I did not run across many problems throughout the course of my internship. Yes, there were some minor set backs, but not anything that I would really consider a negative experience. However, there is one exception. In once case I had an issue with communication, and I can only assume the reason is because I am an intern.
I was working with a real estate agent aiding in his advertising needs, and had some ideas for new forms of advertising his business. One idea I brought to the table was posting an advertisement for his services on a real estate open house blog, run by a popular local magazine. I was asked to get all the information, and move forward with getting an ad placed. I immediately contacted the magazine, and was received very well. I sent an email to the address provided on the website since there was no phone number provided. In my first email I introduced myself, stated who I was working with, and asked for more information on what our advertising options were. I received an email back within a few hours, and was really encouraged by my initial interaction. After a few email exchanges, I was asked for my phone number and my title within the organization so an account manager could get in touch with me. I promptly responded, listing my title as “intern”. I did not hear back from the magazine for over three weeks, despite repeated contact attempts. Eventually I did receive a fairly unprofessional message that included a number to call back. I returned the phone call within a few hours, and have yet to hear back from the magazine.
While there are many different factors that could have lead to the sudden change in communication with the magazine, I am left wondering if this change was not caused by my title. The magazine seemed to be more interested in my business and working with me before they knew I was an intern, and not a full-time employee.