Hey y’all! I’m checking in for the last time here on this blog. Now that I’m back at Tulane and I’ve had some time to process my experience at McBee, let me tell you some of the lessons I learned.
If you work really hard at a good company, people will notice! During my time at McBee, all of the interns worked pretty hard, but it was worth it since the bosses noticed and gave us cool, interesting assignments whenever they could. People started to notice that I got stuff done and I got to work on some really neat projects, like briefing the executive team on a business development account’s history.
2) Make an effort to learn from the people you work with! The people you’re working with are already doing the job you want to be doing. Take the time to get lunch with them- and when you do, make sure you have some questions you’d like to ask them. I learned so much from my coworkers from doing just this- just make sure you look them up on LinkedIn first!
3) An internship can be a great opportunity to get a feel for a field- if you take all possible opportunities. When people ask you to do something, do it! They probably did it when they were in your position, and paying your dues is important. The more you do the “boring” work, the more you get interesting assignments. I may have spent an afternoon taking Ubers all over to get a couple of hats, but it meant I got to learn about an account I didn’t know a lot about!
I loved DC, and I really hope I can go back soon! I’m not sure where I’ll end up after this semester (my last at Tulane), but I know the lessons I learned and the skills I took with me will help me figure that out.
Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted- my account keeps locking me out. In fact, this is my second time today writing this very post… which I’m hoping and praying will publish this time.
I’ve been working 8 am or 8:30 am to 5 or 6 pm every day and eating my lunches at my desk. Working in comms is crazy. I was originally assigned to two accounts, which means that I do work and go to meetings for two accounts. I love going to meetings because I get to find out the “why” behind the work I do, which is really important for me motivationally. The people I work with are really wonderful and very accomplished in their fields- they come from all over, comms wise.
I also have been lucky enough to be designated the comms/advocacy crossover intern. I think I want to work in Advocacy after graduation, so this is wonderful. I got assigned to a third account which is more policy-focused, and I’m learning so much from working on the account. It’s definitely a little crazy trying to get all three account’s deliverables out the door, but it’s also really good to always be busy.
Being in DC is amazing. I have been able to meet many of my favorite Tulane alumni, hang out with some of my friends from school, and go to networking events up the wazoo. I recently spoke at the Pew Center about sexual assault, and now I am meeting up with a lot of people in town who work on the same issues. Tonight, in fact, I’m meeting with some people from the It’s On Us campaign (which you may recognize from campus!). I’m very excited to be surrounded by other people trying to make change.
Anyways, that’s all for now. I’m again sorry for my lateness in posting- tech doesn’t always comply, if you’ve noticed.
I am so excited to be blogging here today and moving to Washington DC in just a few weeks to work with McBee Strategic in their Communications Consulting shop. I am going to learn so much about Washington, advocacy, and the private sector of politics by working at McBee, and it wouldn’t be possible without CELT.
I’m going home to California first, but then I’m going straight to Washington DC, where I hope I will find my new home. I’m graduating in December of this year, and I really want to be able to move to DC afterwards and work in advocacy/public affairs. I am hoping this summer will help me get a good feel for the city.
I’m so excited about this opportunity and cannot wait to learning and working this summer at McBee!
Talk to you soon,