Within the first few weeks of my internship, I have helped with a lot of different tasks. I have updated the Pathways to Housing Pa website in small ways. I have monitored a campaign and written social media shout outs, and emails for the donors. I also wrote a press release within my first week. I have done a lot of little things but in the end it is important because these things need to be done in order to make things happen.
The other week I was dropped from a hold at my freelance job. This happens all the time – jobs cancel, dates get moved around… no big deal. But then I came in to the studio and overheard them talking about the job still. I realized that it was still happening… I was kicked off of it. So of course I was pissed off, kindof hurt even, racking my brain to figure out what I did wrong. Was I doing a bad job as a photo assistant? Did I forget to clean something, or say something wrong in front of a client? I was stressing out.
The most valuable skill I’ve learned so far at my internship is how to keep the trash can empty and the coffee flowing. Basically with what I do, my entire job is to make sure that there are no problems and nothing goes wrong. In a photo studio, clients want to be impressed, and they don’t want to worry about anything. And the photographer wants to put on a show and make everyone feel like he has everything under control. Casually. So that means the trash is always empty, the studio is always clean, I always know the wi-fi password, I can give them directions to anything they need from the neighborhood, and most importantly, there is always always coffee.
Everyday when I walk into my internship at Siquis in Baltimore, as a junior account executive I don’t just try to do great work, but I try to make an impression on people. I make a point to say good morning to almost everyone in the office. Siquis is a small agency, they have about 30 people, so it isn’t that hard to make the effort to say good morning to them.
Who would have thought starting an internship would shape my future and the things I want compared to the things I thought I wanted. Joining the Independence Blue Cross team was intimidating. Going into the big city everyday to go to a high floor and look over the beautiful city of Philadelphia. It felt as if I grew up overnight and wasn’t a college student anymore but a business woman working in the city of brotherly love. I wasn’t sure how the corporate life would treat me and what exactly I would be doing. All I knew was I was excited to work in such a respected corporation in Philadelphia.
As an Account Management intern at LevLane Advertising, I thought my summer would be spent crunching numbers at a tiny desk tucked away from the “real” employees. One hour into my first day on the job, I quickly discovered that I was in for an amazing experience. Every clichéd idea I had about a drab, fluorescent lit, cubicle-filled summer was completely shattered.
You know how often as an intern you are trusted to handle work that is important to the team and not just actual grunt work? Not very often that’s what! So when you are actually tasked with some thing important, its very imperative that you clearly understand the task otherwise it’s pretty hard to complete it.
What a Rush
For the past two months I’ve been interning at a full service ad agency called Siquis as a junior account executive. It is located in Baltimore and it relatively small with about 30 people employed there.
From as long as I can remember I have not been the small talker. I’d run out of something to say in about two seconds flat and then just stand there awkwardly. This hindered me from even trying to talk to some people at times in fear that I might freeze up and my general questions like “how are you?” might not cut it and make the person pick up the conversation. The thought of freezing in front of someone that was my superior even frightened me more. What if I look stupid? What if they ask something I don’t know the answer to? All I hoped was the other person would continue to talk so I didn’t have a chance to make myself look bad. Being an Intern at Independence Blue Cross has helped me develop as better networker.