“Internship? It’s me… we need to talk…”

We’ve all heard the line, “It’s not you, it’s me,” before; it’s usually the beginning of a dreaded break up talk. I come to you today with my own break up story; not on how to break up with your significant other, but with your internship.

During my time at Temple University I have grown this hunger for progress in my strategic communications career. That is why when I got my first internship this past summer, I was more than thrilled. I was eager to learn, contribute my ideas and have a great time with people who were ready to help me grow in return.

Summer went by quicker than a blink, and before I knew it I was back in school doing a  full course load, part of the executive board for PRSSA, doing work for PRowl Public Relations and working as a waitress four nights a week! By the first week of September my planner was cramped with color coded tasks. One day I got an email from someone I completely forgot about- my internship coordinator! I realized it got put on the back burner, both because of my busy schedule and theirs.

My intern coordinator asked if I wanted to continue working for the company during the fall semester or if I was too busy. Naturally, I said I’d love to stay on, not thinking about my hectic schedule. I ended up continuing to intern for an extra two weeks when I realized I had to take a step back and reevaluate…

Here were the facts: I was getting so stressed out with the start of school, I barely had time to myself, and, worst of all, I wasn’t making anymore progress as an intern for the company I worked with over the summer. The reality of it was I had learned all they could teach me, and I was too busy to take on anything more. As much as it pained me, I got in contact with the intern coordinator and told her despite what I previously said, I couldn’t continue with the company anymore.

At this point I was expecting things to get messy, but the complete opposite happened. She was more than understanding and reassured me they would be fine- it turns out they were already in the process of hiring additional interns anyway! The key lesson here is to know when to cut things off with your internship. My advice to any interns out there is if you have bit off more than you can chew, or if you feel you’ve stopped learning from your internship, it is best to stop and reevaluate your role there.

Currently, I am not interning for the fall, but have prospects for the spring semester and possibly the winter break with different companies, each bringing something new to the table. Always remember, there are plenty of fish in the sea!

This blog post was written by Account Associate Lailumah Faisal.

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