I can’t decide if it feels like I’ve been at my internship forever, or if it feels like I just started yesterday. In an odd way, I’d say it’s a little of both. I still feel so new, but I know so much more than I did five weeks ago. Things have changed for me a little bit, and I really like it.
One of the biggest changes is my level of responsibility. I don’t mean that in regards to how I’m acting, because obviously I’ve been acting responsible since I began here. No, what I mean is that they are placing much more responsibility on me, and even more so, they aren’t watching my every step and holding my hand anymore.
In the beginning my supervisor spent more time giving me tasks. But he kept teaching me to be independent and seek the tasks out for myself. Now I’m in charge of myself for the most part.
Like the other staff writers, I show up in the morning, check out the news, see what’s going on in the world and begin my work. If I have a story or something that I’m working on, I continue with that. If I get a tip on the tip-line, I look into it and see if it’s worth anything. If it is I following it a little bit to see where it goes, and after that, if it’s still worth something, I bring it to my supervisor’s attention and see what he has to say about it.
I would have had a heart attack if this was how things were when I first got here. I would have had no idea what I was doing, or what they wanted me to do. But I have to give a lot of credit to my supervisor for “showing me the ropes.” He worked hard in the first couple of weeks to ensure I was able to show up and do my job without needing him every step of the way.
I’m sure that was partially selfish on his behalf—he’s incredibly busy and doesn’t need a greenhorn yanking at his arm all day—but either way, it benefits both him and I.
I’ve considered doing some freelance work, so I know the independence I’m learning here will be a paramount education for my freelance abilities in the future.
Independence and dedication, the ability to be a self-starter and get the job done without constant supervision, is something that I know all our bosses want. Just having these internships is going to give us a leg up on other students, but within these internships we all need to make sure we’re working our hardest to learn everything and anything we can—with or without a constant guide.