Holy internship. I’ve spent the past 6 months absorbing as much as humanly possible from this wonderful company, and now I get an attempt at appropriately summing it all up in one blog post. Challenge accepted.
First and foremost, I’d like to introduce the role of an intern in the trendiest way I can think of, that is: being an intern is kind of like being an eager PokemonGo trainer. You want to learn everything, catch every lesson and insight, and you mean well, but you’re most likely always in someone’s way or bumping into something or getting abnormally excited about what everyone else considers a mundane task… like walking into a meeting room.
Writing for THR33FOLD has been an incredible experience. I’ve learned my strengths, my weaknesses, how to embody different brands’ voices, how to concept, how to pitch, how to fail, how to revise, and most importantly how to take revision. One thing I’ll always value of THR33FOLD’s is their constant effort towards clear and meaningful accomplishments. Every once in a while– just when the team needed it– our leadership would set a meeting centered around THR33FOLD’s mission, goals, vision, and progress in all thr33 arenas. That was everything– to feel like we’re making a difference in the world through so many varying avenues is just downright fulfilling, and I’ll continuously pursue that passion throughout my career.
In true millennial fashion, I’d like to include a listicle of lessons learned and reoccurring thoughts throughout my time here:
• Working in an office that has more important things to worry about than whether your shoes are open-toed or not, is more refreshing than one would think.
• Puns are good for the soul, but even better for in-house emails.
• 4:30 p.m. puppy playtime isn’t a privilege, it’s a catalyst to genius and productivity.
• Starting your ever-dreaded naïve intern question with, “Oh hey, it’s me, your favorite intern” is a great distraction from how annoying you feel you’re being.
• Dumb questions do, in fact, exist. What’s more important is how you communicate your questions and how you absorb the answers.
• If someone does a good job–even if they’re senior to you– commend them on it; no one is above receiving a compliment.
• If you’re the one who shows up to work with wet hair, pat yourself on the back. You’re either really committed to that Orange Theory class or you’re a master at maximizing your sleep schedule.
• Be ready and able to defend everything you produce, from word choice, to graphic selection, to hours logged. No employer wants to be taken advantage of, and more importantly no employer wants to feel like a babysitter.
• Last but not least, never let a revision or lecture make you feel less talented. The day you stop receiving corrections is the day you need to worry; people will only ask of you what they know you’re capable of.
I’d hate for this to come off like a pretentious Oscar acceptance speech, but I’m so thankful to have landed here out of all places. I was nurtured, educated, encouraged, and influenced in so many ways. I was taken in as part of the THR33FOLD family, and fully recognize that I couldn’t be more #Blessed.
By: Kathleen Gaeta