By Madison Job
On January 10th I woke up with butterflies in my stomach and maybe a little bit of hunger. It was the first day of my VERY first internship of my young career. Earlier in the fall semester of 2016 I went out on a whim and decided to submit an application to be part of the communications department in the Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder.
January 17th, 2017.
Barely a week into working I accidentally
sat down to devour my lunch only to see the Lt. Gov. of Michigan smiling at me from across the table. Was there a polite way to scarf my lunch down because I was so hungry? Probably not. The job description definitely did not include business-professional lunch mannerisms required. So, I sat up straight and engaged in normal conversation and left the lunch room feeling like I was on top of the world. I love my internship.
State of the State Address
Later that jam-packed/overwhelmingly exciting day, was the delivery of Gov. Snyder’s seventh State of the State address at the Capitol in Lansing. I was given credentials to enter and was launched into the hustle and bustle of state government. That same night I not only met Gov. Snyder but had to opportunity to sit in on a one-on-one interview with the press— a night that I will never forget.
What have I learned so far?
The fluidity of knowledge available to me is exceptional. Not even a month in, I already feel like a new person. Building upon this foundation of skills that will be carried on into my future is something that I will always be grateful for. From answering the phone, effectively meeting deadlines and building relationships with my co-workers are bits of character I hope that are instilled within me as I continue to more forward. My overall confidence in both myself and my own voice have blossomed extensively. Ultimately, I’ve learned that the internship is what I make of it and I choose to make it amazing.
Goals before leaving:
After this internship is over, I hope to have established at least two professional contacts for future endeavors. I hope to become a more confident individual when it comes to writing or taking initiative if no one else is around. I hope to build my professional portfolio for seeking out my next journey, and ultimately I hope to enjoy this opportunity as much as I possibly can.