Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Texas Observer

Fall 2014 Site Review

Position: Business Intern
Student: Liberal Arts Honors Senior in Arabic, Middle Eastern Studies

A day at The Observer began at 9:30 am. At that time most of the office wasn't in yet, so I took the time to get settled in to start the day. This was quite important because the office is 3 rooms connected with the doors open. You can always hear people talking and there is always movement and commotion. I, personally, love this, but I understand for some, it might be distracting. Also the office is not for the faint-hearted. There is swearing; there are the opinionated; there are always fast approaching deadlines.

After the quiet time, I would ask my supervisor about any assignments for the day. The assignments are often important, writing copy or designing marketing materials or assist with event planning. So they need to be done well and efficiently. Also everyone is really busy, so no one was there holding my hand. At the Observer, the intern has to be comfortable taking initiative and doing their best. This is a self driven internship and you get out of it what you put in. On days when there weren't specific assignments. I worked on longterm projects. Depending on how much is going on, I would work on these projects all day until 3 pm twice a week.

Regarding lunch and break, no one is going to clock you, so you have to make sure you take care of your needs and return from whatever break you are taking after a reasonable amount of time. This internship isn't about someone waiting for you to make a mistake, it's about being mature and taking responsibility for what you are to accomplish in a given time.

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