Internship experience is an exciting milestone in any student’s academic and professional journey. To sum up, looking back on the last few months of my internship, I am filled with accomplishments, growth, and gratitude. Through this article, I aim to provide a glimpse into my experiences, invaluable lessons, and developments I encountered along the way.
The Start of My Internship Experience
Firstly, stress and uncertainty are normal states of mind before starting any new experience. On the very first day of my experience I was included in a dynamic and diverse work environment. After adapting to the group, the first step is to familiarize yourself with the company’s operations, structure and culture. With the guidance of office manager Viktoria and the mentoring of CEO Katri, I was able to practice soft skills. The supportive and collaborative work atmosphere made the environment where it was great to learn and grow.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my internship was the opportunity to take part in real-world projects. The first one was about managing staff email, which required a lot of responsibility from me. It gave an opportunity to apply practical knowledge.
A few weeks later I was given a personal project that I worked on for over a month. This project was to generate content, and administrate the blog website. I felt a lot of responsibility on this, and it felt very rewarding. I gained various transferable skills, which I believe will be useful in my professional life. After dealing with the content creation by myself I got an opportunity to teach an another intern to do the same. As a result of transferring my knowledge, I felt a great sense of achievement.
No internship experience is a good experience without challenges. Adapting to new processes, meeting deadlines, and effectively collaborating with team members required patience and problem-solving skills. One of the most important learning outcomes is to ask questions.
I was able to overcome the difficulties of the tasks by asking questions. No one is going to judge you, if you ask questions. You are able to gain a great deal of knowledge by communicating with the higher staff.
Each obstacle served as a valuable learning opportunity, and overcoming them contributed to my personal and professional growth.
Some of the repetitive working tasks, as managing databases, or handling emails, may feel boring. One possible solution here is to learn doing such working tasks faster.
Personal and Professional Growth
As the internship progressed, I witnessed significant growth within myself, personally and professionally. The exposure to challenges, gaining practical skills, and the cultivation of a professional mindset have undoubtedly prepared me for the next steps of my future career.
In addition to technical skills, I developed a work ethic, effective communication and an eye for detail – the soft skills that will surely serve me well in the future.
Internship Experience – Overall
My internship experience with Katrium has been an invaluable learning experience that has left a lasting impact on my personal and professional growth. From the nervous beginning to the confident end, I have seen how I have developed into a more skilled and capable person.