It hardly feels like last week since I began my internship as a communications assistant, but somehow yesterday was my last day. When I applied for the role, I felt hugely under-qualified and highly unlikely to get the role but I pulled it out of the bag! I thought it would be a nice thing for me to document the tongue in cheek life lessons interning has taught me.

Commuting is hell


I commuted to university, so this isn’t exactly news to me – or anyone who has been on a First Great Western train – but FGW really kicked it up a notch this summer. Despite summer being Bath’s busiest time for tourists, the great people in train management decided now would be the best time to electrify the rail lines. This has meant my lovely eight-carriage-with-plug-sockets train home has been replaced with a not-so-lovely-barely-has-seat-covers-two-carriage train. Which is even better now that Dylan commutes with me five days a week! Luckily, this rail work ends on Monday, lucky me!
People will ask you how to use a computer
Maybe it’s just my internship, but for the first couple of weeks I ended up acting as Microsoft support.   I even set up some wireless speakers for someone, which I had never before attempted to do before that day. I didn’t mind, of course, I was more than happy to help, and I think it really helped me to improve my teaching skills if you will, and speak more effectively when giving instructions.
Busy people are lazy people
I mean this in the nicest way I swear but it seems to be the case. As I was working to help GPs, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, I quickly realised how valuable their time is. If they can only give 10 minutes to a patient, then they sure as hell can’t spend 20 minutes trying to work out how the intranet works! Which is a good thing, really. It means being to the point in everything you do, and making sure everything you work on has a real purpose.
I seem more confident than I am
I’ve had to speak in front of crowds and tell them about all the goings on in the comms world, and I’ve joked around with trustees and the chair of our organisation. My manager often remarked on how cool and easy-going I am in front of others, or in public speaking, and it really isn’t something I’ve ever thought myself as.

I could go on for ages and list things, but I’m going to cut it short! I am really sad to be leaving my internship, but also happy about my new role starting next month. Although I hadn’t considered a role in communications, it allowed me to work on my existing digital marketing skills as well as develop new skills elsewhere.

Have you ever been an intern? Would you consider it?