Hello fellow blog readers! A quick introduction: my name is McKenna Rohner, I’m from San Diego, California, and I’m about to enter my senior year at CU Boulder. I plan to graduate May 2018 from the College of Media, Communication and Information, majoring in Communications and Business.
This summer I accepted an offer to work as dovetail solutions new PR intern in Downtown Denver!
Like most new jobs, the first couple of weeks are a huge learning curve. You want to make great impressions, stay busy, ask questions and help out with anything you can. At dovetail, this process has been very comfortable. The staff is friendly, the communication is organized, I’m always busy and there is a lot of flexibility regarding the projects I can take on.
I think it’s important to find an organization that genuinely cares about its employees, whether you are part-time, full-time, or an intern such as I am. I want to add value wherever I’m interning, and providing quality work that actually helps co-workers is a great feeling. If I was filing papers all day or sitting at my desk until someone approached me with a new “busy work” assignment, I probably wouldn’t feel like I’m making a substantial footprint in that business. So far, every day at dovetail solutions a different employee has asked me what I’m most interested in and what projects I would like to be working on.
That is how you know you’re involved with an amazing program – when co-workers will go out of their way to see how they can get you included and knowledgeable in areas YOU want to have real world experience in.
School is great, but real life experience is so much better. Every summer in college I’ve had an internship, and seeing the day-to-day operations of an organization is something every school can’t offer. Essentially, having a “bad” internship is sometimes just as valuable as having a “good” one. It helps young people get a taste of what life might be like after college (scary, I know). And, it can be a huge wake-up call if you find yourself working for a place you thought would be your dream job, but in reality, wasn’t the right fit.
So far at dovetail, I’ve worked on a press release for The Neenan Company, a press release for Confluent Development, updated a social media campaign for Century Communities, made observations and notes on Mile High Home Pro’s website, started an editorial calendar for dovetail’s social media platforms and have done a fair amount of research regarding the best practices in all of these areas. (Google is my friend.)
I’ve loved every minute of it. I’m amazed with how motivated I am walking into work every day, and I always feel comfortable asking questions. I found the right fit this summer, and I’m very excited for what’s yet to come!