What they don’t tell you about internships

Chandler Cooper was our intern here at WordsFresh for summer 2018. We asked her to share her thoughts about the experience.

The word “internship” flashes automatic stereotypes into a college student’s brain – at least it did for me. I’d seen all the memes. Sitting at a desk licking envelopes all day sounded dreadful, but not having enough experience on my résumé sounded even more distressing.  

I didn’t lick a single envelope at WordsFresh. In fact, I’m not even sure where the envelopes were kept. I wasn’t in charge of getting office supplies or making coffee or walking Fluffy. 

I wrote. I researched. I wrote about what I researched. And I grew. I grew not only as a writer but as a person. 

An internship is an invaluable learning experience, but it can be an awkward transition into the so-called “real world,” especially if you believe the stereotypes about internships to be true. Here are four things I learned during my WordsFresh internship that I didn’t know before. 

1 ) Learning is your number one objective. 

I used to think internships were for employers to assess my abilities. Crazy, right? The definition of an internship is “any official or formal program to provide practical experience for beginners in an occupation or profession,” according to www.Dictionary.com. The key word here is beginners. Employers know you’re a beginner and you’re learning. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t focus on trying to impress your colleagues. Do learn as much as possible. 

Take advantage of every learning experience even if they aren’t ideal. For instance, mistakes allow you to learn things you wouldn’t otherwise learn. And we all make mistakes. Learn from both the good and bad experiences of your internship. 

2) Perfection is unattainable. 

Throughout my internship, I kept saying to myself, “I did this one time in school, so I should know how to do this perfectly on my first try, right?” Wrong. Developing skills takes time even after college. Even after you have developed an experienced skillset, you keep building on those skills to become better. 

Instead of focusing on being perfect, focus on learning as much as you can. This transcends outside of internships and into life experiences as well. 

3) Take time to learn the jargon. 

If you don’t know what somebody is talking about, speak up. Think about it. Why would you know their jargon? I walked around the office hearing certain words constantly and never asked what they meant but always wondered. However, it’s never a bad idea to brush up on some lingo that you can take with you somewhere else so you sound seasoned in industry vernacular. 

4) You are not an outsider. 

As an intern, it’s normal to feel like an outsider, especially when you have little to no experience around a group of people who are highly experienced. Feeling comfortable in a professional learning environment is important, but that level of comfortability can be acquired through one’s own mindset. 

It’s important to understand that there’s really no reason to feel like an outsider. Chances are, the people you are working with have been an intern before. They know what it’s like, and they’re usually more than willing to answer questions and show you a thing or two. Don’t become intimidated by colleagues. Instead, consider yourself lucky to be able to learn from such experienced individuals. 

FeaturedWordsFresh Named GLI Very Small Business of the Year

The writers of WordsFresh were nearly at a loss for words on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 when WordsFresh was named the Very Small Business of the Year at the 2018 GLI Inc.credible Awards.

The Greater Louisville Inc. Inc.credible Awards recognize the best small businesses in the Greater Louisville area. The criteria for Very Small Business of the Year is a company of fewer than nine employees that exemplifies both business and civic leadership in the areas of community involvement, management practices and overall financial performance.

WordsFresh is the only writing agency in the Louisville region and one of the few offering writing services in the United States. We help other businesses and organizations persuade, inspire and educate audiences through a variety of communications—from marketing campaigns to technical reports to internal communications.

“We believe when you start with words you develop communications that are strategic, precise, on-target, compelling and authentic. These are what any business needs to be successful,” said Mary Pat Nimon, WordsFresh president and message strategist, when accepting the award.

Nimon also recognized her award-winning team of writers and WordsFresh’s awesome clients. “We have so much gratitude for our clients, big and small, and all the opportunities you give us to get better every day,” she said. WordsFresh writes for some of the most respected brands in the country, including Little Brownie Bakers, a division of the Kellogg Company, GE Appliances, Schott North America, University of Louisville, ADP and Switcher Studio.

The WordsFresh team works from three core beliefs: 1. We believe great writing supercharges all communications. 2. We believe it’s noble work to help grow the companies and organizations that make a difference. 3. We believe helping others succeed is a splendid way to live.

This year marked the 18th annual GLI Inc.credible Awards. The event, held at the Kentucky Center for the Arts and presented by Citizens Union Bank, hosted more than 300 guests.

Looking for an award-winning writer to help with your next communications project? Contact us to see if WordsFresh is a good fit for your business.