It’s something that I hear a lot from my friends and family, especially this summer. It’s been a pleasure obtaining so many new experiences in the past two months, but it does it hard to keep track of. Here’s a little blurb about what I’ve been up to at each of my jobs.
I have three weeks left at my internship with Indianapolis-based civil engineering firm HWC. I spend one and a half days each week in the office, scheduling social media posts, designing graphics, writing press releases and communicating with my team. I have been writing and executing public relations plans for three separate clients all summer, which has improved my skill set in a number of ways.
The main thing that I’ve learned is that I really enjoy the “agency-style” work of putting together campaigns for multiple clients at a time. I already had a sneaking suspicion that I would thrive in a fast-paced agency environment, but this opportunity has really helped solidify that idea for me. In fact, I’ve applied to several marketing and/or public relations agencies in the hopes of getting some internship experience in that sector and I’ve had two interviews so far!
Working at Indiana INTERNnet has been a really great experience for me, too. As I mentioned in a previous post, this internship has helped me become more confident in my abilities as a professional and more willing to speak up and share my ideas. I have really enjoyed working with both of my direct supervisors, who have continuously valued my input and made me feel like a member of the team.
I spend two and a half days each week at the Indiana INTERNnet office, which is housed in the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Because of this connection, I’ve been able to meet various members of the Chamber staff which has lead to further networking and career development opportunities. A magazine article that I wrote will actually be published in the Chamber’s next issue of BizVoice magazine.
My responsibilities in this role have included brainstorming and writing two blogs a week, scheduling social media posts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn) and working with local organization to solicit prizes for events.
I am very proud to say that I am still doing work for Indiana Futsal, a year and a half after I was first hired by the organization for public relations needs. Though I did not get to go with the team on their trip to Cuba a few weeks ago, their experiences helping start a futsal program in Havana will give me a lot to write about in the coming weeks. We are also heading into promotion mode for the fourth annual Mayor’s International Futsal Cup. I just got the press release for that event written up and will begin pitching it soon.
IUPUI Multicultural Center
At the end of the spring semester, I agreed to do some office hours in the IUPUI Multicultural Center (MC) this summer. The office houses the Social Justice Education Scholars program, of which I am honored to be the Lead Scholar. Though I am only in the office one a week, it feels nice to stay connected to my campus over the summer.
In this role, I have been doing a lot of design work both for my scholarship program and for the MC’s many events. I’ve become more confident in my Adobe Illustrator skills and have started to work in InDesign a little bit, too.
At the end of each day in the MC, I trek over to the IUPUI Campus Center and spend about an hour tabling. Several thousand incoming freshmen are milling about at this time, meeting with representatives of all offices and organizations on campus. Having to meet upwards of 20 strangers a night and give them all an elevator pitch about the MC’s programs has improved my public speaking skills and, quite honestly, better understand the overall goal of my scholarship program as I explain it others.