How did you make a meaningful contribution to your workplace?
During my time so far at internship, I feel I have contributed when it comes to outreach for brands, and given a more youthful insight on certain topics, although they're all young themselves. I feel like more than anything, my colleagues have taught me much more and contributed to my education than I could ever do towards the business or the brands they work with. I feel that the different pieces of my internship project also benefits the business.
How did your project go from an idea or inspiration to a final product?
Firstly, I knew I wanted to work on some sort of content creation, but was also open to learning new things about the business, which meant taking on tasks that I didn't expect prior. I ended up doing a lot of community management and outreach, learning the voice and tone of a brand to display to a public audience through comments, likes, and overall recognition. As I began at internship, I realized how many terms and words I didn't understand. At first I would simply ask, log it in my mind, and move on. Then I came up with the simple idea of creating a vocabulary list for all of the terms and words I learned from internship. This ended up being one of four of my products. My next product is the mission statement for Social Supply Company. During my mentor interview, I learned that they didn't previously have a mission statement and offered my assistance in facilitating the discussion around it and helping to create it. We ended up having a team meeting where I presented different drafts, got feedback, and got the final statement from Reis. I am hoping for it to soon be displayed on their website as a finalization of the product. My third product is an analytics report which will be conducted for the month of May on a specific brand. I will be shadowing Katie and working alongside her in creating the report and sending it out to the brand. This product is not yet completed. Lastly, for my fourth and final product, I will be creating a small portfolio containing product photography in different styles and forms. I will be working with Tali to complete this product, and will hopefully be completed with this specific product by Monday of next week at the latest.
What did you learn about your own work from your internship project?
I learned that I am prone towards procrastination, that my work can fall short very easily, and that consistency is difficult for me. I am aware these are all things I need to improve on, and feel that the improvement would furthermore have a large impact on my learning and working experience. It can be difficult for me to find pride in my work sometimes because it can so easily seem unimportant and mundane in my mind, but I think my optimism and positive thinking has began to control the negative attitude that could be developed towards the work that is done. However, I also learned good things, such as that I'm a very well rounded person and am interested in multiple facets of a business, not just one set task.
What new appreciations did you develop while working as an intern? Why?
I learned how to appreciate what you learn while you are surrounded by people older and more experienced than you. I think I take this for granted at school because it's such a common atmosphere, but once I was placed into a temporary position where I had a month to learn all I could, I took advantage of the opportunity and soaked it all up. I pushed to get to know every side of the business, and ended up making multiple products surrounding those different sides. I think through paying attention, asking questions, and advocating for yourself to want to learn, you can be so successful through internship.
What qualities or characteristics did you see in the people around you that you want to develop in yourself? Why?
I could see how many of my colleagues were very relaxed and still focused on their work, getting what had to get done accomplished, while still being able to joke around and have fun. I love the idea that there is so much humor and laughter exuding from my colleagues. They are positive yet real, not holding back if something bugs them or isn't working.
How did your view of life beyond high school change or develop during your time as an intern? How might internship influence the direction of your life?
I feel like I was able to understand more of what led Reis and others to where they are now, both through them explaining their education and experience. I now know that you don't need to major in the exact topic you plan to work in later on, as long as you have something that can be applied to it if needed. I think a lot of my goals will stay the same, but I also have a clearer idea of what tangible work needs to go into creating a small business, doing content creation, being a part of this type of business, and growing a brand or business.
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.