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Lessons from My Internship

Veronica C. | June 10, 2011

This blog has been the hardest to write for me by far. In part, the challenge stems from trying to sum up months worth of experiences is just a few paragraphs. Even more challenging, this post marks the end of my internship here with Experience Inc. In the past few days, I have been preparing myself for my departure, all of the while brainstorming a blog that I could go out on. Well here goes…

My internship at Experience has taught me more than I could have imagined. As the Social Media/Web 2.0 Marketing Intern, I feel my duties were diverse, and ever-changing. Sometimes it’s tough to recall everything I have taken in over the past months, but I feel that these are some of the most beneficial lessons I have learned.

What I’ve Learned:

  • I’m not alone: Coming into this position, I felt that I had no idea where my career was going and I lacked confidence about what I could do and what I am really good at. My internship has definitely given me a better understanding of my skill set and where my career may take me, but most importantly, I’ve come to learn that I am not alone. This job has taught me that almost everybody is in my same position. Very few college students know what they want to do, and it is something that is simply not worth worrying about. Thanks to my I know that if I continue to work hard things will fall into place.

 

  • To keep writing: This was huge for me. I have always enjoyed writing, and always felt that I was pretty good at it. Yet, what this position taught me is that I really didn’t have the writing skills I thought I had. Writing takes practice and I simply was not practicing enough. Writing for the web and writing your average research paper could not be more different. I had to learn to adapt a new tone with my writing, something that took a little getting used to. This position kept me writing something new everyday, and I can say that my writing has improved drastically.

 

  • How to behave in the office: This being my first position in an office atmosphere, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. The environment here at Experience is quite relaxed, yet it taught me how to behave in the workplace. Simply working in the office and getting used to everything here has definitely prepared me for whatever my next position may be. Just observing the everyday events has taught me more about teamwork, and how people can come together to get things done. Although sometimes I have to remind myself to use my inside voice, I feel I’ve adapted to the office life relatively well.

 

  • How to build my resume: Like I said, this internship has improved my skills a ton, both off paper and on paper. I didn’t realize it all of this time, but this position served not only as a positive learning experience, but a resume builder as well. I came into this with a resume that was basically naked, now I am leaving and I have lots of updating to do. My resume doesn’t need a makeover, it needs to be restarted from scratch, and that’s a good thing! I underestimated how much work I did that actually translates to my resume.

 

As I leave, I want to thank anyone who has been reading my blogs, and I’d also like to thank everyone here at Experience who has helped me out. This has truly been a great learning experience and I’ll be forever indebted to those who gave me a hand here. As far as your internship goes, remember to always be friendly, work hard, and ask questions. Always ask questions. Hopefully you come away from your internship with as much as I did. Thanks everyone, and enjoy your summer!

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