It was the summer of 2013.
I had just gotten a job as an intern at a major news website.
A week later, I was on the phone with a recruiter from a top-tier digital agency.
We were discussing the potential for me to be a full-time intern at the company.
“If you’re going to go to the internship, I’d love to have you on staff,” the recruiter said.
“I want you to really see the business.”
We’d never met, but I knew that he was interested in me because he was familiar with the industry.
He’d worked for the same agency for nearly 20 years.
As he talked, I realized I was in for a big, exciting job.
He explained that he’d been doing internships for several years and had even been on the front lines at some of the biggest digital job fairs in the world.
“You’re probably not a reporter or a digital editor, but you’re still a journalist,” he said.
I told him I wasn’t sure what that meant.
“Just a reporter,” he agreed.
“So, what kind of news stories would you be interested in?”
“I’d love for you to come on to help us build a really good digital product, so we can compete with the big players in this space,” he continued.
“And if we’re successful, I’ll even send you some extra work in the office to help you grow.”
I felt like I was getting into the right league for the job.
I was a digital reporter who had worked for a top digital agency for the past 20 years and was well versed in the industry, I figured.
But the recruitor wasn’t interested in the full-fledged intern.
“It’s not something I can say to you right now, but the goal is to give you the best job possible,” he told me.
“What we’re looking for are people who can build a very successful digital company.”
I didn’t know it then, but my internship was about to get a whole lot better.
It was August and I’d just turned 30, but it was a time of transition for many young journalists.
The internet was a wild, unpredictable place.
At the time, my job as a digital intern had been a little more than a week long.
I’d only just turned in my resume and cover letter.
I hadn’t really planned on spending the entire internship, but as I looked back on it, I couldn’t help but think that I might have been wasting my time.
I would never get the chance to be part of the job hunt and meet the company’s top executives.
Instead, I had a few days to fill out my resume, then start interviewing.
I still have the job title of digital reporter, but not the full title.
That was the job description.
I thought the internship might be for a week.
I figured if I was lucky, I might get the position.
After the internship ended, I started working for a few clients and was hired for a new position, just one day after the internship.
I knew I was good at the job, but what I hadn’t known before was that the internship was actually going to take a long time.
“We had the internship scheduled to begin on the day after Christmas, but by the time we got to the last day, the intern had already been there,” said Jessica DeMarco, the digital intern who helped me complete the internship and helped me land the new position.
“The day before Christmas, the office was filled with so many people.
We just went to the mall, saw everyone, and everyone was super excited.
There was so much excitement, but then they realized they didn’t have any interns.”
DeMarco had already interviewed for the new internship and was already preparing to leave.
“When we left the office, it was already very cold outside,” she said.
It wasn’t until after the final day of the internship that I was officially hired.
After completing the internship with the help of DeMarco and a few others, I got my new job, just as the interns were about to leave for the holidays.
“That’s when we realized the internship would be for an entire year,” DeMarco said.
She said she didn’t expect the internship to last longer than a few months, but that it did.
The next day, August 2, I arrived in Thailand and was introduced to the team.
I quickly discovered that I had no idea what to expect.
I wasn, in fact, a complete newbie, and it took me a few weeks to figure out that I’d be taking on a huge challenge.
It’s a challenge that’s not going to be easy.
There’s no such thing as a perfect internship.
In fact, it’s a struggle for most people, especially when it comes to the role of intern.
Internships are often very