by Adam Scherzer, Digital Media Intern
There are numerous thoughts that run through your mind when it comes to starting an internship. If you’re like me, you think of all the worst case scenarios. What if I mess up on the first day and they fire me? What if I am not qualified enough to handle all of the job title responsibilities? What if I trip when I walk in and everyone points and laughs? All of these hypotheticals came to mind before I started with Thruline two weeks ago.
However, my first couple of weeks have gone very smoothly. I have been surrounded by very welcoming and intelligent individuals. This made me completely forget about all of my negative thoughts. I step into the office every day knowing that I am in the right place. This idea is interesting to me because after I interviewed and accepted the position, I didn’t know how I would fit in with this company.
I did not know much about Thruline; I didn’t know what exactly they did or who they provided marketing services for. I had no experience in the position that I was about to step into and I had not interned anywhere else. I was afraid of what my supervisors would be expecting of me.
The crazy part about all of this is that those thoughts shouldn’t have even gone through my mind in the first place. Expectations for interns are not actually what they are made out to be. You are not expected to pick up client projects the first day. You are not expected to complete tasks flawlessly. You don’t do this for a living so your job is to learn the ropes. You are supposed to take lessons from your superiors because they are the ones that have experience and get paid the big bucks to do it every day. I know, who would have thought that these are the people that know what they’re doing?
You are going to be presented with learning opportunities each and every moment that you are in that office. It could be as important as how to deal with specific client tendencies or it could be as important as how to take notes in meetings. These little tips go a long way. You’ll remember the small things just as much as the big things because this is your first exposure to the real deal. This is your first time working in this type of environment and your directors are aware of that.
So, don’t shy away. When someone shows you how to do something, write it down. When someone invites you to sit in on a meeting, accept it. When someone explains something to you that you are still unsure of, ask questions. If there are opportunities to learn, take them.