My biggest challenge so far in my internship has been the autonomy I’ve been given. Because my supervisor is flexible and wants to help me get the experience I need, I get to make a lot of decisions about how I move forward. I get to propose lots of ideas and implement them, and it’s making me a little nervous, if only because I’m used to a classroom setting with clear guidelines about what’s expected in each assignment. I’m used to getting criteria on the first mention of an assignment, rather than making it up as I go along.
How has your work changed since you first started? Have you been given more responsibility? Has your daily routine changed at all?
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.
I’m a little torn on the idea of working in SEO and digital marketing for the duration of a career. The most obvious advantage is that, since online presence is only becoming more relevant for businesses in this increasingly digital age, SEO seems to have relatively secure job prospects, especially compared to something as competitive as creative copywriting.
What new technology application did you learn to use?
Has this experience been a rewarding one for you? Why or why not?
As graduation comes closer each day, Cat and I have been preparing the training manual for anything the new interns might need. While the previous weeks had just been about updating old information such as passwords, this week I realized that there were a lot of new tasks that were not in the manual. It suddenly dawned on me that the job is not only currently changing, but has constantly been changing through time.
Something that I have noticed at my internship site is that I am often the first person to arrive. Due to the way that my class and work schedules are set up it is often easiest for me to go to my internship early in the morning. This means that my work day usually starts around eight in the morning at my internship, the time that the office opens. Often though, I am the only one there at 7:45. This is not really an issue when it comes to me having work to do. I usually get the lights turned, get my computer started up, and start working on projects that I already have.
As a quiet and relatively shy person, this internship has really forced me out of my comfort zone. The mere act of interviewing for this position was initially frightening, but now I’ve come to the point I’m regularly emailing and messaging strangers every day for interviews and other necessary correspondence. I’m amazed, and actually proud, at how far I’ve come in just three short months. However, all of my communication thus far has just taken place online; this week I will be interviewing someone for my article in person.
This reading was both insightful and reassuring for me. One of the biggest struggles I've had so far with my job is "knowing how to say it" in the way the organization has wanted me to. I've had to remake documents a few times and have been confronted about my wording, and in the end I've been having to have a lot of conversations about what is the right way. Because I generally write so personally and creatively, I always have a hard time trying to pull my voice out of texts, and this internship has definitely been a huge lesson on writing in the world.