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.