Real Life: My Internship Experience – Christina

ChristinawithbannerWho: Christina Baselice
Hometown: Austin, TX
Major: Communication Studies with a focus in Corporate Communications
Q: Where did you work and what did they have you doing?
A: For about a year now I’ve interned at Harris Media which is an Austin-based digital media firm that specializes in strategic political communications. In a nutshell, we’re the people that place the ads, write the emails, develop the websites, and help come up with content for social media for a variety of political figures. I’m lucky to have an internship that lets me do what I’m interested in, which (day-to-day speaking) is split between working on account exec “tasks” as well as graphics projects. In the time that I’ve been there I’ve been able to take on some accounts of my own which is been the best learning experience any intern could ask for.
Q: What was the environment like there?
A: To sum it up in two words: bean bags. The physical environment is everything you could want in a company, what with the bright colors and vivid atmosphere. With an open-concept layout, everyone has access to each other across the office which is one of the main reasons the entire company is able to function as a team. With the “dev table” just inches away from the “account exec row” which is directly next to the “graphics table” everyone is within arm’s reach (in a good way!).
Q: What is something you learned?
A: You’re going to make mistakes…like sending out a fundraising email to thousands of people who shouldn’t receive it. We always say, when you make a mistake the best way to get over it is to stop thinking about it. Internalize the fact that you messed up, then move on. If you let the mistake control you then it’s all you’re going to think about and you’re more likely to make it again.
Q: Is there anything you wish you had known before taking the job?
A: I didn’t expect to be there as long as I did, but when things are a match they just work out. In retrospect I wish I hadn’t stressed so much about finding the perfect internship. It found me.
Q: Do you have any tips for college students who are looking for internships/jobs?
A: Even if you don’t know what you want to do long-term, just do something! The more things you try and find out you dislike (or like!) the more you can check off (or add to!) your list of job criteria.
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