Over the last summer I interned at Wordsmith for six weeks.
As a Mass Communication undergraduate, finding a place to intern can be daunting. Especially when you are looking for a place that is relevant to your field and where you can learn new skills.
My initial perception about internships was of an insignificant position at a company. I thought, interns perform unimportant tasks from 9 to 5, for a 6 week period to fit a university criterion. But, my internship at Wordsmith was
nothing like that.
A great work environment
With flexible timings, a homely atmosphere and a friendly but professional environment, my internship at Wordsmith was anything but dull. My seniors at Wordsmith took the time and effort to know me as well as my interests and skills. They helped me to discover my real potential and explore my skills. The internship experience at Wordsmith filled me with confidence and gave me a taste of the practical world.
Mentorship that harnesses your talent
During my internship at Wordsmith, I was appointed a number of tasks. My key position was to manage their social media. I had no prior experience in this area, but my seniors pushed me to give it a shot. They helped me through the initial stages. With faith in myself and their help, I found myself doing quite well at my project. I even developed a knack for it.
Exposure to real time projects and professional development
My colleagues at Wordsmith helped me unravel abilities I did not know I had. With their friendly and professional help, I was trained to make business proposals and presentations.
I never felt like a temporary intern there. I was more like an old employee and a friend who was trusted and given equal importance as any other member of the team. I also had the opportunity to go to client meetings with my seniors. There I saw how these meetings take place and how the corporate world operates.
Opportunities to develop new skills
Other than handling social media, I would write for the company’s blog which helped my writing skills a great deal. I also received training on graphic designing which was a totally new skill to me back then. The best part of this experience was that I was constantly learning new skills.
My Wordsmith family
A company like Wordsmith did not just train me and teach me a skill set. It also gave me mentors who became more like friends. It even taught me the importance of patience, kindness, understanding, and friendship at a workplace.
On my birthday I asked my boss, Ayesha, to allow to me a day off as I had plans. She told me I had to come to work even for a short while. I went to the office and was surprised with a cake and the whole team singing Happy Birthday. I remember feeling that within a month, I had found a family of my own, here at Wordsmith.
From the long stretches of typing on the keyboard, to the rounds of tea, to laughter at the lamest of things, I think of Wordsmith as a second home. It is a great place to acquire professional relationships and learn from seniors who are more like friends.
I feel nostalgic and happy when I think of my summer last year because in all honesty, my internship at Wordsmith was an experience that I will always cherish.