When most people imagine what it means to be an intern, they likely think, “he/she’s there to get coffee, staple papers together and make the lives of the people that actually work at the company easier.” That’s not how my experience was at EPIC Creative®. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about other internships that start off with, “well, I’m not getting paid – I’m gaining experience, and that’s what matters.” While experience is important, having to take out yet another loan for groceries and gas is a slow-moving death for a person’s financial stability. Here at EPIC, I got it all: work experience, a group of co-workers that actually helped me while becoming my friends, and payment for my services. That is what I call a pretty sweet deal.
As my internship began to come to an end last summer, I was offered the opportunity to stay on as the long-term intern through the rest of my college career. This was one of the most exciting things that could have happened to me. I was going on my seventh year of college (a very sad, long amount of time for an undergraduate degree), and was sure that I was going to be a waitress/bartender the rest of my life. The chance to keep my amazing internship at EPIC meant my years of college didn’t seem like such a waste of time anymore.
I worked hard, learned a lot as an intern and, without hesitation, accepted a full-time position to be a public relations specialist when the opportunity was offered to me. Getting hired here was such a relief. There aren’t many places that will hire someone knowing they are fresh out of college with just a year of experience under their belt. In fact, the National Association of Colleges and Employers even did a study stating that only 56 percent of interns that are still in school get hired on full time in the U.S. (which isn’t a lot when you think about it).
Now that I’ve been working full time for about two months, I realize how lucky I was to have randomly come upon the intern posting in May 2013 on Big Shoes Network. I found a place to work that accepts my work ethic and adds to it by teaching me the things that I wasn’t taught in school. So, to the other interns out there: I suggest that you work hard, even if you don’t like it. There’s always another internship you can apply for but, lets face it, it really is all about the experience and the potential to get hired.