Career Advice

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!


2 thoughts on “Career Advice

  1. dannyele says:

    “I hope that none of you have taken pointless internships and were taken advantage of.” I did that! I did that a couple times, actually! Interesting point about the way employers view unpaid laborers…kind of a chicken and an egg type deal, huh? Being unpaid is garbage but being both unpaid and unoccupied are awful. Sitting staring at a screen for no real reason at all. Could be napping! Employers do often make internship into a flurry of menial tasks, and that’s no way to prepare the next generations job market. Oh well. Charge that to the game.

  2. aebarron says:

    I am fortunate enough to have had an internship that I was made very useful as well. It IS super overwhelming but it’s also a compliment that these seasoned professionals put their trust in you. My worst fear was always what you also mentioned as what your expectations were in the beginning-to make coffee runs, filing, copying…basically jobs where you’re treated like a servant. Now, not only are our resumes nicely padded, they are padded with quality content.

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