Over the past three weeks, I have been working in the PR department at a security software company that caters to large companies. This experience has been wonderful thus far, as all of my colleagues have been very welcoming and helpful.

My internship has been split up into two different segments: for two-thirds of my time I work with traditional PR, while the other one-third of my time is spent working in social media. I love being able to explore social media as well as traditional PR.

A challenge that I have had during my internship is learning the style of the company. Each PR department has a different way of doing things and I have been trying to master the style of this company. An even more challenging aspect has been learning technological acronyms. In my three weeks, I have learned more than fifty acronyms relating to information technology (IT); on top of all the acronyms the company has for their own products. For example acronyms like CI, CMDB, ERM, ISO, and RFC were all foreign concepts to me, but I have done well to keep a journal of all the acronyms I’ve heard and learn what they mean.

Before this internship, I had never imagined myself working at a tech company, and now that I am here, I want to learn as much as I can. So, each night I plan out a homework assignment to learn more about the industry. With such a rapidly changing industry, it is important to stay current. Each night I spend approximately one hour reading the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Reuters, Business Week or another tech-related publication so at work I can give 100% and positively contribute to the team.

The following images are my first impressions of acronyms and the view from my desk.

Rachael Ka’apu

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5 Responses to Acronyms?

  1. codynewton says:

    I can’t even imagine how difficult it has to be to keep track of all that information. The thing I like about writing is that for the most part the terms have stayed the same over the years. I learn new things everyday, but there isn’t a whole lot of change in the lingo. I give you props for doing your homework and keeping up to date. That’ll be really important, and it’ll help you stand out amongst the others.

    Good luck remembering all that!

  2. pdxsx says:

    Well done, Rachael! The faster you can on-board yourself and get into a groove, the faster people will be comfortable with having you handle larger and larger projects!

  3. wilsonemily says:

    That’s awesome that you’re investing time outside of work to learn about the company; the more you make yourself invaluable, the more they’re going to love you! Plus, the fact that you realize how important it is to stay relevant and up-to-date with today’s ever-changing digital world is great; especially seeing as how you work at a tech company. Good luck on your internship and remembering all those acronyms!


  4. Kudos to you for not just for tackling the challenging of learning acronyms, but also taking the time to read publications like Financial Times, Reuters, and other so that you’re a well-informed member to your team. Is investing all this time in making you want to pursue a career in that field? I think it’s great that you have taken a genuine interest in something you were assigned, and making yourself invaluable to the PR department. Best of luck!

  5. What a great strategy for learning all those acronyms! I have started a list of wine related terms that I need to read up on. It’s like learning a new language when you’re working in a niche industry. I imagine the extra reading is helpful also. I hope you’re enjoying your internship as well as working so hard. It sounds like you have found some great strategies to make yourself indispensable to your employers.

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