Communications Intern

Hi, I’m Emily Davidson, and I just graduated from Longwood in May of 2013. In the summer of 2012, I was a Communications Intern at the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast, headquartered in Chesapeake, VA.

What did I do?

My internship involved investigating various camp programs that were in session. After doing my research—a good bit of which was in the field—I would write articles summarizing what the camp was all about. These were used in Coastline, the monthly publication for the Girl Scouts, and also sent out to various local publications in Franklin, Chesapeake and Suffolk.

In addition to writing the camp articles, I wrote two longer articles, one about the Fall Product Sale, and one about the Pathways program, which is a new way of thinking about Girl Scouting.


How did I find it?

Believe it or not, I first heard of the internship through Facebook. I’m a fan of their page, and an ad popped up on my News Feed. As I recall, the ad was not specifically about an internship, but it got me to go to their website. A few clicks later, and I was reading all about their internship program!

This internship was perfect for me because I’m a lifetime member of Girl Scouts, and the organization has helped me in a whole lot of ways. Through my internship, I was able to give a little bit back to an organization that has given me so much.

What did I learn?

I learned a lot from this experience in a very short space of time. For one thing, I learned how to interview others, ask the right questions and dig out the main points of what was said. At first I tried making out a list of questions beforehand, but I deviated from those questions so much that I eventually decided it was better to just go with the flow and be flexible.

I also learned to think about the context of my writing. The tone (and length) of my articles differed based on the audience that was targeted, and the main point that readers were supposed to take away. Apart from the assignments I wrote, context is important in all forms of communication. I communicated in a different way if I was conducting an interview in person, over the phone, or by email.

Overall my internship was a wonderful experience, and I’m glad I chose the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast.

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