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My First Internship

Posted By Eva Glas, Friday, July 06, 2012

Eva GlasAs an American University (AU) student, internships are considered an unofficial yet crucially important aspect of our school curriculum. Nearly every AU student has at least 2 or 3 internships under their belt by the time they are encouragingly pushed out into "the real world” after graduation.  Though recently criticized to be cheap labor and unfair employment, I believe that internships can often times teach a young adult (such as me) exponentially more than a semester’s worth of lectures and note-taking. Only real life experience can teach you what you like and what you don’t like, what you’re good and what you need to work on. First internships are particularly significant since this a first trial into the mysterious adult realm of employment.

Fortunately, I lucked out on my first internship experience. I started working at GBSN 6 months ago and will be leaving with more knowledge and experiences than I have space for on my resume. As a Public Communications and Marketing Major I was able to use the skills I learned in class and further develop them in the workplace. I learned that as an intern the most imperative thing you can do is to ask questions and absorb as much advice and information as you can. Working on the 2012 Conference was one of the highlights of my time here because I truly got to experience all of the hard work and details that are put into orchestrating such an exciting and important event. Being able to work on the website (which will be absolutely stunning!) was another great experience that I otherwise would never had the chance to do. Website design proficiency as well as just general technology expertise is becoming a sought-after currency in the domain of Communication and Business so I am grateful that I was able to dip my toes in it these last few months.

Lastly and most importantly, I will be leaving these 6 months with a deep understanding and appreciation for GBSN’s mission. I was able to first-handedly witness the passion this team has for management education and capacity development as well as the importance that unique non-profit organizations such as GBSN hold. It has been an extremely satisfying journey to see all of GBSN’s hard work put to great causes and I look forward to seeing their new goals such as the BRiDGE program become successful.

I would like to sincerely thank Lisa, Page, Nora and Guy for a truly remarkable first internship experience.

Eva Glas interned at GBSN from January through June of 2012 and she now goes on to study at Trinity University in Dublin.

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Page Schindler Buchanan says...
Posted Monday, July 09, 2012
Thank you Eva. It was a joy to have you with us. We know you'll go far!
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