As an intern at the Arthritis Foundation and Baylor Event Services I have learned so much. Not only was I given many responsibilities, at the Arthritis Foundation I worked directly with the Central Texas Branch manager. She was in charge of the whole Central Texas area and I was her second hand.
At first, I felt extremely overwhelmed and scared. This was my first public relations job ever and I didn’t realize that I was going to be taken so seriously. It was very intimidating, and I didn’t know if I had enough experience.
I expected to make coffee runs, get lunch and run errands. I had heard so many internship stories that I went into my first job assuming that is what I would do.
If I have any advice it is to not settle for just any internship. I am so glad that my job duties directly related and helped the organization. I hope that none of you have taken pointless internships and were taken advantage of. I have heard many times friends complain about sitting at the computer all day feeling not only useless but bored, and I think this is a horrible way to prepare for a real career.
Recently I read an article that said to never take an unpaid internship. I can’t remember where I read it, but I think this is important sometimes. My internship was unpaid but I was extremely lucky.
I think that if you are an unpaid intern there is more of a chance that an employer may not take you seriously and give you pointless tasks. I know I would never want to be in a situation where I was wasting my time.
I found a really good article about unpaid internships. Anyone looking for an internship or skeptical about the process should read this!