I remember my first experience as an intern. It was for an investment bank when I was 16 years old – young, ambitious but utterly clueless as to what actually happened in the working world, let alone the “exotic credit division”. One thing that I did appreciate was the experience of being in the apotheosis of a challenging, vibrant and noisy working environment, especially when so young. It gave me a feel of what the real world was like, and made me begin to think about my future in a serious way.
I have gone from a grungy teenager paradoxically dressed in a suit and thrust into the finance world, to an indie mophead working at a music magazine, to a clean shaven ‘Harvey Spector’ wannabe in a law firm, to finally a PR professional. During all of these internships (and identity crises), I have learned how to ensure the internship process is as valuable and productive as possible – and not the stereotypical experience of tea making and photocopying.read more