September 23, 2014
The Tale of Two Internships
By: Lindsey Zimmerman @lindseyzim716
This summer, I had the unique experience of working not just one, but two communications internships. I worked full-time as a corporate communications intern at Battelle, a research and development company in my hometown of Columbus, and I also had a virtual social media internship with a site called College Tourist. Although managing two internships was not without its challenges, I learned so much about two very different industries and about communications as a whole throughout the summer.
I’ll admit that I was a little bit hesitant going into my internship at Battelle, which is known for its science and technology work, because I really don’t know much about science/tech at all. Without a doubt, the most important thing I learned throughout my time there was to ask questions. The first few times I was asked to interview one of our scientists or engineers about the various projects they were working on, I felt annoying asking them to clarify some of the technical jargon they were using because I had no idea what they were talking about. Although after a while I realized that most of them were aware of the fact that people outside their area of expertise might need more clarification, and they were happy to provide it.
One of my favorite things about my position at College Tourist was the fact that I was able to read all of the interesting articles on the site before posting them to social media. However, I quickly realized that some articles were more social media-friendly than others. In some situations, I wasn’t sure how to create engagement, which forced me to get creative. Sometimes that would involve tagging a business or restaurant that was mentioned in the article, or asking followers a question when I posted the link and encouraging them to respond.
With both internships, time management was a crucial skill. Even with only one position, knowing how to manage your time is extremely important. Procrastination is always tempting, especially when you have a computer and the internet at your disposal, but getting things done as soon as possible will save you a lot of time and frustration at the end of the day.
Now that fall semester is in full swing, it’s starting to hit me that all of this will be over soon. I’m graduating a year early this May, so these next few months are going to be extremely bittersweet. During the fall, I want to stick to a schedule that will allow me to get things done without being overwhelmed, help my ImPRessions account to accomplish all of our goals, and do something every day that will get me closer to where I want to be after graduation.