In my personal opinion, being an intern is harder than being an actual employee. Be it for credit, for pay or simply for a letter of recommendation, impressing your supervisor is essential to feeling you have your job 100%. While at DBC, one particular accomplishment stands out.
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It’s an essential end to every internship or job to ask your boss for a letter of recommendation. This task seems simple in concept, but in actuality it can turn into something that makes you question yourself.
It’s been a tough road for me to travel on the quest for references. I’ve transferred schools, which disrupts ties with professors, and I’ve jumped around a lot through short internships. These things hinder getting a good reference letter. Why? Because your boss or supervisor needs to get to know you in order to write something good about you!
I’ve had bosses and professors tell me quite often that they are too busy to write me a reference or that they frankly don’t know me well enough to write anything about me. These problems can be solved in a few easy steps:
1. Be Outgoing- even if you’re not a peppy soul, do your best and make an effort to get to know those around you. Those short conversations during your lunch break matter 10 times more than the work you produce. This goes for professors too. Try to participate in class or, it you’re not comfortable with that, speak to them during their office hours and share a little bit of yourself with them. It means a lot to them and you’ll reap the benefits once they can give you a good reference!
2. Appearances- despite that we would like to believe, appearance is all that matters. If you look like you are succeeding, then your boss/professor probably thinks you are. Dress for success and leave that cell phone in your backpack! If you look and act professional, your superiors will have a better attitude towards you and respect you more.
AU’s Students for Tibet has been celebrating 10 days for Tibet since March 31st. I’ve been pretty busy with planning for this event, and I apologize for neglecting this blog. I don’t want to use this space to advertise for 10 Days, but I do want to let you know about Machik’s event on Monday, April 9th from 3-4:30PM in SIS Founder’s Room. If you really want to learn about Machik, you gotta go to the source. Losang Rabgey IS Machik. If you cut her, she would bleed Machik.
After a lot of confusion, stress, and heart-to-hearts with various friends and family members, I declared my major at the end of last semester. I decided to set my sights on a B.S. in Economics. I really enjoy learning about economics and the information is so relevant to every day life, so I figured that it would be a good fit for me. Plus, I’ve always secretly wanted to be a high-powered CFO and this track could lead me in the right direction.
I should probably mention that I seriously considered a broad range of other subjects before settling on economics. These include, but are not limited to, anthropology, psychology, biology, and business administration. To say the least, I’m a little bit indecisive. To make it worse, I have no idea what I want to do with my life. Declaring my major, I thought, would put me one step closer to figuring it out. At the beginning of this semester, I was beyond excited to start my internship and, hopefully, really enjoy my work.
Internships give you a real-life experience. You may not be doing really intense work, but working in the same office as people with power, waking up early, and being in a professional setting make any internship a valuable experience. You learn so much, about the work and about yourself. At my internship, I’ve realized that this really isn’t something that I would want to do for the rest of my life. I’m not really interested in working at a desk or in front of a computer every day and I really don’t like math very much. These are realizations that, sure, may put me back a little further while figuring out what I want to do, but make me a little more confident that what I end up doing will be the best for me. This internship is a great experience for me and I truly value the opportunity. Maybe it will help me find what I really do like to do. Fingers crossed.
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As the semester winds down, I am forced to look into my future plans. While I have greatly enjoyed every minute of interning for Riot Act, I will not be able to work with them next semester due to my schedule. Regardless, I will maintain contact with them because of the wonderful team I worked with and because they can help me when I graduate. Even though I have decided I probably would be happiest at a PR Agency, it doesn’t make my connection to Riot Act any less important. I know that if they ever have a lead or a contact, they will let me know. They also worked fairly close with me, and if and when I need a reference, they are the first people I will call. Maintaining connections takes work. I will stay in contact by email, but I also plan on dropping by Riot Act at least once a month: to catch a show, get lunch, or simply say hello. Life moves fast and people come in and out of that building everyday. It is my job as the intern to make the effort, not the other way around. My thank you card was only the beginning of the appreciation I plan on showing the people at Riot Act. Whatever does happen in my future, I want to be able to thank Riot Act for preparing me for what lies ahead. So, thank you Riot Act. It’s been wonderful.
I landed the internship.. now what?
My first day at Legacy was a total blur. The HR department led the interns in a short orientation program, toured us around the building, and then we started our day as official interns. My supervisor and I talked about my goals for the semester and what I expected to get out of the internship. I thought this was a valuable step that all interns should take. It is not only about what the company expects of you, but what you want to happen throughout the course of the semester. In order to integrate quickly, I jumped right into doing real projects! I felt like I dove in and got lost in a sea of media clipping, photo collages, and press releases. Some people might have felt nervous, but I was filled with excitement. The day went by so quickly that I looked up and realized it was 4pm and I only had an hour left. It was such an incredible feeling to leave that day, after only having worked for 8 hours, and feeling like I had accomplished a lot.
I have now been with the company for a couple months and I leave almost every day feeling this way. I appreciate being with this company because I feel like I have the opportunity to grow and learn every time I walk into the office. I hope that you all will be able to find internships that make you feel this way too!