We are back again with another post for our ‘Inside with the Interns’ series, where you’ll get to know about Hannah who was our Social Media intern for August and September. We hope you enjoy reading this one.
Where do I even begin? Cliché- I know but forgive me, it’s been a whirl wind of a summer and I’m still coming to terms with everything that has happened. I have a feeling that this is going to be a LONG one, so if I were you, I would make yourself a cuppa, grab a biscuit and kick back.
I guess the logical place to start this blog post off with would be my graduation in July. After three amazing, but extremely challenging years, I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Journalism degree and several NCTJ qualifications under my belt. If I thought completing University had been stressful; I was in for a bigger shock. I was about to enter the ‘real world’.
If you’re a final year student or a recent graduate, I’m sure you can imagine how daunting this whole process is. The thought of becoming an adult and leaving behind the luxury of being a student was bittersweet. I would be swapping the long summer breaks for limited annual leave; the two hour lectures for a 9-5 and not to mention having little to no time to binge watch Netflix series. I mean the list goes on.
However, despite my fears and anxiety, it wasn’t all doom and gloom and I actually had something very exciting to look forward too. I was fortunate enough to have lined up an internship with Samphire Communications, which I would be starting in August.
To be completely honest with you I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had completed an internship with a PR company the summer before, but this time I would be carrying out a new role as Samphire’s social media intern.
From day one, I was pretty much thrown into the action and honestly this was the best thing that could have happened. Was I nervous- yes! But, I knew how valuable getting this experience was, so, there was no point sitting awkwardly on the side-lines, I had to get stuck in! Not to mention, there was always someone from the team ensuring that I was on track and comfortable with whatever I was doing, so I never felt abandoned.
One of my main tasks was coming up with ideas and a strategy on how to improve the company’s LinkedIn page and their blog. This was my bread and butter, especially as several of my University modules had involved creating news sites, creating content for them and finding ways to increase traffic and engagement, so I naturally found myself fully immersed in it all.
Aside from this, I was also tasked with creating social media plans for clients, scheduling posts, interacting with their audiences and even had the opportunity to attend a photoshoot-this was probably my favourite part because it meant free food!
Before I knew it, I had been interning for a good three weeks and fully felt like one of the chicks. The commute from Reading to London had grown on me and the busy area of Fitzrovia was becoming familiar to me. So, when I was asked if I would intern until the end of September rather than finish at the end of August, I accepted without hesitation.
My social role continued as usual, but I also now had the responsibilities of the PR intern, meaning my hands were even fuller, but I was super excited to be experiencing the best of both worlds.
As my two months of interning came to an end, one day I was called into a meeting with the big boss- scary! She told me how impressed they had been with the work I had carried out over the past weeks and to my surprise I was offered a permanent position as Social Media Executive!
I couldn’t believe it and sometimes I still have to pinch myself, however, I’m extremely excited and grateful to be able to do what I love every day! My advice for anyone looking for an internship or currently interning would be to make sure that you put 100% into everything you do because you just never know the good that could come from it! I certainly didn’t!
If you enjoyed this post, keep your eyes peeled for our next one!