Amber Ellis a a recent graduate of Loyola University Maryland. She currently is an intern with MWW, one of the largest independent public relations firms. Read more about the MWW interns.
As a recent graduate of Loyola University Maryland, I am well aware of the importance and difficulty of getting a job right out of college. When discussing our post-grad plans, I noticed that my friends weren’t all on the same path: some had entry-level jobs, some were doing their usual summer jobs for one more year and others were without a plan at all. And then there was me: I had an internship. Feeling somewhere between employed and unemployed, lost and found, I was unsure how I felt about being an intern. Would this just be a dead end road on my way to success?
When I arrived for my first day at MWW, a notorious public relations firm, I expected to learn the ins and outs of the copy machine and get acquainted with complicated coffee orders. What I ended up getting was an introduction to their extensive internship program, which not only allowed me to do real work that impacted the company, but also gave me the opportunity to work with my fellow interns on a mock pitch that would be presented to the company’s executives. This was much more intense than I had anticipated, but I gladly welcomed the opportunity to be introduced into the real world.
“I expected to learn the ins and outs of the copy machine and get acquainted with complicated coffee orders. What I ended up getting was an introduction to their extensive internship program…”
After being with MWW for nine weeks, I can honestly say that an internship was the perfect path for me to take. The real world doesn’t seem as daunting when you have an entire company that is willing to help you through the ups and downs that come with any major transition. As an intern, I was expected to take time to learn about the work I was doing, ask a lot of questions, and even, on occasion, make mistakes. In an effort not to take any situation for granted, I did my best to make connections with the new people I met and made sure that I was absorbing all of the information that was being thrown my way. I knew that the tools I was given at MWW would be invaluable when my time as an intern was up, and I would have to continue my journey into the unknown.
Luckily for me, the unknown can take a back seat for a little while. Just when I thought my time at MWW was coming to an end, my internship was extended for two more months. While a job is possible, a wealth of knowledge and experience is guaranteed, which is really what I am thankful for. I would recommend an internship for any post-grad who is looking for an invaluable learning experience or is feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders after graduation. MWW helped me turn the burden I was carrying into an unforgettable experience that I do not have to say goodbye to quite yet.
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