Internship Insight – Taking the first step

Walk in with good morning greetings; set up computer; rustle through kitchen putting lunch away and preparing breakfast; reconvene at desk and start on morning news reviews while eating. By my third week as an intern at Trainer Communications that became my morning routine.

Hi, name’s Grace. I’m an intern at Trainer and loving every minute of it. I came to Trainer with a marketing and communications background (specifically social media, event coordination, and video production, if you’re curious). My last job encompassed public relations (PR) and eventually it became apparent that PR is the path I should take. So, I moved back to the Bay Area to develop my skills within the agency setting.

I chose Trainer because I believe they understand that marketing and communications are becoming an integrated field, and feature public relations as their bread and butter. Trainer is a great place to learn solid PR skills because they combine PR, content development and social media for our clients.

There are so many ways your career can begin to grow. Below are 4 pieces of advice for my fellow young professionals.

Always be ready and willing.
Here at Trainer you learn the processes and then jump right in. Of course, no one is going to shove you in the fire and wish you the best of luck—questions are always encouraged and support is always provided. Just be ready to learn the traits to make you successful, and be willing to take on even the toughest challenges.

If you want to be a part of something, ASK!
Trainer definitely offers a wide variety of client services. When I offered to help cut videos, it landed me on the video production team. My willingness to contribute also provided the opportunity to help coordinate Trainer’s Media SharkTank event, providing tactical support for social media in addition to my daily duties on the security team. I’m telling you, ask.

Take time for you.
This is my favorite part about Trainer. They encourage you to close the laptop, step back, and take a break. If my colleagues didn’t remind me to pack up for the day, take lunch, or ask me to take a walk around the pond, work would be a lot harder.

Our first priority is to learn.
Most importantly, just know that you don’t have to take on the world at the beginning. It’s called the start for a reason. In the words of my account manager, “success is measured by the progress and growth as a professional.”