Before the fall semester started, I was offered two communications internships, one with the University of Maryland and the other with Global Business School Network. We all know which internship I accepted.
I’m glad that I made the decision to go with GBSN because I’ve gained a lot of new skills and produced noteworthy design materials that I can show to employers. Most importantly, to anyone who is about to enter the “real world” and want to live in the city after graduation, I’ve gained five new mentors and three new friends.
In these past five months, my tasks ranged from curating and creating social media posts, writing blog posts, updating the website, researching conferences, creating marketing materials and web pages, and more. Not once was I asked to bring coffee or photocopy materials.
At this internship, I was free to try out different approaches to the projects that were assigned to me and attend and contribute to meetings, which made me feel like a member of the GBSN team rather than an intern. As a result, I’ve learned so much through experimentation and collaborating with others. In introducing a new process for creating social media posts, I’ve increased GBSN’s reach, number of followers and engagement.
What intern gets to do that?
The positive experience that I had at GBSN could not have been made possible without the GBSN team, which has treated me with respect and lots of kindness. Nicole Zefran, my supervisor, never fails to get the job done and brighten the office. Page, who lives in my neck of the woods in Northeast, D.C., always has good recommendations of restaurants that I haven’t been to. Tope always has a great story to share about her own nonprofit and Amanda tells it like it is. Guy is always ready to provide compliments and Lisa, her family stories.
I’ll always remember the “all-in-this-together” attitude with the other interns, Rohan and Alex, who are also trying to start their career in a city. I wish them both the best in their endeavors.
My time with GBSN went by very fast, but has made a lasting impression on me. I look forward to carry on what I’ve learned and the relationships that I’ve created into my career.