How have you advocated for yourself during your internship, or seen advocacy demonstrated in other situations?
I have advocated for myself during internship in one very important way: asking questions. I feel that every time I advocate for myself, it has been through a question, whether it be asking about how to respond to a customer or asking one of my co-workers to help me learn something. One example would be when I asked Katie, one of my co-workers, if she could explain to me the analytics reports that she and other office members do for the clients they work with. It was very eye-opening and allowed me to learn more about the company as well as general analytics reports and data collection. Since I was able to speak up and ask about it, I will soon be learning from her and helping her with the next analytics report for May. This will just be one facet of my internship project, as I will be doing multiple mini-projects to present.
I have also seen advocacy demonstrated in the weekly meetings that the office has. We will speak about whatever the upcoming week has in store for us, as well as if anyone needs help or collaboration on anything. We will also talk about what knowledge can be shared, and I was able to talk about an app that they wanted me to research about. Other office members also shared what they were learning or doing, and there was collaboration to help Madison find meme ideas for a client.
Are you following the advice in "How to be an intern everyone remembers"? If so, how is it working out? If not, what are you going to start doing?
I completely forgot that existed, so I haven't been going directly to it for advice or direction. I might as well start looking at it, as it might have valuable tips I didn't think of by myself. However, I think I've been doing a decent job without the help of the advice (although I'm sure a bit of advice wouldn't hurt to make me a better intern). I have been asking a lot of questions, self-advocating, have written professional notes and emails, have been kind to everyone I am working with, and have diligently done whatever work was handed over to me.
After a quick look at the document, I feel I've done a good job at always doing something, bringing a computer or some type of note-taking tool into meetings and check-ins, and showing up on time or early. I think some tips I can work on or begin doing would be to get to know my colleagues better by knowing what they are responsible for and how I can help, even writing it in a notebook or document to remember. I can also begin dressing more professionally, as I fell into the general dress code of the office, which is pretty relaxed. Since I am a teenager, it can make me personally look less professional, so I will begin upping my style and professionalism for the workplace.
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.