In this week's post, Katrina speaks to three other CAPA London students who are interning abroad to find out about their individual experiences.
Having the opportunity to intern while abroad is a major benefit of studying abroad with CAPA and gives students the professional edge of having global work experience as they move forward in their careers. The internship team at CAPA works tirelessly to place each student in their desired field, in an internship where they will get hands-on experience and gain both hard and soft skills that will transfer to future employment. My peers at CAPA have a wide range of internship placements, from non-profits, to start-ups, from government offices to creative jobs.
Meet Megan, John, and Audrey, three CAPA students who are interning abroad in London this semester! All three are third-year students hailing from Rollins College and are interning in areas directly related to their fields of study.
Megan Cury is a business and social entrepreneurship major interning at Adventure Ashram, a small nonprofit organization that funds health and education projects in India. Her daily tasks include posting to social media, emailing partners and clients and coordinating fundraising events. Megan has learned the ins and outs of managing a professional social media account and is, “more confident at writing social media posts and website stories. The first weeks I was very tentative and it took me forever to write a simple story, but now I am more efficient at writing.” She said her internship has given her the hard skills of being efficient and communicating with her supervisors to complete tasks despite the different communication style being a challenge at first. “People in London are a lot less detailed with their instructions, so it can be hard to figure out exactly what they want you to do,” she said. Another benefit of having an internship: it gives you the opportunity to explore all sides of a business and dip your toe into areas you may or may not be interested in. “This internship has already helped to give me insight on what I want to do after I graduate from college. I have realized that I enjoy working on the financial side of the business much more than the communication side,” said Megan, “but I am definitely grateful for the opportunity to experience both.”
Photo: Audrey Wang at Westminster Hall
Audrey Wang is an international relations minor and interning at the office of Vinendra Sharma, a member of Parliament. Her largest task is responding to constituents who write into the office voicing their concerns. Audrey’s job is to make sure she fully understands Sharma’s view on a given issue before thoughtfully responding to concerned constituents. Audrey noted an interesting contrast between working in Parliament and her past experience working on Capitol Hill in the US. She said the two experiences really helped her get a better understanding of international politics as a whole. Aside from countless professional opportunities, interning with CAPA gives students time to ease into working full time and develop habits that will help them succeed professionally after graduation. “Having an internship has helped me become more of a morning person,” Audrey said. “I’ve developed a routine that helps me start my day on a positive note instead of just rushing off to class when I wake up.”
Photo: John Ricardel exploring London before a video shoot
John Ricardel is a communication studies major with a minor in film studies and is interning at East City Films this semester. The film production company produces a variety of different types of films (including commercials, features, and television content), and John’s role is to keep everything in the office running smoothly and efficiently, including organizing the physical space, uploading and transferring files, editing film footage, and working on social media. Before coming to London, John prepared for his internship by watching some films the company had previously produce so he felt comfortable and confident with their creative style. He is really grateful for the opportunity to work in a production company and improve his hard skills that will help him as he pursues a career in the film industry. Oftentimes, an internship helps students figure out what they don’t want in a career. In John’s case, the opposite is true, “[My internship] just keeps on reminding me that this job is what I want to do when I graduate college. Working a film production company is so much fun and interesting.” John’s best advice for interns in a creative field, “Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Come up with ideas when you are at your internship. Talk to the other employees. Internships are like a practice round before you go into the real world, you get to learn from professionals and you are prepared more for when you do graduate.”
My own internship experience at Beauty and the Dirt has taught given me so much valuable experience and skills that will help me on any career path. Having an internship is something that employers look for when hiring recent graduates, and the experiences I’ve had during my internship with CAPA have provided concrete examples that I can talk about during job interviews. It was so interesting for me to talk to other CAPA interns and hear their experiences, too.
Katrina's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.