Your Awful Summer Intern · 2nd
As my unforgettable summer at my mom’s ad agency comes to a close, I’d like to take this moment to reflect on the many accomplishments I achieved and learning lessons I absorbed during my eventful and productive internship.
When my mom first asked me if I wanted the position, I thought it sounded really boring, but when she told me that HR receives hundreds of applications a year and I’d be lucky to be chosen, I still wasn’t interested. It wasn’t until she threatened to make me buy a graduation dress at Target that I finally agreed to come on board.
And let me tell you, it was the best decision I ever made.
I brought countless Gen Z insights to brainstorms, like educating my 27-year-old bosses on topics like Charli XCX and y2k butterfly clips, which were super relevant to our B2B software clients. Additionally, I played a vital role in the curation of the office fridge, including managing a rotating selection of La Croix flavors and spearheading the removal of 2% milk in favor of hemp.
When I wasn’t “starting fires” with my out-of-the-box ideas, I was contributing to the firm’s work/life balance ERG. It’s crucial to maintain healthy boundaries for yourself in a corporate environment, and I set a shining example for the rest of the company by coming in at 11 and shotgunning a hard kombucha at 4. Work hard, play hard, you know?
Over the course of my impactful tenure, I learned invaluable lessons, like how to activate Slack on your iPhone so your status icon stays green and no one knows you’re out to lunch, and how if you ignore an email for long enough, someone else will just jump in and respond.
As for the best advice I received? There’s no such thing as a dumb question. I really took that one to heart.
These innumerable rewarding experiences have forever changed me as an individual. I now understand that for the majority of Americans, working a lame job takes up their entire lives, not just one lousy summer. I look forward to finishing my communications degree at UMiami and finding the nearest Hype House to inhabit, or maybe becoming a senator.
Future looking bright!
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