Adapting to an Online Internship
After having my first internship cancelled in the summer of 2020, I decided to wait until the next summer before getting a new internship. I didn’t like the idea of having to intern online, since I thought it would be awkward enough trying to meet people and collaborate at a new agency, and doing it virtually would make everything far too difficult. There were so many things I was looking forward to when interning in person like meeting people in different departments around the office, and hanging out with the other interns after work. And thought surely by 2021 everything would be back to normal.
But I was wrong about that. However, thanks to MAIP I was able to get an internship with BBDO NY, which subverted many of my expectations about having to intern online. While it was difficult to adapt at first to the Teams calls with strangers and awkwardly sitting around in the void of my room during my down time, wondering if I was doing something wrong, I became accustomed to everything pretty quickly. Everyone in the creative department was so open and positive, that it created an encouraging environment where I felt like I could do well despite all the fears I had initially going in. While I still hope to one day be able to work in person and meet everyone I’ve been working with throughout this summer, I can definitely say that I’ve learned a lot during this internship, and have made a lot of good memories being here.