Light At The End Of The Tunnel

While in class, many of your assignments don’t have a real face behind them, they are made up clients or scenarios. At an internship you are doing real work for a real organization.

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While in class, you may get an assignment back and see that you got a B on it. Not bad, right? You correct a few things if you can, but other than that, you’re pretty content. However, when you submit a press release at your internship, and your supervisor has highlighted almost everything and added and deleted parts you thought were great, it can be hard to swallow.

At first, I would go home and tell my support system, “I don’t know, I guess I picked the wrong major” and “I suck at public relations.”

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But now, after four weeks, I realized something that put my worry at ease. I am new to this company. I am still learning the company’s voice, and the things that the company finds most important.

According to Alexandra Levit’s, she mentions in her book, “They Don’t Teach Corportate in College,” that there are as many different types of bosses as there are different types of people.

For almost three years I became accustomed to how the University graded my work. It wasn’t easy by any means at first. Freshmen year was a struggle for me. And this internship is no different.

One thing I’ve had to learn was my company’s preference with the use of en dashes.

For example changing,

The Los Angeles–London flight.
The Los Angeles – London flight.

They ask for spaces between the dash.

The other day, I submitted a press release for review and realized that I didn’t have to make a single edit for the dashes. That was a small victory for me.

So just remember, try not to let the transition period get you down. It takes time to figure out what a company likes and dislikes, so give yourself some slack. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

Hannah Engle


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