As my time as Momentum’s digital intern comes to an end I can’t help but reflect on the benefits I have got out of the last three months and the stereotypes which are all too frequently attached to internships.
Before I started my internship my knowledge of what they were was limited to what I had seen through the media, films and TV shows. All of which tend to portray internships and either unpaid or low paid menial work. You are expected to get coffee or pick up your bosses lunch and dry cleaning.
The film the devil wears Prada is probably close to what most people imagine however my time as an intern could not have been more different. Far from being expected to make tea or go on coffee runs I was the recipient of tea and coffee. In fact I am pleased to say I was treated just like any other member of staff, as just part of the team.
I believe my positive experience is not an exception to the rule but is in fact the standard. To me this makes the availability of internships hugely important. Once you graduate from university or college it can be difficult to find that dream job. You might be unsure of the area you want to work in or just lack the relevant experience despite having the needed qualifications. This is where I believe internships like mine are instrumental. It not only gives you practical experience which is hugely important for your future career but it builds up on your own confidence and belief in yourself. This is not only because you are supported throughout your time. I had regular meetings with my line-manager that allowed me to set myself tasks, ask any questions I had and know that should I get stuck with something there was support there. I got to build up my confidence and learn new skills through the work I was doing but also by the training Momentum sent me on.
This has seen me travelling across Scotland from Aberdeen to Galashiels and even a trip over to our head office in Dublin! Its seen me attend and contribute to meetings, learn how to use their website and so much more, it has been an invaluable experience and one I am happy to say isn’t really ending.
Whilst my internship may be coming to an end this week my time both with Momentum and as an intern is not. Thanks to my time at Momentum as an intern I have been able to successfully become an intern working with MSP James Dornan to join the other interns in researching barriers to politics for disabled people whilst also securing a three month contract to continue my work with Momentum.
For me this internship has been the beginning of an exceptionally rewarding road. So whilst this may be my last blog post as a digital intern it is not my final blog, as I begin another new and exciting internship that I believe can only lead to future success.