Goodbye Coffee Runs!

4 Oct, 2010  |  Written by  |  under internship update

 

For many students, internships are seen as a step in the right direction towards their career but not an essential one. But as today’s job market evolves and changes, internships are becoming an essential resource along with an education and the right GPA. Three weeks ago my plan was to find an internship solely to fulfill a requirement for class and possibly, if I was lucky, gain valuable work experience. However, the initial thought of an internship brought the idea of coffee runs instead of actual work to mind.

So far I have not made one coffee run. Although participating in a virtual internship makes these runs near to impossible, I believe my lack of knowing the Starbucks employees by name is because Justin and Dreama know the value of an intern.

While virtual employees do not have the benefit of meeting their bosses, I was fortunate enough to have a face-to-face meeting with them followed by dinner. This gave me a great chance to get to know the founders of the company on a more personal basis. The meeting also cleared up a lot of confusion and was helpful in setting a direction to where Justin and Dreama wanted me to be.

Unfortunately after the meeting I was sick with strep and unable to work for a few days. However, the great part of having a virtual internship is that there are no set hours and you’re able to work from home. Although I wasn’t a hundred percent better, I was still able to get some work done. The following week

After setting up many social networking accounts, the university database became my number one priority because of the nearing soft launch date. Ashley, also an intern, was able to train me over Skype on what information to gather and how to conduct the necessary phone calls. Since then I have been in contact with numerous universities and transferred the information to the main database.

The database pretty much takes up all my time. However, I was able to watch a few clips Justin sent of other soft launches to get ideas of how to attract new affiliates. Along with the clips, I worked on an Easy Intern Assignment about facebook fan pages. I watched a video training session between Craig Collins and Justin Lee, where I filled out a checklist. Interns will use this list later on when they want to set-up and improve a company’s fan page. I actually found the training session to be very insightful and an incredible asset to have. The step-by-step instructions made it easy to follow and answered every question I might have had.

While an internship is proving to be difficult to juggle with school and other responsibilities, I’m glad I’m not on coffee runs.

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