I am so excited to have my former intern, Deanna, giving her “5 Tips for Interns” today! What I love most about her reflection is that her internship also demonstrated to me that I can learn from interns too! All of my interns are usually in their 20s… and they have their own lives – including jobs, studies, commitments with family and friends (and music festivals!) etc. As a result, finding a balance is key for every intern and finding the best skills an intern brings to Mothership Scrapbook Gal has become my focus in providing a valuable internship experience. I hope you enjoy this information from Deanna. Thank you Deanna!!!
By: Deanna F.
When I discovered an internship at Mothership Scrapbook Gal, I was working a full-time job as an Office Assistant. I had been out of school for a couple of years, having a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and marketing and needing more experience to get a job in the field I wanted. I didn’t know quite where to look for internships since I had only heard by word-of-mouth when I was in college. So, I Googled companies who needed interns near me.
I stumbled upon Mothership Scrapbook Gal’s listing on a website called “Internmatch.com.” I was surprised that she was local, had required a lot of the skills I had, and the time demand worked with my full-time schedule.
I learned so much in my 6 months as an intern, and it has prepared me for working with a marketing agency and graphic design client. Here are 5 tips that I have learned and expanded upon as an intern at Mothership Scrapbook Gal.
1. Timelines are super important.
I did day-in and day-out assignments for Mothership Scrapbook Gal (we also call it “MSG”). The week would fly by and right before I knew it I would be back again on a Sunday evening, creating social media posts for Motivational Monday, Testimonial Tuesday, and TGIF. With routine tasks and various projects, along with attendance at weekly meetings and MSG events, there was no doubt I needed a schedule to follow. Documenting in a planner and setting aside a couple hours a week helped me keep up to date on these tasks. It helped me feel less overwhelmed when the tasks were ongoing. The planner I carried with me had all my deadlines laid out on a calendar so I could visually see what I had on my agenda. I made lists of what I had to do first according to what was most important and what had to be done the soonest. Working ahead of these deadlines helped a lot too.
2. Communication is everything.
I’m sure everyone’s heard the expression “your actions speak louder than words.” Your physical and verbal presence, or lack thereof, can speak louder than what is actually said. It expresses the importance of the subject to the other person. It establishes understanding and builds trust between people. Communicating with Rina as often as I did didn’t just express my interest in the internship, but also showed how she valued me as an intern. She depended on me and there was an accountability established amongst us. The frequency of communication created a comfort level that she was there to help if I needed it. Engaging in light conversations through email and text messages was also a plus. It was refreshing getting asked about how my day at work was when getting down to internship business.
3. Show up early.
I have a problem in arriving fashionable late. So the idea of showing up early is something I typically don’t consider because I can always think of other things I need to do to fill up that time. Interning at MSG has brought me to consider arriving not only on time but earlier than needed. This eliminates all the stress in getting to where you need to be at a certain time. When I would meet with Rina for our weekly follow-up, I would go straight from my office in San Bernardino to her house in Riverside because of the close scheduling. But it got me to show up early. And if there was traffic (which there often was, driving the 91 freeway and all), I had a cushion of time to get there before I was late. For MSG events, arriving early was actually required most or all the time. And it was helpful! Setting up wasn’t stressful, Rina and I got to chitchat, and I had a chance to ask her any questions before the event started. So by the time guests began arriving, I was completely calm, confident, and happy.
4. Just do the dang thing.
When it comes to procrastination, I am the worst at it (or best depending on how you look at it). Tackling large tasks and projects can be daunting. I get doubts, which can sway me from even taking the first step. Which is why it’s so important to take it head on and to just do it! Forget about all doubts and reservations, and simply try your best. Worst case scenario – your work will come back to you for a complete overhaul. But hey, at least you tried.
5. Don’t be afraid to have fun.
We often tend to take our jobs very seriously. And sometimes we forget that we are human and naturally we like to joke, laugh, and have fun. When I began at MSG, I wanted Rina to know I took the internship seriously, and that she could count on me for important things like assignments and event meetings. When we started to meet with each other more frequently through craft room meetings, our personalities would start to show and eventually we’d be having conversations like ones you have with friends. It became very natural for us to work together and we got used to the style of which we worked. Allowing myself to open up made me enjoy my experience as an intern at Mothership Scrapbook Gal at its full potential.
Note from Miss Rina:
We are hiring a new intern for Fall 2016 (minimum 6 month commitment).
For all details, here is the link to the online application: