The Internship Blog@Naz is an opportunity for second semester interns to reflect on their experiences at their internship sites. Please feel free to follow current students through their internship adventure or read about past interns below! For more information about the Internship Program at Nazareth College, please visit http://www.naz.edu/internships or contact Director of Internships, Emily Carpenter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As someone who recently started his second internship I can definitely understand the anxiety an internship can cause, especially the first day. After interning in Boston with a small investment firm last summer, this summer I will be a production intern in the Time Warner Cable Newsroom in Syracuse, NY. The job is a completely different opportunity for me and I am very fortunate and excited to have been given a chance to fill the role.
Yesterday, I officially started my position and even though I had previously been an intern somewhere, it certainly did not prevent me from being nervous to enter the newsroom. Nerves are natural, in fact they're a good thing because they remind us of how important an internship can be.
I walked into the newsroom feeling rather uncomfortable having no idea where to go and frantically searching for someone who knew who I was, or who could tell me where to go. Eventually, one of my supervisors found me and walked me into the newsroom I am working in. A newsroom is nothing like it appears on TV, there's so much more to it than many of us ever choose to think about. It was immediately apparent the plethora of skills I was going to be able to develop and enhance. I was in complete awe.
Once I was settled in the nerves started to dissipate, and soon enough they were completely gone. I started to understand what will be expected of me and everyone was very patient in guiding me through how to do things. For my position, I will be writing and editing scripts for news anchors and throughout the day I became more comfortable. If you're finding yourself unable to settle down that first day, my advice is to simply do your best. Everyone in the office knows you're an intern and will need instructions and guidance, and understands it will take time for you to get good at whatever your role may be. It's definitely nerve-racking at first, but with every minute you gain experience and the butterflies in your stomach will be gone before you know it.
Internships are opportunities. It's a chance to develop, to mature, and to envision whether or not that particular job could be in your future. The people who hire you see something in you, they see potential, and believe they can help you develop and prosper. In the end, walk into your first day as an intern with the confidence you were chosen to represent their company, because whether it's a paid position or unpaid position, no one hires a person they believe can't succeed.
From this entire experience at Mt. Hope, I've learned countless things about myself, my field, and what it means to be a part of the "real world". The people at Mt. Hope have given me tips and advice that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my academic career (where ever that may be!). I've learned a lot about what applying to grad school is really like, for example, how a lot of Ph.D. programs don't accept some the credits that you have earned through your Masters degree. I've learned that many of the Ph.D. programs prefer to enroll students who have had full time experience, and I've learned quite a bit about research.
From PATHS itself, I have gained insight into what it means to work with the inner city population in Rochester. While it is an extremely challenging job, and a challenging population to work with, it is rewarding. I enjoyed watching the youth grow throughout the program and enjoyed helping them find their own voice. It was exciting to watch some of the youth come out of their shell over time, for example, this one child really seemed to blossom through PATHS. At first he was extremely quiet, but now at the close of our session, he isn't afraid to speak up and express himself. PATHS has taught me how to not only be a counselor to the children but also how to be a friend and a teammate.
So where do I see myself in the next few years? To be honest, not really sure. The only thing I know is that I enjoy working with kids, and working to make their lives happy.
It was my choice to spend my whole birthday at work with all the amazing people at JWT New York. I could have taken a day off for myself, but I wanted to be there, being productive and spending time with people I like. I didn't have to think much about it. Being here feels natural to me, and I am not looking forward to leave.
That being said, I still have to leave soon. Nine weeks flew by so quickly, and I'm wrapping up everything next week. It is sad just thinking about leaving. I've had a great time, I've met great people, and I've worked on great projects. I've worked on TV commercials, web banners, new business pitch, brand research, direct marketing materials, activation event, and interactive experience. I've work on different brands in different categories and industries. The culture is so welcoming that I actually feel like I can stay and work here for a very long time. However, I'm excited to go back home to Naz and finish my senior year. This year is the most crucial year to my future career, and I am going to try to work hard and enjoy my time at Naz.
This internship at JWT has confirmed that advertising is definitely my favorite industry to work, and advertising in big cities is just what I want to do. New assignments and projects are still coming up, and I'm going to spend my last seven days working as hard as I can. I feel prepared for a job after college after this experience, and I've expanded not only my professional but also personal network. Some people that I met here in JWT are going to be my friends for a long time.
I am not going to say goodbye until I have to, but until then, I am still a part of this awesome office, and I'll keep doing my best until the day I leave.
After my three internships, I am pretty confident that I know quite a lot about internship searching. Here are some of my advice for future interns on when to start thinking about internships and how many internships you should aim for.
Most people say that you should start thinking about internships during your third year of college. The reason is because only upperclassmen are allowed to get academic credit for internships (in most colleges and universities.) Also, when you are a freshman or a sophomore, it is likely that most of the classes you take are general education classes and that you haven’t been exposed to many classes for your major. You may not have a lot of knowledge and skills required for a professional internship. It is also common for college students to change their majors during their first two years. Therefore, you should spend your first two years figuring out what you want to do in terms of jobs and careers, and start thinking about internships as soon as you know what you are interested in. You can start applying once you decide on your future career direction.
You should have as many internships as you want and as many as you can. I recommend getting two internships in different industries so that you can compare the distinctions. I planned
to have at least three internships before graduation (checked!). Remember, the more internships you have, the more competitive of a job applicant you become. There is no restriction on how many internships you are allowed to have, so as long as the experience is beneficial to your
career development, just go ahead and do it.
Also, take advantage of the resource that Naz offers to us. I've heard people complaining that they couldn't find an internship, only to find out later that they'd never been to the Internship office, or Career Services to get help. We have amazing people who are more than happy to guide you through your resume, cover letter, mock interviews and give you tons of advice. I always make sure that I visit the Internship office and Career Services at least once each semester!
I would highly reccommend finding an internship for your undergrad years. Not only is it a great way to gain some experience in the field you enjoy, it's also a great way to make connections with people who are in your field in a real world setting.
From this experience, I have learned a lot about youth and their development and how I can be a positive influence in their lives. I have gained experience in both the field of psychology as well as community youth development. It's been extremely beneficial to experience what my future career would be, or resemble, if I were to become an after school or summer camp counselor, or even a director in the future years. In addition to the experience, I have been able to meet with people who are in the same field as I am. I got a chance to meet with my supervisor on a personal level to discuss how she ended up at Mt. Hope, which degree she holds, what her previous jobs were, etc. I was able to talk with her about what my future could look like, and where I see myself headed after graduation. While I didn't come to set plan, I received some valuable advice on grad schools and careers.
Without an internship, I think that it's difficult to get a real word perspective on what people in your field do every single day. What better way than to not only work with these people, but to also talk with them on a regular basis? It's a great way to make connections outside of college, and sometimes even get your foot in the door at some organizations.
With my internshp coming to a close within the next few weeks, I can now reflect on my experience, which was very positive. I have always liked this station and I never thought I would ever be a part of it. I got to make things that made it on TV and I got to meet the anchors and meterologists that I have been watching since I was little. I learned a lot more about my work ethic and how much I want to learn new things. The field of TV is changing so often in ways that most people don't ever get to see. But I got a front row seat to this awesome field and got to learn about things that you aren't aware of just as a viewer.
The only time I ever thought about going into this field would be when I think about being a meteorologist, which is something I wanted to do since I was little but never made the decision to go to school for it. Now after working in production, I could see myself possibly doing something like this for a job because of the positive experience I had here. Now I am not necessarily qualified for a job like this, but I have learned a lot of stuff that could get me ahead of the game.
Addressing my academics, I would like to learn some things that aren't in my major. For example, I took a recording class that was more of an introduction and I would like to go deeper into that topic. Also, I would like to learn more about broadcasting cameras and the rules for framing and things like that. I want to make myself as versatile as possible to make myself stand out from everyone else out there.
My next steps: I am going to wrap up this internship on a good note, see if I can be at a live broadcast at the NYS Fair (which starts in a few weeks,) and get ready to take my senior year on strong. I am so glad that my internships prepared me for what is coming up after I graduate, which is now less than a year away. Working in this very professional environment helped me become a more functioning member of a team, something that is very useful in many jobs. I will miss this place and this was a pretty great summer.
In the words of the amazing broadcaster Walter Cronkite, "And that's the way it is."
My first internship found me in the spring of 2013 when I wasn’t even thinking about internships and my future. But it really put me in perspective of what I could possibly be doing for the rest of my life. So there is my first piece of advice: let your internship help you figure what the rest of your life could look like. If your internship is not what you thought it would be, learn from that and let it shape that vision of your future. Don’t reject the experience!
My next piece of advice comes from something I was told last week. I was told by my supervisor at my current internship at News Channel 9 Syracuse that he would consider hiring me because of a few things: I am always on time, always asking questions, and always engaged in what I am doing (even if it isn’t much.) That really meant a lot to me because my eagerness to learn new things set me apart from the other interns who were actually broadcasting majors. Also, I shouldn’t even have to say this, but always be early or on time. And it doesn’t matter how early your internship is, never look like you are tired or bored. Here is the second piece of advice: always be on time (or early,) always ask questions, and always be bright eyed and eager to learn.
Coming in third would be to have clear goals of what you would like to accomplish at your internship. This can be helped by the Learning Goals form that you are supposed to fill out near the start of your internship, but it is a really useful tool to shape your experience. For example, at this internship, I wrote down very specific things that I wanted to learn and when it was time for evaluations, we used my Learning Goals form to see if I had accomplished what I wanted to from the very beginning. I cannot stress enough how important having learning goals is!
Lastly, please please please make connections with the people you are working with. I love to talk and meet people, so here at the station I talk to the people I work with, ask how they are and stuff like that. I even got to have lunch one day with a meteorologist and producer at Panera, which was really cool because I love weather. If you use the three last pieces of advice I gave you, this fourth piece will be easier to do. I am wrapping up my internship here soon and I am so grateful for having these experiences. I also feel like I am a little bit more prepared to go out into the world after college.
Kaeleigh Beebe, a senior Music/Business major and a second semester intern
I've had a good amount of insights about the world of advertising from my three internships. After plenty of talks and discussions regarding career choices, job responsibilities and the industry, I have some time to reflect on myself and figure out my criteria for career satisfaction.
Being a designer (eventually art director) working in a creative industry, of course creativity is one of the most important things for me. I should be able to use my ability to make great things, whether it's a print ad, a mobile app or an advertising activation. I seek for recognition of my capabilities, so I'll work hard to create award-winning campaigns. However, the most satisfying job is to create an ad campaign that positively affect and inspire people, and that's the best award you can get.
Another criterion for career success is that I can work in a culture that fits my personality. No matter if it's a small or a big company, I want to work with people who are open-minded, supportive, and know how to dream big. I'll be spending a lot of my time with them, so hopefully they'll enjoy working with me too. I want to work in a fun place where I can be myself, do great work and get inspired by like-minded co-workers. Right now, my internship at JWT has proven to have a culture that I really like.
Although I am a very career-oriented person, family and friends are big parts of my life too. In my ideal job, I'll work hard but I'll be able to balance between work and life. I'll still have time for my family and friends, and hopefully a little free time for my hobbies. Until I get to that point, I won't be satisfied with any job.
As far as criteria for my career satisfaction, I suppose I don't really have too much. However, I do think that regular feedback and meetings with my coworkers/supervisors is a must. At Mt. Hope, I've found that meeting with both my co workers (my co- counselors) as well as my supervisors has allowed for not only satisfaction, but also my success. Understanding what I'm doing well with, and what I need improvement on is extremely beneficial because then I know what I need to work on and what I've done well with. It provides me with a great support system both with my supervisor and my co workers.
Specific to PATHS, I've found our weekly meetings with my group and our supervisors to be extremely rewarding. We are able to discuss some concerns we have each week, as well as celebrate the strides that our group as a whole is making. For example, this week we celebrated the success of our lessons. We made sand foam, and the youth really seemed to enjoy it. Other times, we discuss improvements that we as counselors need to work on. For example, providing more options for the youth who need some extra sensory things while participating in group discussions.
My criterion for success is not a new realization for me, I think I've known that about myself for quite some time. Maybe since I started working with Mt. Hope back in January. Building relationships with my supervisors and coworkers is really a positive aspect for me because it reminds me that we're a team, and they're there for support and direction.
This is a topic that I have been thinking about for a while. Everyone wants a job that they like and that makes them happy; everyone has that dream job that fits right in with their dream life. I have had so many dream jobs in my life (started out wanting to be a dog or a traffic light,) but now comes the time where I actually go out and get a real job. So here is my checklist for future career satisfaction:
Creativity: I like to think I have some good ideas so I’d like a job that lets me show that off.
Independent + team work: I like to work by myself but I also like collaborating with others to make an awesome finished project.
Believing in the company culture: This is something that I have learned from working at Panera. I believe in our company culture and values, which makes me more connected to my job and makes me like it more.
Deadlines: This is a weird one. I need deadlines to finish work because it gives me structure and keeps me going. I don’t always like things that are open-ended because sometimes I will get sidetracked by other things or almost forget about them. Deadlines are good for me.
Comfortable environment: This plays into the company culture point because if I believe in the company culture, I will be more comfortable in that place. But this also goes for not being in a huge room with a ton of cubicles and flickering florescent lights. That’s my nightmare.
There are some more, but that’s good for now. These are things that I have had on my mind for a bit but #2 is something that I have realized also being at News Channel 9. I like that they are “the local station” because this city is my home and this is a station I have been watching my whole life. (I also have been meeting the anchors and meteorologists at The State Fair since I was little.) Using these points, I hope to find a job that can at least do some of those things; that would be the best.