This blog post was written by Campus Programs Manager Shayna Dunitz.
Almost two years ago, I was contemplating writing a blog about how similar finding a job and finding a boyfriend were, as I was unemployed and single. The searching, the waiting for the right one, the friends and family that mean well but just don’t quite know what you’re looking for, the interviews (dates), and wondering why on earth nobody wanted (to hire) you… uncanny, right? Well, here I am, two years later, leaving my very first job and thinking, “wow… this is almost like a breakup!” Leaving a relationship that works well enough because it’s not what you want anymore…. leaving an amazing job that taught you so much because it’s time for a new adventure. They both give you that same stomachachey feeling because leaving familiar things is scary, even when you know you it’s right. BUT, I firmly believe that this is where the good stuff happens, where you grow.
So where am I headed with this? As some of you may know, today, August 7th, is my last day as the InternQueen.com Campus Programs Manager. I’ll be taking my talents to Austin, TX next week to freelance and flex my brain muscles a bit before settling back into a new full-time gig. I’ve sent out my goodbye emails to our Campus Ambassadors, our clients, and our partners, but it didn’t feel right to leave without posting something public; we’re into #behindthescenes here. It’s been a wild ride for the last year and a half as I navigated my way, mostly successfully, through my first full-time job and I couldn’t have had a better start than with Lauren and the Intern Queen team. Below I share my 5 favorite things about working here:
- Responsibility. My job title is Campus Programs Manager. My first job, right out of college, and I’m a manager, and this isn’t just a title. I’ve led calls with top executives from companies like Ford Motor Company, Dell, Macy’s, GNC, and more. I’ve coordinated multiple marketing campaigns for our clients with upwards of 150 students at once, while keeping our own Campus Ambassador program thriving. I’ve worked with a small team of part-time employees and interns to make all that happen. The responsibilities I’ve had with Intern Queen were huge, and so is Lauren’s trust in me.
- Transparency. Personally, I’m pretty open and honest. I like to lay everything out on the table in my relationships and friendships, and it’s worked out well. One of the things I truly value about Intern Queen is the transparency among our team. I know just about everything about how our company works and I believe that’s empowered me as an employee. Lauren doesn’t hide the tough stuff and instead provides opportunities for us to problem-solve creatively in ways we might not have had to otherwise.
- Opportunity. I really can’t even say enough about the opportunities that I’ve had, and know that I’ll continue to have, as a result of this role. I’ve networked with SO many fantastic people (that I will stay in touch with 3x/year at least) and have even been asked to lead panels and present workshops on behalf of, and because of my role with, Intern Queen. Additionally, the extensive managerial experience I’ve gained here will surely be opening doors for me for the rest of my career.
- Mentorship. Can you imagine anything better for your career than working for… a career expert? NOPE. Lauren has been more than a boss to me, she’s been a mentor. I’ve developed so much professionally, from my internship with InternQueen.com during Junior year, to this position now, and I’ve learned more than just program management – I’ve learned how to be a professional. Though I know Lauren is sad to see me go, I also know that I can call/text/email/SnapChat her at any time with a question or concern about my career and she’ll help me in a heartbeat.
- Family. If you’ve followed Intern Queen for more than a week, you’ve probably seen us refer to our #InternQueenFamily at least once, and that’s because they’re arguably the most important people to our brand, and to us as individuals. Our #InternQueenFamily is made up of our small team of interns and employees, all the amazing students who serve as our Campus and Alumni Ambassadors (who I worked closely with during my time here), as well as the ever-growing network of brands, clients, partners, students, entrepreneurs, etc. that we work closely with. We’re more than a team, more than a brand – we’re a family, and I couldn’t have asked for a better family to start my career with.