In January 2019 I began my internship at Blue Horizon Licensing. Just like most things in life this experience was not what I expected it to be. When the word intern comes up most people associate it with a young person picking up coffee orders for meetings. However, Merriam Webster defines intern as an advanced student or graduate gaining supervised practical experience.* Where getting coffee, or packing hampers for giveaways in my case, might be one of your responsibilities during your internship, there are still so many things you can do to make the most out of your internship.
Let me put your mind at ease, it is normal to feel a bit overwhelmed in the beginning. The transition between studying and working is a tough one, so be sure to give yourself enough time to adjust and don’t be too hard on yourself. I started my internship with a very limited amount of knowledge in the licensing industry. From product approvals to marketing campaigns and press drops, it was all new to me but over time and with an open mind and a positive attitude I started understanding it better.
- Always be willing to learn new things, especially from the people around you. Your colleagues will most probably be highly skilled and would have so much information about the industry. You should take the opportunity to absorb as much information as you can from those around you because I can guarantee you that each person in your team will teach you something different.
- If you are able to, sit in on meetings that cover topics you would like to know more about. There may be an overload of information for you to take in during these meetings so always take notes so you can refer back.
- There is a quote I would like to leave you with that applies perfectly to this situation. “If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room. “ – Confucius.*
Good luck on your exciting new journey in the working world!