For the internship journal, write about what strikes you.
I just can't get over how relaxed the place is, and how much everyone does. As I get more comfortable around everyone and in the work space, I gradually gain more and more tasks and clients to do community management and outreach for. I greatly appreciate every addition to my schedule, but I'm beginning to realize how important time management and having a plan is towards getting work done in a timely and calm manner. I've also realized how procrastination can NOT exist in the workplace, which makes sense because people are paying you to get your work done. However, it's also very much encouraged to be a no-stress environment. They have couches, coloring books, comfortable chairs, a kitchen and conference room to do separate calls, and overall a really comforting and relaxed personality in the office. There is no hovering, and they instead follow the motto of "as long as you get your work done I won't be annoying you."
What questions do you have about your internship?
I have very few questions about my internship, and the only one I can think of would be, "How much do you guys make?" However, I know it's extremely rude to blatantly ask someone how much money they get from their job, especially when they're literally on the job.
What connections can you make between this internship and what you've done in school?
I've realized that a lot of the bad habits I have in school will really affect me in the workplace. Procrastination and laziness are constantly biting at my ankles, but because I want to be a viable intern and not fall behind on important work, and it isn't just my name on the line, I keep pushing and do the work I need to get done. I also thought there would be no homework, but I think I'm sadly wrong. It's very similar to our school however, where you don't always have specific worksheets to finish at home, but if you start a project and it needs to get done before the next day, you have to work at home to complete it. That's very similar to what my job is becoming, since I can only stay until 3:00 pm most days and have a lot to get done.
Has anything happened that's worth telling us about? Funny stories?
On Wednesday, the office was a little bit hyper and less productive -- either that or they all just got work done early, which is more likely the case -- and everyone was talking, making jokes, and throwing around roasts. Eventually, it turned into a figurative King of The Rock situation where everyone would give their best roast to someone and they would fight back. It was all obviously a joke, nothing rude was said, and everyone was so giddy with laughter. I couldn't help but stop and watch this all go down. Then one of the women working here jumped on her chair -- which is about the same height as her when she's standing -- and somehow managed to sit in the opposite direction that you usually would for a chair. Basically the same pose as Ariana Grande's My Everything album cover, but on a really tall office chair facing the back of the chair, feet dangling off of the front. Anyway, she begins spinning around, and at this point I think the whole office is in a weird Friday mood on a Wednesday, but I couldn't care less. This joking and giddy mannerism lasted for the rest of the day, and although it isn't an everyday thing, it was super funny and gave a lightened mood to the office.
What have you learned about your organization's mission and purpose?
The interesting thing about this company is that they actually don't have a mission statement of their own. They work with other brands so much, and a large part of their goal is expanding the brand's identity so it's recognizable and memorable, but they don't have their own mission statement for their own brand. However, when I interviewed Reis -- as you can see if you click the button below -- he seemed keen to the idea of letting me create their mission statement, and it seemed that he had a mission statement in his head that explained what the company's purpose and job is, and who they are for.
What new skills are you developing (or will you need to develop) for this internship?
I think I am becoming more personable and even more social, but am also learning when it's time to be social and when it's time for work. I have also been working hard on self advocacy because if I don't ask a question or get stuck on something, it's my duty to reach out to someone and ask or get help. I have pushed myself to speak up when the room is quiet to ask a question, and not to shy away from a challenge.
How are you getting to and from internship? What is it like to be commuting?
My commute is actually very easy considering my internship is just ten minutes away from my house, and is right off of the freeway. Basically, I take the 78 West, then the I-5 South. It's right in the heart of Carlsbad, so it's a really fun place too. There's never too bad of traffic, and I can drive myself with my own car, so it's not difficult or out of the way for anyone else. I also don't have to set up a carpool or anything which is nice. It gives me a new sense of independence when commuting from home to work to then play practice or college class because I really am in charge of my life and don't have to depend on anyone else to get me places. It's really freeing and makes this whole experience even more of a growing one.
A month long course that allows the student intern to gain experience in the work environment of their choice, as well as complete a project while collaborating with their mentor.