If you are an intern, looking to be an intern, looking to progress from intern, or want to virtually intern. Welcome to The Intern Diaries.*
About me. I feel like interning is like when you buy the love of your life an Apple watch for Christmas and he gives you a coupon book that he made himself that’s good for “one free hug at anytime” and “one home cooked meal on a night of your choice.”
Though, as third year B.Communications student hoping to land a job at the end of the year, I’ve found myself an internship.The intern experience is minefield of awkwardness. Office meetings, team participation, trying to use a swipe card – these are all opportunities to make an ass out of yourself. Yet, opportunities I wanted to share with you.
8:30am: The content team Director meets me at the lift. She reminds me a bit of Tracy Grimshaw.
I meet the team who literally, could not care less.
9am: My first awkward encounter worth noting is in the kitchen.
If I try to grab the milk from the fridge and I end up having to say “excuse me” or “sorry” a minimum of eight times because I keep bumping adult strangers in pantsuits. It’s like a mosh pit, or trying to make a tea in a dollhouse kitchen.
We all have to take turns like we’re waiting in line at a deli. Though, in the line I meet Pete* who asks if I am the new Account Coordinator. “No, I am an intern.”
“You’re wasting your university Winter here?”
**awkward social workplace laughs
9:30am: My first job is to label online galleries. Which means to write the captions to sit underneath the photos that were taken at the ARIA’s last night. Things I am good at: Quoting Friends. Writing short form journalist pieces. Reciting the first and second verse of the Australian anthem. Things I am not good at: remembering the cast of Big Brother 2014.
Though this job is insignificant. I do have a small sense of satisfaction when I click, “go” and the gallery is live on the wide world web.
1:00pm: I sit in on the content teams WIP. This is actually interesting. Each writer here pumps out four pieces of content (articles to be posted online) by noon. Then they work on long form projects in the afternoon.
The sales team need some sales decks updated. “Do you know Powerpoint?” asks Tracy Grimshaw
Internal me: I am Generation Z. My umbilical cord was probably a 6S charger.
Real life meeting me: “Yeah, I can help.”
Afternoon: I spend my afternoon updating some audience numbers in some Powerpoint decks that live on a central drive. Also not too boring. The sales team use these powerpoints to sell advertising on the network.
- What I learnt:
Powerpoint is still a respected skill in the modern day workforce
99.99% of full time workers take their phones to the toilet with them.