During my internship this last semester was interesting. I say interesting because I didn’t expect my work environment to be the way that it was. The work environment was fine until my supervisor went on maternity leave. When she was there it seemed that I always had something to get accomplished. Once she left I had to answer to two other professional staff members in the office. These individuals also had their own interns, which made it difficult to do their own work and also keep up with me. The office was very lucky this year to have five student workers as well as two graduate assistants. I think that this is the reason I did not have much to do in the office because we have so many workers.
Along with challenges come advantages of working at Career Services. I learned through this internship as well as other opportunities that I want to work in a college setting with students. During the semester I had the opportunity to help fellow students edit their resumes and cover letters. This was a highlight of my internship simply because it made me feel accomplished and helped my self-confidence immensely.
In my first journal entry I talked about wanting to gain more creativity. I do believe that although it isn’t as much as I had hoped, I did gain some more creativity. I did this when there was not really tasks that needed to be done. I had to be creative and figure out what I could do so that I was not just doing nothing.
I do think that my goals in my performance evaluation were attainable. However, I wish I had payed more attention to those goals and really tried to accomplish them in a bigger capacity. Once our office moved over to Maugans from Lancaster and merged officially with the Alumni Office, is when things sort of went downhill. As they went downhill it just made me not want to come into work at all. Since I didn’t have a direct supervisor at work I was given small tasks that in movies are often just called tasks for the intern. I would do things such as make copies, run errands, and just cleanup work that someone else didn’t have time for. Don’t get me wrong I was grateful for every task I was given no matter how small. Keeping busy is good for me and helps pass the time. But that just made me more excited to apply for jobs that I want to pour my whole heart into.
I think that the professional staff in Alumni and Career Services all have the potential to be great mentors. I was able to be mentored by my direct supervisor and formed a relationship. The other staff are all very friendly and helpful as well. I think that as an intern I learned more than I realize I did. This office helped me become more confident in myself and also how to keep busy.
Overall I enjoyed working with the professional staff as well as the other student workers. I think depending on the person I would suggest this organization for a future internship. To do this internship you have to be interested in managing social media outlets, creating digital content for advertising and completing office hours where sometimes you don’t have anything to do for hours.
The majority of the work I did during this internship was tweeting and creating a career monthly newsletter. The tweets would vary ranging from information about Career Services to upcoming events and motivational quotes.
Here are two examples of tweets that get tweeted out daily.
One of the other big projects I did was the Career monthly newsletter. I created and designed this newsletter on a site called Emma. Since it is on a site such as Emma I was unable to download it to a PDF. The monthly newsletter highlights any new information UCS wants to promote as well as reminders for upcoming events. At the end of the newsletter is an alumni spotlight in which the alumni answers career questions. This newsletter is sent out via Emma to the student body. It is an important project for UCS because it gets the word out about different events and even resources that UCS offers.
Another large project I have been helping with in the office is prep work for the Mega Reunion coming up in early June. There is a lot that is going into this reunion to gain alumni attention and get them to attend. One particular event that is taking place is the singing of the “Alma Mater” in the Rotunda. This is a special small ceremony type event that will help alumni reminisce on what they used to do when they attended Longwood.
Below are some pictures of me working the front desk in Maugans Alumni Center. Some tasks I do at the desk include tweeting, answering phones, making appointments, and greeting anyone that may come in to the office. The picture on the left you can see me working on the computer and the other picture I can be seen calling alumni to give them information on the Mega Reunion.