Don’t Hold Yourself Back


While on my third internship in a row, I have definitely learned a variety of information that I wouldn’t necessarily learn in class. The number one thing I learned that took some time for me to realize is the fact that just because I’m the intern or the youngest one there, doesn’t mean my opinion doesn’t matter. First starting an internship is nerve racking. You are thrown into a new situation that you are learning how to handle on your own. In the beginning of my internships, I would sit in the corner and just do everything I was told. I kept most of my ideas to myself because I always thought, “I’m just the intern, these people probably don’t even know my name, let alone care about what I have to say”. I just had such a stereotypical mindset of what an intern was, which really limited myself. At the end of my first internship, when it came time for my boss to evaluate me over the past semester, there was something he said that I will always remember. He said that I needed more confidence because I had great ideas. That wasn’t what I was expecting. In the beginning you’re always going to be hesitant because you’re the new guy and need to learn the ropes. But don’t let that go on forever. It is so important to allow yourself to open up and share thoughts and ideas because it allows you to grow as a person. Sure you can learn a lot by having people tell you what to do and how things work, but the best way to learn is to engage yourself.
This is one of the best things I could have ever learned and it changed me, not only professionally but as a person.
My two previous internships were at a small start up company and at a small agency so I was able to learn how to open up as I became closer to the people I was seeing every day. Now I’m at Brownstein Group, a large agency with well-known clients and it is pretty intimidating. I was not sure what to expect joining a new place with a different environment than I was used to. But while I’m here, I always think about when my previous boss told me to be confident and share my thoughts and I make sure to stay true to that. At BG, I get to go into client meetings a few times a week, which is something I have never done before. I will admit it is a little intimidating and there are times when I just sit there and take notes because I am not 100% sure what is going on, but whenever I get the chance, I try to speak up. No one will remember me if I am that intern sitting in the corner writing notes and I will never know if what I thought was helpful or sighting if I never shared it. I share my thoughts on a project and I always get great responses back and become part of the conversation. I was always scared that I would say something and they would look at me like, “why is she talking?” but that has never even been close to true. When you are confident and share your thoughts, they respect and appreciate that and I feel as if I’m one of them.
So overall, the most important thing I have learned that I know you will not learn in class is to not hold yourself back just because you’re the intern or the youngest one in the office. You will hold yourself back from learning and you won’t make a lasting impression just doing what you’re told rather than speaking up.

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Feeling like a Star

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.

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Sometimes All That Matters Is Who Likes You

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.

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The road to the top is full of trash and coffee.

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.

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Be Someone to Remember

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.

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Sky High Blue


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.

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Beyond the Job Description

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.

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Network Network Network


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.

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