It is always a puzzle to find out how Internship class works. It is a very exciting class because you are reflecting on real-world experience in a meaningful way. This reflection helps students develop skills on the job. It also helps you be honest with yourself and find the answer to that elusive question; “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
I know that many of you in the Department of Media and Communication are still searching for the answer to that question. You have a general idea – you like the Communication field but you aren’t exactly sure what area to focus on. The beauty of a degree in Communication (especially here at Arcadia) is that you are prepared to work in a variety of fields in a rapidly changing industry. My own experience in the field is a testament to that statement. After I completed my undergraduate work in Communication, I worked at an advertising agency, a radio station, a television production company and at a college. It took me awhile to figure out that what I enjoyed the most was teaching. I can honestly say that I love my job and I wouldn’t want to do anything else.
I know first hand that it isn’t easy finding that perfect marriage of what you really like to do and what you know how to do (and don’t forget you also need to make money doing it!). One student in my CM471 (Internship in Communication) class this past fall was lucky enough to take the first step on that journey. Liz MacNeill is a senior, Video Communication major.
Liz was unsure of what she wanted to do for her internship. She had been working at a small firm for a couple of months and she didn’t know if she should transition to “making it official” and receiving college credit for interning there. She came to me with a lot of questions and we discussed how a new venture within the company seemed to be something that she was really passionate about. It is best for her to tell you in her own words what happened next! Here is a link to a blog she completed as part of her internship at JTwo films in Philadelphia:
Here are some examples of videos Liz worked on during her time at JTwo films:
As you can see, Liz was able to use the class and the experience to find that balance between working and working on something that you are passionate about. I look forward to helping many of you take the next steps in finding that perfect marriage.