From Intern To Experience- How to Get the Most Out of Your Internship
The one main thing I have learned at redpepper is that the more you show your abilities then the more responsibility you are given. The amount you gain from this internship depends on the amount of effort you put into it. There is so much to learn from all the employees, but you have to be active in your learning. As I provided results for the small tasks I was given, I was given more responsibility. For example, I started to help keep track of and package product for an upcoming photo shoot. This showed that I had visibility with the product and increased knowledge of what would be happening at the photo shoot. As a result, I was able to play a role on the photoshoot. I assisted the stylist and photographers by running them their needed props and helped guide them through the process. Through this shoot, I was able to collaborate and work with redpepper employees on a new level. Also, I was able to gain exposure to and knowledge of the production process that can only be learned through experience. Overall, after putting in effort to complete the small tasks of packaging products, I was able to attend and contribute to the photoshoot.
On the other hand, by collaborating and communicating with my mentor, my mentor made sure I was exposed to my other interests outside of my production services internship. I told her that I had a passion for photography, which she communicated to other redpepper employees. I was then assigned with one other intern to be in charge of the intern head shots. Not only did I learn from the video production intern, but I was able to use their high level equipment to capture these photos.
Another important thing I have learned is that your hard work will be recognized, and it will be appreciated. Also, the culture of redpepper is so rich and surrounds the workspace, which you feel right when you walk through the door. Overall, redpepper’s work ethic, culture, personality, and drive are what shape an amazing intern experience. There is so much opportunity for interns to learn, but how much interns learn depends on their willingness.
Sarah Pennington, Tulsa, OK, Production Intern