By Interactive Strategies
Jul 08, 2015

5 Things I Learned During My Internship

Similar to many soon-to-be grads, I was stressed out about finding a job after graduation. I had a full-time position lined up, but I was unsure of my start date. Cue panic mode. I didn’t want to be stuck at home for three months or longer doing nothing. Sure, I could have done some traveling, but it was too late (in my opinion) to make such a rash decision due to the fact I hadn’t saved any money for such an occasion. After applying to multiple internships, I heard back from the one and only, drum roll please: Interactive Strategies. 

The position was exactly what I was looking for; I could learn about social media analytics (something I wanted to get into for awhile) and enhance my creative writing skills through blog posts, such as this one. My previous internships within the Federal government and a non-profit didn’t really allow me to do either, so working in the private sector seemed like a great opportunity. Because this was such a new experience for me, here are some of the things I learned during my seven weeks:

1.    Treat yoself (sometimes).

Downtown DC has a plentiful amount of delicious food options. However, with great flavor comes great cost, so I had to carefully choose the times I dined out.

2.    Having a fellow intern around = #blessed.

In my other internships, I was the sole, lonely intern on the team, so it was great to have another intern to work with. Not only were we able to brainstorm projects and help each other out along the way, but we also shared many laughs (and gifs).

3.    Social media analytics are a beast to be reckoned with.

Like I said before, I didn’t have much experience behind-the-scenes of social media sites, so I had no idea what I was doing. But after some lots of research, I now consider myself somewhat knowledgeable about PPC, CPC, CTR, impressions, etc.

4.    Take advantage of creative freedom.

On one of my first days, my supervisor told me I would be tasked with writing blog posts. I was mildly freaked out at first because most of my writing experience was school-related. However, he said that I could write about things that interested me because it would make it easier to write, which was so true. Although I had some writing experience in my past internships, I was told what to write about, so being able to write about baseball and Internet sensations was awesome.

5.    Don’t be afraid to fail.

I know, I know, super cliché but it’s true. Internships are great for making (little) mistakes because you’re not expected to know everything right away. When I started I was very unsure of myself because I didn’t have a lot of experience with the tasks I was assigned. But after asking a lot of questions (and some help from Google), I started to get the hang of things and my confidence grew.

Although my time here was short, I learned a lot along the way and am thankful I was able to be a part of the Interactive Strategies family.

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