Painting Your Own Creation on a Provided Canvas

Starting a new internship is kind of a microcosm of being born. You enter a brand new place wide-eyed, unknowing and a little scared, not sure how exactly to proceed. The similarities stop when it comes to the screaming and crying, unless you’ve had a really terrible first

Aside from a couple nebulous and creatively-inspiring advertising classes, college professors tend to give you a fairly solid curriculum to abide by, and ways to go about performing said tasks. This is not the case with my internship, and I’m guessing that’s the way it is with most communications/advertising/PR positions.

My first week coincided with the company’s annual and statewide all staff meeting, so I played the role of office sponge, soaking up every detail possible. I got to attend a couple of the meetings, meet a PR genius, and get free food, so I wasn’t complaining by any means. Yet it remained to be seen what my various tasks were. The next week cleared things up, and in the best way possible. My immediate supervisor threw a few projects my way, yet allowed me to brainstorm new ideas with her and take creative liberties. I even had the chance this week to meet with a public relations council whose purpose was to collaborate on ideas to kick off the second year of a PR campaign. They were a group of highly intelligent people with industry experience, and I’m not ashamed to say it felt awesome to be a part of the discussion with them.
I’m thankful for those vague advertising courses I took back in Eugene. Without them, I might not be able to formulate ideas out of thin air so easy. I’m also thankful that my current supervisor gives me enough direction to know where I’m going, but enough slack to find wonderful things along the way.

David Hamernick

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3 Responses to Painting Your Own Creation on a Provided Canvas

  1. kaitlynchock says:

    David, I love the way you phrase things. It’s fun reading your posts because of the way you see and talk about the world around you. Also, it’s super cool that you got to sit in on the annual and statewide all staff meeting. That sounds like a great opportunity for networking and learning. That line about meeting a PR genius definitely stuck out to me.

    I also think it’s awesome that your supervisor gives you enough flexibility to explore your creative vision. I’ve found that sometimes it can be really hard to get started on a project when you don’t feel like you’ve been given enough structure or guidelines but I love that this does not seem to be a problem of yours. I think I should have taken a few of those vague advertising classes. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed your first few weeks!

  2. I have to agree with Kaitlyn, your vivid imagery made your post fun to read! I like how you compared a newborn to new intern because it perfectly describes being tossed into a new environment. I agree that structure is good to have but it’s even better to have some free rein to be creative.

    It’s great to read how much opportunities you are already getting! Also it’s cool to see that you’re really excited about the people you work with. I think sometimes a challenge is finding people you can work with and respect, but you already admire them and their work.

  3. Sounds like an awesome first day! Really enjoyed your comment about soaking things up like a sponge. I think it is very important to not only be able to have good listening skills but actually be able to retain information so you can use it in the future. Sounds like you will have some great opportunities to express your own opinion and give innovative ideas for your company. I also have been facing similar situations as far as brainstorming sessions go with my supervisor. I too agree how nice it is to be able to be given a general direction but also loose enough reigns to be able to give your input. It gives me a sense of confidence to know my manager is interested in seeing how I would handle a project or peice. Great links! Can’t wait to read your next post!

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