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An essential part of one’s professional and personal development is by acquiring an internship. There are several reasons why they are important. They can help you discover your interests, connect you with professionals in the industry, all while allowing you to learn in a safe and helpful environment. If you do well at your first internship, it could open the door for you to gain other internship opportunities. You may even be inspired to learn about the industry that you’re interning within. Read on for an account of my personal experiences with internships. 

When I was in college I had an internship at a local public television station. It was during the summer between my junior year and what would end up being one of my senior years. (Since I had transferred after my sophomore year, it was kind of blurry as to where I was credit wise. Anyway, I digress). Initially I was minorly bummed out that my summer would consist of spending 20 hours a week inside a freezing air-conditioned office, rather than out exploring the summery landscape of my city. I quickly adjusted my attitude and I fully embraced the opportunity I was given. I was a part of a group of interns and producers putting together content for an up and coming animated educational television show. The enormity of what I had accomplished didn’t fully sink in until I saw my name in the credits of the show once it aired on TV. That was a very surreal and rewarding moment. When the next summer rolled around I was asked to come back and continue forward with the work I had started from the previous summer. Having been there before, I felt more at ease and in control of my work set up than the first time. I was confident that I knew what my purpose was and also that my presence there brought value to my team. I must have made a great impression because 2.5 years later when an opening became available I was sought out as having been a previous hire. I had the great fortune of working there for a year in a variety of different projects within many different departments. Since then I have had other internships and employment opportunities, but my three separate experiences there taught me so much about myself and how to be a great employee, pace myself with work projects, forge connections with other professionals, and appreciate the fast paced environment of the public television world. 

I hope my internship journey inspired you to want to start searching for one of your own. If you want to learn more about internships, check out this helpful article found. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope you have a very safe and adventurous remainder of the Summer. See you in September! 

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