The most exciting thing to happen this semester was landing my internship with the Brownstein Group. It’s been an agency I’ve followed throughout my advertising career at Temple, and when the opportunity to apply for an internship arose I knew I had to get my foot in the door. This is my last semester as a Temple student, and I’ll be graduating in May. As nerve-wracking as it is, I’m equally as excited for what lies ahead and can’t wait to see what the future unfolds, having been able to start my journey in Philadelphia.
Applying for internships is daunting, especially in this climate. My best advice is to be persistent. It can be scary and the fear of rejection is real, but it’s something we all experience and can grow from. Before landing my internship with Brownstein, I sent an application to 12 different advertising and marketing agencies and only heard back from a few. The interviewing process was entirely online, and this is where it’s important to stay enthusiastic, even through a call. It’s harder to make an impression when you’re not face to face, but don’t hesitate to show off your personality and find things you and your interviewer can both connect on.
I joined Brownstein’s social media team in February as one of three social interns and on the first day, I was met with warm welcomes. After being briefed on what my responsibilities as an intern were, I spent the next few days sitting in on calls, familiarizing myself with our clients, and most importantly, learning at my own pace. Remote work is a lot different from being in the office, and your only form of communication is through email and scheduled zoom calls. It can be tricky, especially with the many distractions of being home (like how cute your pets look), but it’s important to prioritize. Learn how to manage your time well, and work at a pace that aligns with your needs. When you’re stuck, communicate with your team. Emails aren’t as scary as you think!
Now that the internship is coming to an end, I’m extremely grateful to have been given this opportunity to learn from Brownstein’s social department. I feel more confident having this experience under my belt, and I’m ready for my next challenge: graduating.