Shelby Emens's blog

Upon Reflection

With the semester coming to a close, the end of my internship is also fast approaching. Throughout the course of this semester, I have learned a variety of things from my internship experience. In general, I’ve learned even more about how to manage all my priorities, including but not limited to my internship, classwork, and job. Within the realms of my internship, I’ve learned how to work with information that I have already been provided and combine it with my own research and writing skills.

A Chance for Creativity

Now that the main content of my current project is completed and I have checked to make sure that the education requirements for my topic have been met, I am onto my next steps for revision. I have corresponded with my supervisor and gone through multiple draft for this project. The next step is to implicate questions and interactive components to make sure that teens that are participating in the lessons are actually learning and taking away what they should. It is a way to assess that students can apply the information that they have been being presented with.

Getting Organized

When working with so much research and previously obtained information, it been important for my internship for me to organize myself. When starting a new assignment provided by my supervisor, I have to write the piece using a specific set of guidelines. However, I am also able to incorporate my own variations of things. I am given research that has already been done and some copy that is already written for me to mold, incorporate, and interpret. Going through all of the research is probably the toughest part of the assignment.

Finding Someone Else's Voice

Writing for App to Succeed, there is a fairly large target audience. While the program is directed towards teens ages 16-19, it is important to take different things into consideration. For example, every teen’s financial background will be different and their background knowledge about personal finance will differ. So, the information needs to be presented in an interesting way to all parties involved and be applicable to everyone. Also, parents can see the information their child is receiving and there is even content more directed toward them.

Developing a Digital Portfolio

For my digital portfolio, I want to create a professional yet creative persona. I want to showcase my skills, experience, and work that I have already completed that best shows my capabilities and what I can bring to the table. Since my audience is future employers, I want my portfolio to be a great source for information, an excellent example of my writing capabilities, and a showcase for work I could be completing for them. I want to showcase my writing and technological skills.

Looking at LinkedIn

LinkedIn has become an incredibly powerful and useful resource when it comes to the job market and marketing yourself. Many employers not only look to see if their applicants have a LinkedIn, but they may even search for prospective candidates on the social media tool. Looking through all of the readings about the importance of LinkedIn and the strategies of using it was helpful because it made me look at my own profile and how improving it could be useful to me. There are certain sections of my profile I could make stronger, and even some that I didn’t necessarily think about adding.

Communication Hurdles

Having a virtual internship has its benefits and its difficulties. While I excel at managing myself and being organized, there is also a large learning curve and a need for excellent communication. When almost all correspondence is occurring through email, it can be challenging to keep track of all the information being passed along both ways. The past week or two at my internship have been a little challenging. When miscommunication is occurring, it can be hard to know what I need to be accomplishing and if I am on track or not. I learned this week that persistence and clarity are key.

Reading to Reality

The stages from the reading include Expectation, Disorientation, and Transition and Resolution. While an intern searching for an internship or is in the process for preparing for one already obtained, there is a certain level of idealizing and imagining what the person will be doing and what the internship will be like. When they actually begin the internship and enter the workplace, they enter the next stage of confusion. This occurs because they may not know their exact tasks or not fully understand yet where they fit into the organization.

First Project = Lots of Research

These first few weeks, I’ve been excited to be working on my first project for my virtual internship. Because the organization focuses on financial education, I was given the task to write about retirement. Something interesting that I learned is that there are national standards that need to be taken into account and followed when writing pieces for educational purposes. Because there are already drafts for certain content, I was able to get some ideas of what my supervisor was looking for and also glance over a table of contents for my section.

Virtual Internship with App to Succeed

App to Succeed is a company that desires to teach teens about personal financing and to educate them to be able to handle their own current and future financial affairs. Through an online program, teens will get relevant and useful information about all kinds of topics regarding financing in order for them to feel fully educated about the topic once they have completed the program.