When most people think about the idea of an internship, they think of making coffee or running errands-basically starting at the bottom. What separates an internship at a start-up company versus an internship at a big company is the responsibility yet flexibility that you’re given. As a sophomore in college with a plethora of ideas about what I want to do in my future, this internship at HiringSolved has been just what I needed. Not only have I learned a lot, I’ve gotten hands on experience in the field perfectly aligned with my college major – Business Communications.
Something important I realized was that I didn’t know as much as I thought about social media. As a teenager in the 21st century, social networking is second nature to me. From this internship, I’ve learned that although I know how to use social networks, social networking in business is a lot different. At first, I didn’t know what to expect or what was expected of me, but I didn’t want to be bothersome by asking questions. This internship has taught me that asking questions is completely fine; you never know what you could learn. Something I struggled with the most at the beginning was trusting my work and judgment. Matt, Shon, and Trevor are “go getters,” they have a goal and work extremely hard to reach it in the way they feel most comfortable. They’ve mentored me with that same mentality; they give me a task and let me figure out how I want to accomplish it. Although it’s the most frightening part, it’s also been my favorite part. The trust they gave me concerned me at first, but the challenge was what made me grow, learn, and enjoy this experience so much. They’ve always given constructive feedback when they felt it was necessary and have always shown their appreciation for my work making me feel valued as a team member.
— Jenny Jensen