I attended Central College, and while applying to go abroad I didn't know that I wanted to do an internship. I wanted to go to London, but after hearing about the great experiences students had while at an internship, I knew I had to get an internship as well! Some of the best opportunities for internships are found in London. Not only did my internship boost my resume, I was also able to interact with the locals. A lot of what I learned about London, I learned while working at 4Children.
What originally inspired you to intern in London with CCA?
Describe your day to day activities as an intern in London.
My activities varied depending on what needed done. I worked in the publications department at 4Children, so a lot of press releases needed to be updated to the website. I would check for any errors in the press release and then put them online. I worked with a lot of their websites, updating what needed to be changed. During the first few weeks of my job, I attended 4Children's launch of a new program where there were many Members of Parliament present! Other than working on the website, I did a lot of clerical work: I worked with spreadsheets, sending emails, and I even organized their publications cupboard for two weeks. But the main thing I took away from the experience was my social interaction from my coworkers. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
How has this experience impacted your future?
There are so many ways my internship has affected my future. Personally, my confidence in my abilities grew tremendously. I came back knowing that if I could handle a job abroad, I could definitely get a job in the US. Also, my internship gave me the confidence to explore the unfamiliar city. On my first day, I had to navigate my way through the tube to make it 45 minutes to my internship site.
Professionally, my internship opened a lot of doors to other internships. My job abroad was my first internship. Since then, I have successfully completed three more internships. After my graduation this year, I will be a paid intern at Central College to write press releases (similar to what I did abroad). Without that internship in London, a lot of my achievements today would not have happened.