The Intern Life

The Intern Life

This week marks the fifth week that I have been in D.C. – time is flying! The majority of my week is spent interning at the Maryland Women’s Business Center, an awesome non-profit that helps women entrepreneurs in the DC area start and grow their businesses by providing counseling, workshops and other resources to these entrepreneurs. So far it has been a really great experience, and I’ve been learning a lot about non-profits in general, how Women’s Business Centers work, marketing skills and more. Plus, everyone I work with has been really welcoming and great to work with, which is always a positive thing.

I work Tuesday through Thursday, and I always have to start my day off with about a 45 minute commute to Rockville on the metro. At first, I was really bummed that I was going to have to spend about an hour and a half each day sitting in a crowded and hot train with nothing to look at, but now it’s not even that big of a deal anymore. I’ve been reading my kindle and have been taking advantage of the free stripped-down version of the Washington Post that gets handed out in the metro stations in the morning, so it’s usually a fairly relaxing metro ride. 

During the day, I’ve been learning how to use Constant Contact, which is a program used in online marketing, learning how to make updates to the website, updating information about events on various calendars, and organizing information in their databases. This past week was especially exciting because I got to go to some additional events throughout the week, mostly on Wednesday. My boss invited me to attend one of the MWBC’s workshops that focused on leadership and strengths. We had to take an online survey-type thing called Strengths Finder, where you are given pairs of statements and you chose which one is more representative of you. It's definitely interesting to see the results and they were surprisingly spot on – Responsibility, Individuality, Positivity, Includer, and Strategic. In the workshop, they talked about ways you can better use these strengths in your job and personal life and why it is important to focus on your strengths as well as your weaknesses. It was really interesting, and I was glad that I had the opportunity to attend this workshop. Afterward, we drove to Frederick County, MD because my boss had a meeting there. I’ve only seen business meetings on TV shows, so I was curious to be able to observe a real life business meeting. At some parts of the meeting, I was completely lost with what was going on since I didn’t know exactly what each person in the meeting was representing and I hadn’t been to the previous meetings, but overall it was a good experience.

The other event that I had the opportunity to go to last week was a Networking Luncheon. I was nervous and not sure what to expect because it was my first time going to a networking event and sometimes I can be sort of shy, so the thought of a networking event sounded as much fun as getting my wisdom teeth pulled. But in the end, it wasn’t bad at all, and I would be willing to go to more networking events in the future. At this event, there was informal networking before the lunch started and then at each lunch table, everyone had a minute to explain who they were, what they do for a living, why there were at this event, and at the end everyone exchanged business cards. It was not as stressful as I was expecting it to be, and my coworker was nice enough to coach me through it.

So that’s what I’ve been up to this summer at my internship!

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