What skills have you gained? Any important lessons you’ve learned?
Through my time with Canon I developed as a person and a professional. I spent the summer in a foreign city only knowing a handful of people ahead of time and left with contacts, lifelong friends, and new found favorite brunch spots.
Through my program I was able to gain real life exposure to social media planning, campaign creation, corporate application, and ground up project planning to completion. I found that I really enjoy working in an office and like structured work. I feel much more comfortable graduating now with a major in Political Science and Communication, because these are two things that I feel very passionate about and am excited to see where I end up after graduation, especially now that I’ve completed an internship in both areas of interest.
How has the internship impacted your career path?
The biggest lesson I learned over my internship was don’t be afraid to speak up about your ideas and boast about yourself (when warranted). From day one I was included in on meetings and asked my opinion. As a millennial my opinion is valued, companies are taping in to us and creating business moves to satisfy us as a marketable consumer and prospective employee. When they ask what you think, it’s ok to say your true feelings, just be sure to convey them professionally! As I was preparing for my final presentations I was encouraged by my co-workers to boast the accomplishments I had achieved this summer. It takes a lot of time and work to start a twitter campaign from the ground up, creating all the images and setting up copy. When given the opportunity it’s alright to show exactly what you’ve done. Be proud of your work!
What advice would you give to other students?
For my fellow students, don’t be afraid to try something new. It’s okay to step out of your comfort zone and do things that aren’t your norm. Moving to New York was scary (and dirty). But as I’m packing up my things and cleaning out my desk I realize I found much more of myself in this city. I’m much more open minded, there is so much culture in the city and so many experiences to broaden and enrich your life. Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith. Now is the time we can be bounce back. It’s ok to take risks and see what you like. Go. Stop making excuses. Do. Pack your bags and do what you love. The only person stopping you is yourself, you are capable of anything you put your mind to.