Madeline Messina is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Advertising major and a French and Francophone Studies minor at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post, Madeline tells us about her internship in Dublin and how she feels being a part of her new team.
Getting settled into life in Dublin has been a huge undertaking. From overcoming jetlag, to buying groceries, to getting to know the city and site-seeing, it has been hard to find a free moment. But it has been surprisingly easy to adjust to life here, especially now that I have my internship adding a bit of structure to what was a little hectic at first.
Over the course of my study abroad, I am interning with Guaranteed Irish, a firm whose job it is to promote companies under their umbrella for operating mostly in Ireland. They support a diverse and inclusive Irishness, an idea that I am very eager to get behind. That is why I was so pleased to see how excited the team was to be spreading such a positive message when I went in for my first day.
At first it was a little intimidating walking up to their office. The street that Guaranteed Irish is on is full of businesses and busy people on their way to work.
I walked up to Guaranteed Irish, another brownstone with a bright yellow door, rang the bell for their office, and waited to be buzzed in.
Right off of the bat, my supervisor was incredibly nice. She offered me a cup of tea or coffee, something that my CAPA professor said was customary on the first day. We then just sat and chatted for a bit before delving into business. Already this was very different from the states, since in the past, my internships started right away with a tour of the entire buildings and getting straight to work.
After we enjoyed our tea, my supervisor gave me some literature to read to better get to know the company.
Immediately following, we delved straight into creative work. We talked first about what improvements could be made to the website. I was surprised how much my opinions were valued. A lot of my thoughts on the website will likely be implemented, and that is very rewarding. I also started mocking up graphics for a promotional campaign they’re starting, and it seemed like the CEO and my supervisor really liked them and were eager to see them as finished products.
As an American intern, I am very used to being the learner in the situation; I always got more out of the internship than the internship got from me. But now I feel like I really have a chance to make a mark with my ideas since I already feel very valued and trusted. This made me wonder if this is a cultural difference or just something special about my company, so I started asking my fellow students how their internships were. Everyone I have talked to that has been placed into an internship seems to have a lot of responsibility and trust lain on them. I really like this compared to the States because it gives interns a chance to show what they’re capable of and gain great experience.
By the end of this experience at Guaranteed Irish, I hopefully will be able to say that I created something that was actually used by the company. That would have an immense impact on my future career. I’m very glad I have been given this opportunity to work here, and I am so excited to help promote the company since it has a very powerful objective to increase Irish jobs and show Irish consumers how important it is to buy Irish. Working in Ireland gives me the great new experience of being a valued team member to a non-profit with a cause to get behind, and I am very thankful for that.
Madeline's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.