For my birthday in April, my mom contacted her astrologer and had her read my solar return. I’m not normally into horoscopes and star charts, but I figured if nothing else it would be entertaining. During the reading, she made one prediction that stood out to me in particular. I was going to get an internship or part-time job for the summer, and as a result of my work over the summer, someone would notice my work ethic and hire me full-time for the fall.
Well guess what? As of September 1, this intern will become a full-time employee at Affect!
As a recent college graduate, I am both proud and relieved to have found employment in this down economy. I had a lot of people to thank for helping me get here, 795 to be exact. Besides calling my family, which was a given, I knew that the best way to spread the word was the same way that helped me get the internship: social media. My friends and former colleagues from all over now know about my new job from just one status update and one tweet.
I’m at the halfway point of my internship, and here are some of my key takeaways so far:
- It’s hard to transition to a new city and a new position because you start out from scratch and have to rebuild your credibility within the organization. Start off on the right foot and be ready to work.
- There is no such thing as a syllabus week in a PR internship.
- Teams are more important than the individual.
- Sometimes an innocent question at dinner can spark an in-depth discussion about Twitter philosophy.
As I look to the second half of my summer at Affect, I am excited to continue to learn all that I can before making the transition to full-time staff. Thank you to everyone who believed in me. I’ll do my best to keep making you all proud.