Summer Internship: Then and Now

Summer internships are a great tool to utilize while in school or in the mid-term of finding a real job. I’ve utilized it for two summers now and I wouldn’t trade these two summers for anything because both of my internships have given me incredible life experience that I will take with me into the professional world. Now that I have these two internships under my belt I can definitely see the similarities and differences of the two.

I’ll start with my summer internship then…

I was about to start my senior year of college and I needed an internship in television. Summer internships for the television industry are in my area but they are extremely competitive, so I feel I was lucky enough that I got the opportunity to intern with CW44 Tampa Bay.

This was probably the best first internship I could have had because I learned the inner workings of a television station. I was able to write articles for their website that actually got published. I also got to shadow and help with the production of their shows and commercials along with the three other interns. The biggest thing we got to do was create a mock promotional campaign for their fall programming. We all worked together to create the look of the campaign, as well as using the studio to film examples of what promos would look like. Once we were finished we presented it to everyone who had worked with us over the summer, and as nerve wrecking as that was (for me at least) it was just as rewarding when we were applauded for being the first group of interns to do something on that level.

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Filming day at CW44

I feel like CW44 was a great first internship because I got to see the day to day of working in a television station, which is what I want to do in the future. I tried to apply to other internships in following semesters but decided with work, school and extracurricular activities that it would be best to take a break from the outside world of internships. School gave me a lot of experience for my field anyways so it wasn’t a total “break” from learning about the professional world that I will join one day soon.

Moving on to my summer internship now…

It’s weird how things come about, and my internship with Limelight Photography was one of those things that I found and decided to take a chance on. I’m glad I did because even if I’m not getting experience in the news field I’m still getting professional experience that will help me immensely in the future. Rebecca, the owner of Limelight, is all about having a learning environment which is great as an intern because it takes a lot of the pressure off.

I came on as a video/ public relations intern and as the summer went on I brainstormed with her on how I can utilize my skills with video editing. We have a couple of ideas in the works and I’m really excited to get the ball rolling on those projects. On top of being a video intern, I’ve also gotten the chance to shadow at a few weddings, help with an intern retreat, and even take home a camera to learn how to use it on my own time. Now that I’m officially returning for fall I’m excited to continue my journey as a Limelight intern to see what else I can learn while I’m there.

Shadowing at a wedding for Limelight

Shadowing at a wedding for Limelight

I believe that certain things happen for a reason, and both of these internships have clear reasons on how they have or will affect my life in the future. I can go on for hours on how both internships have helped me so far but in short, CW44 gave me experience in the field I want to go into and Limelight is giving me experience and skills that will help me in my future profession. I’m so grateful for both of these internships, and if there’s one piece of advice I can give on looking for an internship it’s that you should look at every option and figure out what’s best for you. Even if it’s not the internship you thought you would have at least apply and see how things work out, the best option will stand out when you least expect it.

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