This blog is written by Intern Queen Campus Ambassador, Vanessa, who currently interns with Aarrow Advertising in San Diego, California. Vanessa attends San Diego Mesa College and is an International Relations major.
Internships are appealing because they add valuable experience to your resume and give you an outlook of how your future career is going to be like. But we must not forget that they are first and foremost a learning experience. There are instances that cannot be recounted on a resume but that we will remember forever because they made a significant impression on our personalities.
While interning at an Advertising company in California, I can honestly say that during my time at the office there have been cases where I have been severely humbled or extremely flattered. I realize that the spectrum is very broad between humbled and flattered and I think that the reason for this is mainly because of personal misconceptions.
Like most aspiring young professionals out there I may have thought myself an expert at certain things and when the time came to prove it I discovered that, no matter how many times I’ve done something before, I need to approach every task carefully and attentively, otherwise I may have to end up doing it all over again, which is a waste of time for everyone. One day I may be working on a national advertising campaign for a big brand and the other helping with the office flow and organization (meaning throwing out the old office supplies or cleaning the whiteboards). All assignments deserve the same respect.
Recently, I’ve been given a couple of tasks that I’d never thought I’d do because they seemed way beyond my level of expertise. When they asked me to help out with an Amortization Schedule (that sounds a lot scarier than it actually is) I was trying so hard to make up for the fact that I thought I didn’t know what I was doing, that halfway through I realized that what they were really asking me to do was actually a lot simpler than what I was trying to accomplish. The fact that I went to them with my concerns about the accuracy of the project showed them that I’m always invested in the tasks they assign, even if I was overextending myself a little bit. It turned out I was doing exactly what they wanted. I now know that the trick lies in trusting the skills you already know you have, no more, no less. If you don’t know how to do something, it’s not the end of the world, an unpaid intern has the advantage of being able to ask their superiors for specific instructions and advice, as opposed to someone who was hired because of their supposed experience. Asking is never a bad move (unless you do it at a bad time), it shows you care about how things work and are curious enough about their company to want to live up to their expectations. When some of the people at the office started asking for my opinion, even if the matter was minuscule, I knew I was doing something right.
I’m extremely lucky to be working with such talented, and above all, nice people. I somehow know that at my next internship I will not find such comprehensive individuals who are genuinely interested in my education like the ones at my first internship. I’m happy to work hard for these people, and I would encourage everyone to apply to become part of our team. The name of the company is Aarrow Advertising, we are the world famous Sign Spinners (you know, those guys who do the crazy tricks out on the street corners!). I’m an intern at the Corporate Office in San Diego but we have over 50 franchises over the country (and some abroad too!) Check out the Intern Queen listings for a location near you!