The time has come for my last blog entry, which means that we are scary-close to graduation! For my first entry on this blog, I wrote about the importance of making connections. Well, it seems that I have come full circle since that first week at my internship.
At times during the past few weeks, I felt like my internship hit a bit of a plateau. The first couple weeks were very exciting—with my orientation at a new place of work and the May/June issue going to print. After that, there was a lull in work, which consisted mainly of brainstorming ideas for future issues of the magazine.
However, just recently, the work started coming in more and more. Last week, my supervisor sent me a lengthy e-mail with about eight different tasks to work on for the coming weeks. Some of them were actually ideas that I had pitched, which was really rewarding.
Then just the other day, she turned to me and told me that the wine columnist needed someone to proofread a lengthy amount of copy for an update of her smart phone/iPad app. She said that she passed my name along, and the columnist would be contacting me soon. Sure enough, I got an e-mail that day with the details and—most excitingly—an hourly rate!
Now I have my first paid professional project—and the reason I got the opportunity was because my supervisor referred me. It seems like I was right about networking my previous post—if you make a great impression, people will remember it–and there aren’t many things more gratifying than that!