Didn’t we all think jobs would go back to in-person by now? Well, I did, but that is certainly not the case. Yes, there comes both pros and cons to being in a virtual bubble, some even prefer the virtual world vs. the in-person world. As an outgoing, very conversational person, the virtual world has been very tough for me.
I have been given the great opportunity to intern at Brandshare, which is a Marketing Agency headquartered in New York City with a second office in Berwyn, PA. I have been working for the Berwyn office as a Client Success Intern since January 2021. During the duration of the internship, I was based in both Philadelphia, PA & Hershey, PA. With that said, if this internship was in-person, I do not think I could have be able to accept the position. Even the Berwyn office is about 40 minutes from Temple’s campus. The company had been working remotely since March 2020 prior to on-boarding me. With that said, the staff was used to this virtual world by now, when on the other hand, I was not. I did not let this challenge get into the way of my new internship. Luckily through the help of the team, I was exposed to new and exciting projects, while learning new skills along the way. This distracted me from the fact that the face-to-face interactions were absent.
Though I was enjoying my work and learning bits and pieces through trainings and calls, I still struggled mentally a lot with the fact that I was working remotely 15 hours a week. I felt out of place, considering this was already the “new norm” for the rest of the company. I was the only one not used to working remotely. Everyone was adjusted and had their workflows and schedules down. I, on the other hand, did not. It felt odd only talking to people at work in an occasional meeting or so. I was only able to meet my fellow team members in brief conversions via Zoom. This just did not feel like an actual work environment. As much as this social interactions were lacking because of this virtual bubble I was working in, I was still thoroughly enjoying my position as well as getting to know my co-workers along the way.
As I said before, my internship has been a great experience for me. I always felt supported and assisted by the team, which I feel is a must when being an intern. I have not only learned so much about the industry, but have learned so much about myself as well. I cannot wait to continue the connections and relationships I have made at Brandshare. If you also find yourself working a remote job or internship, here are some of my key takeaways:
Set Daily & Weekly Goals
This has been so beneficial to me in terms of keeping track of work I have done and work I still have to do. It allows me to stay on track and focussed through out the day. Rather then just doing assignments to do them, this is a more proactive way to work and typically allows me get a greater deal of work done. Without goals, it is easy to become unmotivated to work, especially in a remote setting.
I feel this can be pretty scary, but I promise it’s ok! It is so important to show your engagement with your internship, by asking questions, offering to work on a project, showing interest in a topic. Not only will your boss most likely be impressed, but they will be delighted that you are taking control in the situation. Going along with this idea, ask questions! If something is not making sense, or if something is really catching your eye, take the extra minute and ask a question. This could be a door to new projects, opportunities, or connections.
This goes hand-in-hand with my prior takeaway. There is nothing wrong with stepping outside of your comfort zone, whether that means asking for help, or asking for new projects to work on. As much as you are helping as an intern, it is their job to help you. With that, you may need to put yourself in an uncomfortable position from time to time. That is ok and normal! Your internship should be a learning experience you enjoy, so it is important to do everything you can in your power to make the most out of it.
Hopefully these tips help you with all your current and future endeavors. Good luck to all with the remainder of your internships!