Nidhi Yadav interned this summer with Femina Magazine as social-media & writer intern and recollects all the learning she had had there. Nidhi is a student at School of Liberal Studies. Read on and explore her tail of internship.
This experience story has been the hardest to write for me by far. In part, the challenge stems from trying to sum up months worth of experiences in just a few paragraphs. Well, here it goes…all the learning, exposure and fun that I had experienced this summer.
My internship at Femina Magazine has taught me more than I could have imagined. As the social-media/writer Intern, I feel my duties were diverse, and ever-changing. Sometimes, it’s tough to recall everything I have taken in over the past 2 a and half months, but I feel that these are some of the most beneficial lessons I have learned.
And what I’ve learnt?
• I’m not alone: Coming into this position, I felt that I had no idea where my career was going and I lacked confidence about what I could do and what I am really good at. My internship has definitely given me a better understanding of my skill set and where my career may take me, but most importantly, I’ve come to learn that I am not alone. This job has taught me that almost everybody is in my same position. Very few college students know what they want to do, and it is something that is simply not worth worrying about. Thanks to my mentor and colleagues, I know that if I continue to work hard things will fall into place.
• To keep writing: This was huge for me. I have always enjoyed writing, and always felt that I was pretty good at it. Yet, what this position taught me is that I really didn’t have the writing skills I thought I had. Writing takes practice and I simply was not practicing enough. Writing for the magazine and writing your average research paper could not be more different. I had to learn to adapt a new tone with my writing, something that took a little time getting used to. This position kept me writing something new every day, and I can say that my writing has improved drastically.
• How to behave in the office: This being my first position in an office atmosphere, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. The environment here at Femina is quite relaxed, yet it taught me how to behave in the workplace. Simply working in the office and getting used to everything here has definitely prepared me for whatever my next position may be. Just observing the everyday events has taught me more about teamwork, and how people can come together to get things done. Although sometimes I have to remind myself to use my inside voice, I feel I’ve adapted to the office life relatively well.
• How to build my résumé: Like I said, this internship has improved my skills a ton, both off paper and on paper. I didn’t realize it all of this time, but this position served not only as a positive learning experience, but a résumé builder as well. I came into this with a resume that was basically naked, now I am leaving and I have lots of updating to do. My résumé doesn’t need a makeover, it needs to be restarted from scratch, and that’s a good thing! I underestimated how much work I did that actually translates to my resume.
As I leave, I want to thank everyone there at Femina who has helped me out, and everyone who has been reading my story. This has truly been a great learning experience and I’ll be forever indebted to those who gave me a hand there. As far as your internship goes, remember to always be friendly, work hard, and ask questions. Always ask questions. Hopefully you come away from your internship with as much as I did.
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