Lessons from the Front:
Experiences as a RMD Intern
Finding any opportunity to gain experience and develop is key to the evaluation of an internship. The first weeks in a new position can be exciting, frightening and stressful all at once. At RMD, the interns jump right into the action! Thankfully, they offer a positive work culture that prioritizes team building and cultivating a friendly, supportive staff that has been key to my swift transition into the company.
RMD Advertising has provided an opportunity for me to gain exposure to multiple functions of a full advertising and public relations firm. Since my first week, I have learned media tracking and the process for calculating advertising equivalency, I have authored e-newsletters and developed social media content. In addition to growing my knowledge and skills as a young professional, there are a few bigger things I have learned overall:
1. Maximize your skills – Take the time management skills you learned in college and multiply them in order to meet the demands of the professional world. A day in college is 24 hours. A day in the professional world is 9 to 10 hours. Learning to be more efficient and realistic with my time, as to how long a task will take, has been difficult, frustrating and one of the most important opportunities of my development.
2. Professional teamwork – I’ve grown to appreciate group projects assigned in college because what I learned has translated to the professional work environment I am in today. Learning how my piece of the puzzle affects the team’s success and navigating how best to interact with different individuals in order to complete a task is key part of functioning throughout this internship.
3. Think positive – It’s important to maintain a positive, focused attitude. Each day changes with different challenges, successes, projects and deadlines. I have learned to maintain my positive attitude, keep my spirits up and a focused attitude in order to complete necessary tasks.
It is understood that necessary steps need to be taken to move toward your preferred professional position. Each internship provides a unique set of experiences to learn and use in future endeavors. However, as an intern it is typical to be delegated groundwork and secondary responsibilities. I have found, as a purpose driven individual, it is necessary to realize the importance of each task you undertake and remind yourself of how this opportunity will take you one step closer to your goal.
At RMD, no small task is un-important. Each task, each rich experience contributes to my development and takes me a step further along my career path. I am excited to continue excelling in the program and gain further experience that will benefit my development as a young professional.
–Josiah K, Special Projects Coordinator