Friday, July 27, 2007

This wasn't in my job description...

We got one of the best pieces of career advice this week during one of our executive lunches. While talking about his career and how he got to where is he now, LS’s COO told the eight interns to always be open minded to learning new things while you’re on the job, because you never know what opportunities can come from that experience. Even though this seems like a simple thought, it can easily be overlooked.

Throughout the course of this internship, I have done many of the advertising and PR tasks that I expected I would be doing: target market research, drafting press releases (and revising them about 10 different times by 3 or 4 different people), sending out media kits, making copies, running errands…the list goes on. However, I’m sure that every LS intern would agree, that there are things we would have never imagined we would do during our nine-week experience. One of our biggest highlights would surely be having our blog mentioned in yesterday’s New York Times.

The biggest thing, though, is that what you get out of an internship is directly related to what you put into it. By accepting as many projects as you can handle from as many different people as possible, by staying late to help finish a project for the next day, by challenging yourself to take one more step outside of your comfort zone and by doing the things you never knew were part of the job, you will become more experienced and better prepared for the future that awaits after college.

Jessica M.
Program Management

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