As the end of the semester is approaching I have decided to write my final post for this blog. During these four months I have met young, cheerful, smart, ambitious, inspiring students who were more than willing to share their internship experiences. What they all had in common was their great potential and passion to explore and experience.
They got me thinking about education, motivation and success. Moreover, they made me realize how important it is to find a job that you actually like, so it will be like doing your hobby every day, with a little bit of challenges of course. That is why an internship can help you see if your job can really be your hobby.
Today, with the increase of youth unemployment around the world, especially in European countries, we see a bigger battle for talents and having a degree might not be enough to differentiate from your fellow colleagues. This made me think about doing an internship program next summer and one of the reasons for writing this blog was to share the stories of other students and help people decide what they want, as I was deciding myself if it’s worth it. I had some doubts at first because spending a summer doing an internship is not like spending a summer doing Work and Travel in terms of money and salary. However, after taking a couple of interviews I was already sure that spending a few months for an internship might be one of the best experiences.
So, this is kind of a summary of the reasons to do an internship, according to the people I have written about in this blog:
- You might find your future employer
- Test-drive your knowledge and skills
- Find role-models
- Strengthen your CV
- If you do well, you have a network
- It can be the experience of a lifetime
However, each student had his/her own unique experience and brought more knowledge and inspiration to me and hopefully my readers as well. Aita’s story about Social Management, online media and multimedia journalism made me realize that what I’m doing in classes is very much applicable to the real job like social manager, which is very popular position in the field of media now.
Meeting with Igor was such a fun experience, talking about working and living in the states, while working in a creative agency, doing what you like (not to what most of the students can do if they go to work in the states).
With Timur’s and Nekruz’s interviews it was interesting to know how it is to work in one of the biggest companies in the world like Google (that all, we students love so much) and International Federation of Red Cross.
Victoria’s story about internship at Melon taught me to take advantages of AUBG coursed and accept the challenges even if they seem difficult to accomplish.
Angelina’s story started from design passion which gave her an opportunity to find an internship and develop her design skills more. This is the case when your hobby brings you to your internship and your major. Angelina actually started the JMC major after realizing how much she loves design, while being on an internship.
The last person to share the story for this blog was not from AUBG but Nikolay was so inspiring that I couldn’t help but share it. Turned out that after a few days from the interview, seven AUBG students apllied for Global Citizen Internship, which Nikolay did last summer. Nothing felt better than realizing that you are actually helping someone build their future and find the experience of a lifetime.
Apart from the interviews I have learned so much in my MMJ class. Blogging, twitting, writting, taking pictures, shooting and editing videos, editing sounds with Audacity, taking multimedia to the next level with Storify and Thinglink and all this fun stuff you get to do and knowing that it will help you so much in the future.
The MMJ midterm gave me a chance to feel how is it going to be in the real world when you have big news you have to cover in a short amount of time, with videos, interviews, sounds and pictures. It was crazy and fun and the best midterm I have ever had so far.
Being a part of the PR and Social Media team for the final class video was such a great experience as well. I realized one more time that putting it all out there is essential if you want your work to be seen by many. And of course great team work makes great work 🙂
After this class I am no longer nervous about getting an internship and getting it in the field of Journalism and Media. Now I dont feel like I NEED to do an internship but rather I WANT to do it. This is something you don’t want to miss doing while being a student.
Here is my picture slideshow of all the amazing people I have met and written about this semester 🙂 Thank you everyone so much!