As my internship comes to close I have become increasingly more sentimental. First and foremost I would like to thank Emily for providing me with my first ever internship experience. She has been the ultimate mentor and extremely helpful along the way. I would also like to thank my boss Katlyn, although we lost her in the middle of my internship to new opportunity she was an instrumental part of my growth here. She gave me great and helpful direction with all the tasks I was designated and she was friendly but still constructive. These two women have provided me with a great amount of career inspiration. Emily is a true entrepreneur and I have been able to learn so much from her. She has provided me with great advice not just for the future of my education and the future of my career but also personally. Katlyn is pursuing an MBA and watching her balance work and school and chase after her dreams has instilled huge amounts of motivation in me. So, truly from the bottom of my heart, Thank You!
I would also love to thank my partner in this whole experience, Anne. It has been my pleasure working across from you for the last four months. I can truly say that I am leaving this experience with a great friend! You have been there to listen to me complain, to guide me through the classes I will take, to provide me with critique and support. Without you, I don't know how I would have enjoyed this opportunity. I am so glad that Emily brought us together.
Working at GRACESHIP has provided me with the opportunity to gain real world experience that is so valuable in my desired field. Earning a degree in college is noteworthy and essential to my future success, but what I learn in the classroom does not come even close to what I learn on the job. It is essential to go out and really investigate what professionals in your desired field are doing. What their typical day looks like. How much time and effort goes into a business behind the scenes. The skills that you learn and pick up on the job are essential. When you sit down for an interview, they want to know what experience you have had and what you specifically have accomplished in the field you are desiring to enter. School is important, but for any of my fellow college girls out there, make sure you make the time to complete at least one internship while you are in school. Stretch yourself thin for a semester, because the skills you pick up and the lessons you learn are essential to your future success.
I have also learned more about my personal preferences that has enabled me to narrow my ideas of what future career paths I may investigate. When you take on an internship opportunity, you are trying on a career for size, experimenting and seeing if you belong. This has been an amazing way for me to really learn some of my professional strengths and weaknesses and identify what I enjoyed and what I disliked. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything.
Advice to the Summer Interns
Make the most of your time here! The time will fly by and you won't be in the office very often so make the most of your experience.
Don't be afraid to be creative and pitch your ideas--Emily is always open to suggestion
Love every minute with the adorable office security, Harper!
Stay on top of your email
Remember this is a learning experience and have fun!
Don't get too stressed out
Ask Emily anything! She gives great advice on career, school and life
Use this time to figure out some of your strengths and weaknesses and build on them
Take time to get to know the other interns, you may leave this experience with a best friend
Take full advantage of your discount at Work The Metal! The chocolate down there is to die for!
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