ??

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  • February 21, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    hello, I Bhawna Hariramani studying in B. C. A 2nd yr from Banasthli vidyapeeth. I want ur help as i am doing the BCA but i am not intrested to do the internship in IT sector ,as iam from commerce background ,i m much more intrested in Accountancy and do the internship in fields of it. So, should i apply for iit or not. Kindly reply me for the same.

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  • June 27, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    Hiii Internshala,
    can you please suggest me how to select in these internships.

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    • June 28, 2017 at 4:01 PM

      Hi Lakshmi,

      Thank you for writing in. To improve your chances of getting hired for an internship, you must craft your answer well for the question, ‘why should you be hired for this internship?’. This answer plays a key role in your selection.
      Also, your resume should contain all the details like skills, training, projects, work experience (if any). If you have more queries related to this, please write to student@internshala.com. We will be happy to assist :)

      Thanks,
      Team Internshala

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