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Week One of my Remote Global Internship

Feb 24, 2021 9:53:00 AM / by Savanna Nolau

This semester Savanna will be interning remotely with Young Citizens, a UK-based charity. With her first week done and dusted, see how she's picked up on balancing her workload and the time difference, while connecting with her colleagues and peers, as well as the environment around her.

I have officially completed my first week as a remote intern at Young Citizens in London! The closer I got to starting, the more overwhelmed I started to feel. I was putting so much pressure on myself to present myself as a model employee, but all my nerves eased when I spoke with my site supervisor on my first day.

Throughout the process, CAPA has reassured us students that we are going to be gaining real world experience through this program, but we are also students taking an almost full course load and our placements are aware of this. Before I started, I was having a hard time figuring out how I was going to balance school and work, but now that I have received my first few tasks, I have set the perfect schedule for myself.

During my time working for this charity, I will gain professional development and writing experience, support the marketing team in social media campaigns to garner financial support, and help design those campaigns.

Young Citizens is a charity that helps implement civics classes in schools around the United Kingdom. They believe that educating young people on the process of democracy will in turn create a democracy in which every individual can reach their potential. They offer a variety of services to carry out their mission across the country.

My first task, besides completing an array of onboarding paperwork and company readings, is to compile a list of potential writers for their online blog. This blog is a place where people can show off their experiences with the company or promote ideas aligned with Young Citizen’s mission.

I have found that the time change—eight hours—has very little impact on the work I am doing. There is an hour overlap between my work hours and the work hours of my supervisor, so each morning I start by updating her on my previous day’s work and then when we discuss what I am planning to complete for that day.

Skiing in NorCalSkiing with my friend, Sophie Shron, in NorCal.

Not only do we talk about work, but we also talk about our personal lives, an element of professional relationships I thought was going to be lost when working remotely. It is important to get to know your coworkers and foster professional relationships. Without getting to know each other, my internship would feel less fulfilling.

Exploring the Venice Canals in California.Exploring the Venice Canals in the nearby neighborhood of Venice. 

In addition to my placement, I attend a weekly CAPA Global Internship Course (GIC) that is aimed to create a space where students can reflect and share any concerns they have about their internships. We also work together to learn about the professional world. My course section is filled with students who are placed in either London or Sydney, so I can connect with my peers to learn more about my placement city as well as learn about a new city.

The combination of online work and online school means that I am on my laptop for the majority of the day. In my GIC class, we talked about the importance of being able to step away from a screen and enjoy other facets of life. On my breaks between class and work, I like to immediately put away my laptop and enjoy what’s left of daylight in the sun.

Sunset at Manhattan Beach. Sunset at Manhattan Beach. 

This semester I am fortunate enough to be living in Los Angeles with my closest friends. As a result, we have access to some of the prettiest beaches and some of the big ski areas. One weekend, we went to a town near Tahoe and skied. Most days, we enjoy exploring nearby neighborhoods and taking beach walks at sunset.

Thanks, Savanna!

Savanna Nolau

Savanna Nolau is an official Remote CAPA blogger/vlogger for spring 2021, sharing her story in frequent posts on CAPA World. An International Relations  major from Suffolk University, she is remotely studying abroad and interning in London this semester.

Savanna's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.

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Topics: London, England, Internships Abroad