For me, before I started my internship here at HMA Public Relations, multiple stereotypes and questions came to mind when I heard the term “intern.” Visuals of crazed college students striving to earn brownie points with their employers, making mad-dash trips to Starbucks for co-workers and pretending to know much, much more then they in reality do. Yes, this is how I viewed the life of an intern before I joined the HMA Public Relations team here in Phoenix.
Yet, one intern stereotype remains true for me… Yes indeed, I am one of THOSE students that rushed at the opportunity to delve into my field as a summer intern as soon as I could- being a firm believer that one only completely understands something when they practice it and grow. Ergo, I was determined to know all I could before working in the professional world of public relations, and I was not about to stop until I found the perfect internship experience- even if it meant having to fulfill some of those sad stereotypes I had constructed in my naïve mind.
Now, having completed a couples weeks here at HMA, I realize that those stereotypes I had were either from a faint memory of a semi-depressing film OR a colleagues’ rare, poor experience at a not-so-fabulous agency. During the short course of being an intern at this professional agency, I have seen that:
-You are, and should be treated as an adult, even though this is a learning process.
-Asking questions is certainly NOT frowned upon, in fact, EVERYONE in the office asks questions! I know, shocking, right?
-In the wise words of Stephanie Lough: “Your computer is your best friend, so nurture it”-even if it drives you to the reaches of frustration.
-Time management is crucial (and is not always easily practiced in this kid’s life 🙂
And most importantly …
-You get to decide when you eat lunch!!
Although this list is simple and in good fun, it is true and the creative possibilities are endless! Through the jobs I have had over the past several years, I have experienced: retail, hospitality, food service, happy people, angry people, triumph and struggle. And every time, my presumptions about the experiences are as distant as I can imagine. However, this internship is proving to be the farthest from my preconceived notions and worries and I am so grateful that it is. Although job positions/internships may present other, unforeseen obstacles and subtleties along the way, you are always more equipped than you may realize. Determination, my friends, is the key to success.
So before I say adieu for today, I recommend all aspiring professionals to get out there and achieve experience however possible and however clichéd, you never know what you will learn about your chosen field-stereotypes aside of course! I am truly honored to be the HMA intern this summer and I cannot wait to practice and grow in the wonderful field that is public relations.