This is a guest post from my current campus ambassador and former summer intern, Alyssa Allen. Alyssa attends the University of Kentucky and is a member of Kappa Delta.
My summer internship was with Intern Queen and it was a virtual position. I’m from a very small town so there aren’t a ton of opportunities and I didn’t have the money saved up to travel to LA or NYC to intern. I was a little hesitant at first because I wasn’t 100% sure what it would take to be a virtual intern. I was also really worried that because I had so little experience for my resume that I wouldn’t get picked. What if I have no idea what I’m doing? What if I am totally lost and can’t get ahold of anyone? What if I have to do cold calls? I was a little worried to say the least.
After my first call with Lauren and the three other interns, I felt so much better. Lauren explained to us that she would be there for us during our entire internship and to never be afraid to ask questions. The three other girls I interned with were amazing and extremely helpful. Even though we weren’t sitting in an office with each other we were still working together as a team and they were always there to help.
Of course, as an intern it’s destined that you will mess up. And I did. There would be times I would forget to CC Lauren, forget about a small project, underestimate how much time a project would take and end up spending extra time getting caught up. But by the end of the summer, I soon realized I was addicted to my internship. I would catch myself working on projects after my internship time for that day had ended. I was an “intern-a-holic!”
The entire experience taught me to never underestimate myself and to always be confident. There will always be people around to ask for help so there is no reason you can’t do this! Because I took that step forward and put myself out there, I met some amazing people and learned so much valuable information. Interning helps you network and learn real world experience but it also teaches you a lot about yourself. Choosing to spend my summer as a virtual intern was one of the best decisions I have made.