Do you see this face? This is the face of a really happy intern. When I initially accepted the position, I was afraid I had made the wrong decision. You see, I’ve always told myself I was going to consistently work in-house for technology/engineering companies and maybe intern once for an agency/firm senior year before graduating, just to say I had that “experience.” However, when I saw the opening for this particular firm, I knew I wanted it. For one, the manager is a fellow University of Texas Longhorn and she’s been my mentor since the beginning of my freshman year, so I guess you could say I was a bit biased. At the end of my various interviews, I turned down the up and coming medium-sized tech giant for the boutique marketing and communications agency.
I kept telling myself that I knew what it was like to be an aspiring public relations professional, but in reality, I didn’t. I didn’t know what it was like to have to adapt to several clients and wear different hats within the course of just a day; I didn’t know the foundations that would lead to success within the industry. In the past two days alone, I have learned more about media research, Cision, press release writing, and juggling different accounts than I ever thought I would. If the past two days are any indication for the rest of the semester, I am beyond excited.
Coming back early just to start my internship was worth it. Here’s to a wonderful semester of learning and discovery.