Three Takeaways as an Intern So Far
Allow me to introduce myself:
I’m Zoey, Not An Echo. Creative’s intern.
Currently, I am a senior studying strategic public relations at the University of Northern Iowa. More than likely, you can find me at the nearest coffee shop studying, working on projects, or catching up with friends.
I’ve always taken the non-traditional route for just about everything, so when it came time to find an internship, NAEC stood out to me because of the flexibility, the drive to be different, and the uniquely individual experience we get to have with each client. I am passionate about being a storyteller, creating client relations, and above all, helping others. It turns out that empathy plus writing can be a superpower when it comes to branding.
With all that being said, my life as an intern so far has been filled with empowering moments, great conversations shared over coffee, real-life experiences, and tons of opportunities to learn.
In the short time I have been with NAEC, I have gained 3 super important takeaways:
Be. Honest. And. Transparent.
It is okay to admit that you are unsure about a topic that is being discussed. An internship is a place for you to learn. That means you don’t have to know everything. Your supervisor will expect you to know what you said you knew in the interviewing process, but they will also expect that you have plenty of room to grow in your knowledge library.
At the end of the day, you want to get the most out of your internship, so be honest and transparent. If something isn’t working, let your supervisor know. Nothing good comes from not communicating.
2. You will be uncomfortable, but no growth can be found in the comfort zone.
Maybe you’re dressed in clothes you’re not used to. Maybe the office chair doesn’t feel right. Or maybe, you are doing something that you believe to be way above your head. That’s okay– this is where confidence is built. It is easy to get comfy and cozy at school where you know if you study hard enough, you’ll pass. The working world is unpredictable and ever-changing, so you have to be adaptable! I have found that I have felt my best when I put myself out there and did tasks that made me uncomfortable.
3. Be proud of yourself.
Chances are you took a bet on yourself and you are out there absolutely winning. From the moment I applied for the internship, I was already taking a step in the right direction. It can be so intimidating to apply for a new position. I recognized I had something to be proud of when I put myself out there to begin with, and that is most definitely something to be proud of. My generation often overlooks our accomplishments. Be sure to remind yourself that you are killing the game and you are proud of yourself! We have to be our biggest fans, not our biggest critics. Once you acknowledge that you have something to be proud of, it will show in your work as well.
I would like to note that every internship is vastly different, and this is only my personal experience. No matter the internship, I believe there are always lessons to be learned. I am so thankful for this unique opportunity every day, and I’m only getting started. I cannot wait to see what the future of Not An Echo. Creative holds for me!
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