Six Weeks In: An Intern’s Experience
Posted: November 22, 2011
Most people begin posts about their internships with something like “I can’t believe it’s been X amount of time” or “It seems like just yesterday I started here.” Not me. It’s been 6 weeks since I started as a social media intern at VisionPoint Marketing and personally, the time has not flown past. On the contrary, it feels like I’ve been here for much longer than 6 months. And I love it.
Every day I feel like I am contributing to the business, whether it’s through my social media research or my up-keep of multiple social media channels. The work I do directly supports the rest of the team. I am managing projects, leading discussions and comfortably presenting opinions, trusting they will be given due consideration. And I love it.
I enjoy the perks of being an employee here through inclusion in staff meetings, brainstorms, the party planning committee, community service outings, inside jokes and team-building events. I consider my co-workers more like colleagues, with whom I share a mutual respect. And I love it.
Most importantly, I am learning while I work. From the beginning, I was asked what I wanted to get out of my internship instead of being told what I would be getting out of it. I am encouraged daily to learn more about the industry, develop my professional skill set and prepare myself for future career possibilities. When my internship ends, I hope to not only have real-world experience that showcases my strengths as a creative marketing professional, but also have industry contacts, friends and mentors who continually inspire me to become whatever I want to be and be the best. And I love it.
I’m really looking forward to the next 6 weeks here, including all the long days of work, all the learning opportunities, all the laughter and all the future success for VisionPoint Marketing. I can only hope that as the days continue to pass, I appreciate all of my moments here and as I am asked about my time at VisionPoint, I can confidently respond as I have been since the beginning: “I love it.”