Experts say to land a good internship, you should prepare and triple-read your resume; include all experiences—paid and unpaid; submit your request on time; pre-research the company, come to the interview prepared, and dress properly. Yet how refreshing it is when an employer comes looking for you because of your skills, character, and reputation. That was young David’s experience. We read in 1 Samuel chapter 16 that his reputation went before him. After God rejected Saul from being king, Saul became psychologically unfit to rule, filled with depression and fear. His attendants suggested he find a musician to play the harp to calm him. One of Saul’s attendants knew about David. He described him to Saul as a talented musician, a brave young man, a good fighter, a man with good judgment, a fine-looking man, and one who had a good relationship with God. Saul hired David. A person who is skillful, has good character, is kind and caring, and has a good relationship with God is rare. Leaders will seek them out, so interns and any aspiring worker should aim to be persons of character, so their reputations will go before them.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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