Day one of my internship at the Lab brought the expected nerves and pressure to impress. I am a rising junior at Boston University but as a Tampa native, I am home for the summer. To stay ahead of the game, I felt it important to find a summer internship. My coursework and extracurricular activities have given me minor exposure to agency work, but Ms. Demmi and Lab3 have given me the opportunity to observe and experience firsthand work within a real agency.
In spite of my first day nerves, the team made me feel like my work was important and my opinion was valued—before I had even finished any tasks. I had been in the Lab for less than an hour, but a comfortable workspace had been cleared, laughter had been shared, and an encouraging environment had been created. Needless to say, the nerves began to settle.
My main task for the day was working on a client’s Twitter account. I spent what felt like forever unfollowing irrelevant accounts and researching influencers that the company should follow. What felt like a seemingly simple task was rewarded when I was able to present my work and converse with David about what makes a good influencer and why my suggestions fit the criteria.
Taking a break from the computer, I was able to join the team in their weekly traffic meeting. In just one day I had the opportunity to work intimately with one client and also observe the inner workings of the agency’s core operations.
No matter how many Twitter clicks are in my future, I am excited to return to the Lab and continue my temporary journey in the “real” world.