Internships are not always a requirement for college students, but it’s an experience that is recommended. Whether you’re just starting college or you’re a semester away from graduating, immersing yourself in the work field is an excellent decision.
Summer 2018, United Way of Northeast Florida’s marketing department had the pleasure of working with Brean Powell, an advertising major from University of Florida. Check out her top 10 highlights from her experience as the first creative services intern in United Way’s marketing department.
Always stay professional
Everyone at this organization seems to have such a good and professional relationship. They all speak so highly of each other and I have never heard anyone speak negatively about anyone else.
Find your passion
With United Way being a nonprofit organization it is obvious that everyone here is passionate about their community. I have realized that if you are passionate about what you do it will never seem like work.
The marketing team here does a wonderful job at communicating with each other. In addition, if needed they have individual huddles to make sure they are on the same page and working together.
Encourage your team
The marketing team here is truly a family. I saw first hand on several occasions how they care for one another, not just their work lives, but their personal lives as well. They were always there to pick each other up when needed.
The marketing team meets weekly to make sure everyone’s priorities are straight for the week and ensure everyone is working to the best of their ability.
A lot happens in an organization as big as United Way, but all of my mentors have been great examples of how to stay organized and divide and conquer.
How to apply skills
As a college student, you are constantly learning new skills and new programs for your degree; however, it is not until you get real life experience that you get to apply them. United Way has taught me so much more than the basic skills I have learned in classes.
Work hard no matter what
Whatever tasks you are given, give it your all and be proud of your work.
Making meaningful connections
Go beyond networking and establish relationships. It’s so much better than simply exchanging information. Give them something to remember about you.
Never be afraid to ask questions
I have to say I am the queen of questions and noone was ever mad at me for asking too many questions. Everyone is great and they want the best for you, so don’t be afraid to speak up.
United Way encourages both local and statewide students to apply for internships. For more information on available opportunities, visit unitedwaynefl.org/careers.