Major: English/Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2017
Q: What is your internship position?
A: I am the social media intern for the International Hoccleve Society, based on the medieval poet, Thomas Hoccleve.
Q: What were your responsibilities for the internship?
A: With this internship, I managed our Twitter, LinkedIn, and Storify account. I use our popular hash tag, #HoccleveTravels, to promote our society and bring awareness to old English. I meet with Dr. Varand in the English department once a week to go over our agenda for the week and strategizing how to grow the brand.
Q: How is it managing these accounts and promoting the I.H.S.?
A: I really enjoy it, but the one struggle I consistently have is relating Thomas Hoccleve’s language to modern day. Even I occasionally have difficulty understanding what he is saying, so I have to make sure our readers can understand as well. I also have to incorporate humor to keep our followers interested.
Q: Did you have any work experience prior to this internship?
A: Yes. I worked in the student center at the information desk. Now, I work in the back office of the student center and am responsible for supplying technology for the building. This ranges from giving the right equipment to clubs, to setting up major events in the theater and café.
Q: What do you like the most about your internship?
A: What I enjoy most is the flexible schedule I have, since most of my work is online. Besides meeting Dr. Varand once a week, I am free to do whatever I please, as long as my work gets done. To many this may seem easy, but I have to make sure I hit my quota for social media activity. I don’t know how I would manage all this with my 21 credit semester if I had to physically be somewhere.
Q: What are your career goals?
A: Despite my social media and English experience, my career goal is to go into elementary education . I am in my second semester of my clinical placement of elementary education and begin student teaching next year. I am excited to have this opportunity next year.
Q: How helpful do you feel this internship, and internships in general are?
A: I feel they are one of the main criteria for landing your first job in your early career. In my case, even though my social media internship is not directly correlated to the field I am going into, the professionalism and experience I am gaining is very beneficial. Everyone will need to know how to effectively communicate and use technology. My writing background helps as well.
Q: Any advice to other students eager to gain experience?
A: Being proactive is the most important thing I would recommend for anyone looking for a internship or fulltime job. Also, make sure that you are doing the work for the job. Do not slack and be very qualified for the position. As long as you do the work required you will always be fine. Lastly, I would stress the importance of networking.