#UDPRIntern: Double Duty: How to Work Two Internships

Tabs, to-do lists, and timesheets—oh my! This winter, I took on two internships—one at The Journey church and one at UpTrend Creative & Consulting. Fun? Absolutely. Crazy? For sure.

As per usual, I accepted a hefty workload without realizing its weight. However, the lessons learned and the skills acquired are far worth the frantic and frazzled hours I spent flipping between multiple assignments. As Olivia Pope would say, I have it #handled. Kind of.

If you choose to wear multiple intern hats, here are a few of my tips:

  1. Set boundaries

When you accept one job, you need to set boundaries. When you accept two, you seriously need to set boundaries. How many hours can you work? What deadlines are realistic for you? When can you come into the office? If need be, will you drive in the snow or bad weather? What hours will you be online? How much is too much? You need to think through all of these questions and communicate your limits before you even begin. Remember—you are a human, not a robot. Your boss will understand.

  1. Stick to those boundaries

Remember those boundaries you set before you laura1entered the office? Did you make exceptions to your nonnegotiable rules? I often catch myself caving into requests that are not realistic for me. I will set a deadline that is not comfortably feasible. I will take on more work than I can manage within a certain time frame. I make mistakes and start blurring my boundaries—it happens. Sometimes, we have to make exceptions to get a time-sensitive task completed…but this should not be happening on a daily basis. Be realistic, and respect yourself and your time.

  1. Unwind

Whatever you do, do not forget about this step. You have to rest. You have to breathe. You have to have fun. When I am home, I split my time between catching up with friends and family, binge-watching Netflix and reading some inspirational books. Everyone needs to recharge his or her battery. You and I are no exception. Settle down, get plenty of sleep, and maximize your down time. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you.

Working double duty can double the fun and double the development—just make sure you double your balancing efforts. Happy interning!

By: Laura Hepp

journey2Laura Hepp is a junior mass communication major with minors in advertising and theatre performance studies. Aside from interning at The Journey and performing in various musical theatre productions, Laura loves running, laughing, and eating far too many vegetables. She serves as Vice President of Professional Development for PRSSA-UD.

#UDPRIntern: Learning over the long-haul: How to grasp new opportunities at a long-term internship

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Let’s face it—as ambitious communication students, we plow through internships with a “what’s next” mentality. We want something bigger, better and more boast worthy to add to our resumes once we conclude our current internship. I get it. But what if we decide to stay right where we are? Does this derail our practically perfect resume?

I have spent the last year working as the Communication & Development Intern at The Journey, a rapidly growing nondenominational church in Newark, Del. I originally signed on for a five-week winter internship…but life had something else in store for me. I ended up staying, all because I loved what I was doing and who I was doing it with.

Over the past year, I found that professional development only flourishes when you plant roots in some great soil. Here’s how you can stay fresh and fruitful at a long-term internship:

1. Overachieve on and off the job

Go above and beyond to learn about your industry. Listen to pod-casts on your way to work, follow key influencers on social media, skim through articles and blog posts from industry innovators and read books about leadership. Uncover potential opportunities, and then go after them!

2. Connect with your coworkers

Stop hiding in your cubicle. Seriously. Do not allow those three walls to imprison you and your success. Start talking to others in the office and ask them about how their days are going. Ask them about their jobs. Ask them how you can help. Just start asking—new and exciting projects (and connections) could start coming your way. Hello, networking.

3. Ask for feedback

Build a relationship with your manager and start regularly asking for honest feedback. It might not feel great or it might even sting at times, but this is essential to sharpening your skills and growing as a person and professional. You can’t improve if you don’t know where to start.

Best of luck with your internship endeavors, and remember: it’s not about checking a box; it’s about soaking in the experience.

By: Laura Hepp

journey2Laura Hepp is a junior mass communication major with minors in advertising and theatre performance studies. Aside from interning at The Journey and performing in various musical theatre productions, Laura loves running, laughing, and eating far too many vegetables. She serves as Vice President of Professional Development for PRSSA-UD.

New executive board spotlight: Assistant Program Director, Katerina Vlitas

– Name: Katerina Vlitasphoto2

– Class year: Sophomore

– PRSSA E-Board Position: Assistant Program Director

– Nickname: I go by Kat for short.

– Favorite meal/foods: My favorite meal is brunch. For Brunch I’d like a nice big (emphasis on big) cup of coffee, with a Belgian waffle with whip cream, fruit and bacon. With a side of  a feta cheese and spinach omlette and home fries ( but only from a dinner back home in Brooklyn). Then for the lunch part of brunch I’d like a grilled cheese and buffalo wings ( from a local bar in Brooklyn).

– If you could meet anyone: If I could meet anyone it would be J.D Salinger.

– Dream career: My dream career would be PR for the President.

– Sibling(s): I have two younger siblings, Evie’s 15 and Nicoletta’s 9.

– Pet(s): No pets, my parents are “allergic.”

– If you could travel anywhere: Bora Bora!

– Favorite place to study on campus: My favorite place to study is the Trabant Chapel.

– Guilty pleasure: My guilty pleasure is anything that airs on the TLC channel.

– Weird fact: I’m not telling you my weird habits #embarrassing.

New executive board spotlight: Meetings Coordinator, Allison Lane

– Name: Allison Lane

– Class Year: Junior
– PRSSA executive board position: Meetings Coordinator
-Nickname: My friends call me Big Al. I don’t even know why, I just roll with it.
Siblings: I’m an only child!10456803_10152496695377158_1981820097642813807_n
– Pet(s): I have a terrier mix named Ralph.
– Favorite Meal: My favorite meal is lunch and I LOVE any type of panini with avocado on it. (Central Perk: Avo on Focaccia is my go-to)
– If you could meet anybody: Jimmy Fallon, hands down!
– Dream career: I’d love to host a travel or leisure show. Just call me Rick Steves or Ali Fedotowsky! 🙂
If you could travel anywhere: I love traveling, and I’d really like to backpack Europe. Greece, Italy, and France are all on the list for future travel.
– Favorite place to study on campus: Reference room in the library is the way to go. You can find me in a comfy chair next to an outlet!
– Guilty Pleasure: The Real World: Challenge. It’s the one reality TV show that I can’t stop watching.
– Weird habit: I crack my neck all the time. It really grosses my friends out.

New executive board spotlight: Public Relations Director, Keri Betters

– Name: Keri Betters
KATG1– Class year: Senior

– PRSSA E-Board Position: Public Relations Director

– Nicknames: Kerbear, Carols,
K-Dawg, Eliza, Ker, KB Toys, Betters

– Favorite meal/foods: Dinner’s my favorite meal! Favorite foods are grape leaves (a Lebanese dish), hummus, chicken and broccoli casserole, coffee (it’s a food group, I promise), and watermelon.

– If you could meet anyone: Johnny Depp, Tim Tebow, Troy Polamalu, and Michael Jackson.

– Dream career: My dream career is to go into sports PR (ideally for my favorite team of all time, the Pittsburgh Steelers) and/or become the next Erin Andrews.

– Sibling(s): I have three younger brothers: Jeremy (19–he goes to UD, too!), Zachary (16), and Joshua (10).

– Pet(s): Sadly, no pets currently, but I really want a white husky with blue eyes!

– If you could travel anywhere: Australia, Hawaii, Neverland, and Narnia.

– Favorite place to study on campus: Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, and The ISE Lab.

– Guilty pleasure: The Bachelorette and caramel iced coffee.

– Weird habit: Most of the time, I purposely spell my name wrong at Starbucks because I’ve realized that’s a battle I’m never going to win. Also, before any stressful event (interview, exam, competition, etc), I listen to “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson on repeat. Don’t know when this habit started, but it calms my nerves every time!

New executive board spotlight: Program Director, Sydney Scheiner

prssa– Name: Sydney Scheiner
– Class year: Junior
– PRSSA E-Board Position: Program Director
– Nickname: Squidney
– Favorite meal/foods: Breakfast is my favorite. Put pancakes and eggs in front of me and I’m the happiest person alive
– If you could meet anyone: If I could meet anyone, it would have to be Amy Poehler and/or Tina Fey.
– Dream career: My dream career would be to be on Broadway or a rapper, but my realistic dream job would be to work for SNL or Jimmy Fallon.
– Sibling(s): I have an older brother named Corey who is 24 and works at Major League Baseball Productions.
– Pet(s): I have the poster dog for golden retrievers. His name is Parker, he’s 4, and my parents treat him more like a child than me.
– If you could travel anywhere: If I could travel anywhere I would go to Australia, then some small town in Montana.
– Favorite place to study on campus: The best place to study on campus in my opinion is the Chapel, but when that gets too crowded, go to Alfred Lerner, it’s usually very empty.
– Guilty pleasure: Jersey Shore and Keeping Up With The Kardashians
– Weird fact: I have an incredible memory. I remember very trivial things about people and I never forget anyone’s birthday.