First day on the job, I walk up to the small white house on a hill. In the window, an old sign reads “The Voice” indicating I’m right where I should be. With no idea of what to anticipate of the internship, let alone my first day, I take a deep breath and head inside ready for the new experience.
I study Communication and Islamic Studies at Fairfield University. I know it’s an odd mix but it shows my indecision of whether I want to go into a field such as advertising or international relations. Having been exposed to the world of advertising and marketing from an early age with my family being in the field, it’s something that I’ve always been able understand well. In recent years, I’ve had a growing interest in International Relations and find the concept of working in the United Nations in Humanitarian Rights to be highly enticing.
While both these paths are very different, they make up what truly interests me. I often get asked “Why these two fields?” They are definitely very different but as I said, I’ve always understood advertising and marketing. In regards to international relations or humanitarian rights, that’s a bit of a different story. First, my hero is Malala Yousafzai and her work spreading women’s education in the Middle East. Doing something I am very passionate about to better the world is my dream job. I have always loved volunteering and working in humanitarian rights seems like the next step in my life to further the work I could do in helping others. Maybe serve as a sort of diplomat in the United Nations to countries in the Middle East.
My grandfather worked as an attaché in the French embassy, so I have always talked to him about the work he did which isn’t exactly what I would like to go into but there’s enough similarities to interest me. Understanding different cultures and traveling has always been very important to me so a job in international relations would give me this opportunity.
All that aside, I did decide to take on this internship at The Voice, but why? Well I choose The Voice internship because it seems like the most amazing opportunity, especially if I choose to go down the path of advertising or marketing. When I saw it listed in the Fairfield University job bank with the title of “Be a non-starving artist,” I knew that it was for me as art creativity is a key aspect in my life. I have a small jewelry business in which I design and sell handmaid jewelry. I sell on Etsy and at local markets and am looking to branch into stores. I thought that maybe this internship would also help me to learn how to market my business better. I’m very excited to learn all the ins and outs of advertising.
So far today, my first day, I already feel that I have learned a lot. Right off the bat, I found out what inbound and outbound marketing is as well SEO. Even reading some older copies of copy write magazines showing different copy write examples showed me what exactly I’m getting in to. Before starting this internship, I wasn’t quite familiar with copy writing. I had heard about it but I didn’t know exactly what it was, let alone considered it as a career choice. I can honestly say that based on what I’ve been exposed to so far as part of the internship, I’m going to love it here.