All About Internships: Take The Lead’s Intern Interviews Gloria Feldt

Issue 100— July 8, 2019

Ask a college student in early spring what they’re most worried about, and I guarantee it won’t be their finals. It will be the dreaded internship search.

Lauren Reeder on her experience with Gloria Feldt: “Working for Gloria was an incredible catalyst to my career in leadership. At age 21, I had wild aspirations and dreams, but being with her daily to watch leadership in action helped me frame my goals and visualize my success. After interning for Gloria I went on to attend Harvard Law School. I moved home to Texas to pursue my legal career for the last ten years. Since January, I’ve taken on a new leadership role as a State District Judge. I credit my time with Gloria for helping me shape my personal view of leadership and success.” Check out Lauren’s feature in The Houston Lawyer Magazine at https://www.thehoustonlawyer.com/
Dior Vargas, Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist, at a speaking engagement. Click here to follow her work.
Gabrielle Korn, Editor and Chief of Nylon magazine, from her Instagram. Follow her work here.
  1. When looking for internships, seek out role models at companies that you want to learn from. Before I participated in a week-long “Flash Internship,” with Oxford University Press this May, I researched what professionals we would be interacting with and then made sure to introduce myself and get the business cards of anyone connected to social science journals.
  2. Use Power Tool #2, Define Your Own Terms, to be intentional about what you’re getting out of the internship. Then, communicate your goals to the people you’re working for. At our first meeting, Gloria pointedly asked me what I was hoping to get out of my internship at Take The Lead— and I said I wanted writing projects. Thank you to Gloria for giving me the nudge on this Power Tool.
  3. Think expansively about your network and then use whatever you have. Unfortunately, children of parents without professional contacts are disadvantaged in this system. But regardless of who you are, or who your parents are, it never hurts to send that email to or call up someone you want to learn more about. “People generally love to talk about what they do,” my mother loves to remind me.
  4. Don’t stress! Your internship doesn’t have to be with the company you want to spend the rest of life with. Internship experience is always important in building credibility. And from my point of view, don’t knock those regular summer jobs, either. I am learning much about communication and marketing from my part-time job at a bakery this summer. Like we say in tip #2, always be intentional about what you can learn.

Gloria Feldt is a New York Times bestselling author and co-founder and president of Take The Lead, a nonprofit women’s leadership organization.