The Beginning of my Internship

Sorry for this blog being late. My WordPress account was having issues, but it’s fixed now, so my daily blogs will be posted.

This week I began my internship with Chesapeake Family, a local magazine here in Annapolis, Maryland. My first task was to create a simple advertisement using Adobe Photoshop. A photograph with text and the company logo was all. I also attended a company meeting where I was introduced to everyone and told what I would be doing throughout the summer. Photography, videography, graphic design, web design, and anything I can help the art director and editor with. They gave me a couple of magazines to look through so that I can familiarize myself with what I will be creating.

The next day I did even more. I played around with Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator to enhance my experience with the programs and to create some more advertisements both for the magazine and for the company’s social media, with text and designs. After that I went downtown to watch and photograph the Blue Angels. The Blue Angels are Navy aircraft that fly over the town to celebrate the Naval Academy’s commencement. When I got home I did even more practice with the software that I will be using throughout the summer.

I was excused from my third day of work to attend my brother’s high school graduation.

This week did not consist of much work, since I was just getting to know everyone and what I would be doing, but I’ve grasped an understanding of what this work requires, and I will work hard to become more experienced with my major and the work will increase as I become more situated with the internship.

The Finale

Well this is it! My final blog, project, and day as a videographer for Stetson Marketing. I must say this has been a great journey where I’ve learned so much about the position and Stetson. I wrote often about how I was introduced to events and groups happening on the campus. Being a commuter, I only focused on my studies and never engaged in campus activities until this internship. I realized we as students have so many privileges here in the Stetson community that can lead to a great education and future careers. I’m thankful that this position was not only limited to video assignments but an exploration of opportunities here on campus. I know cultural credits are ways to introduce us to different things, but this experience also added value to my college career here.

Anyway, with that said, my one video assignment is done, and my supervisor was ok with it. It took me an entire semester to network and get it done, but I succeeded. I was glad to be given an assignment rather than coming up with ideas to cover. I found this a lot easier to focus because I knew the vision and I could work at getting things more precise than before. I had the pleasure of meeting prospective and current students, faculty, and front row seats on how events are planned. I met people I would have never willingly hung out with and understood why they enjoy their careers so much. Heck, I even faced one of my greatest fears, SNAKES!

This semester of interning was simple and tedious. I don’t think I would trade this experience for anything and if I had to do it all over again I would. I know the last two semesters working as a videographer exposed me to more activities here on campus than the previous years. It’s because of this I stepped out of my box and became aware of what and who I was around. Stetson is a community waiting to be explored and enjoyed and whomever is hired for this position next, I hope they too experience this.