Marcia from DeVry University asked:
What can I do with a Master’s in Educational Technology if I am not working in a school district? How can I get an internship or experience in Instructional Design?
Want a quick overview of the field of Educational Technology?
Check out the following two videos. You will see potential pathways both within and outside of school districts.
How do you find a job or internship in instructional design?
Look where the opportunities are likely to be posted. In this case, that means educational-focused online job boards and trade publications and through related professional associations. I have listed a lot of options below for you to review to get some ideas.
Where do you start?
If you are looking for an internship while you are in school, the geographic scope of your search is probably going to be limited to your local area. Translation: You probably need to intern near where you are in school, right!
In this case, look to the colleges and universities. and (if there are any in your area) educational publishers, online training and software companies and game developers. All of these types of organizations probably have people working in some form of educations technology, instructional design or user interface design – the need for instructional designers goes beyond the your local school district. Talk to folks in these worlds to get first hand information on their fields (this is called an informational interview) and inquire about internship opportunities.
Chances are, most of these internships will not be posted on the big national job boards. Some of them might not be posted at all. Some won’t even exist until you ask about them.
Where do you begin?
- With research to learn as much about the field as you can
- With that first phone call, email or visit to someone in your area working in educational technology
- With a plan of action for pursuing job opportunities
I hope this information helps you get started.