This Fall, SDDC launched, our inaugural internship cohort. While interns have played an integral role in our organization for many years, this is the first time we are running our internship program with a cohort structure. The intention behind this decision was to give interns an increased opportunity to connect with and learn from each other, and to truly feel as though they are part of the SDDC team.
Program & Communications Intern, Neha Kharb, takes us on a journey through a day in her life. Read on to find out what it’s like to be an SDDC Intern, from Neha’s perspective.
Internships play a crucial role in the development of young professionals. They provide a bridge between academic learning and real-world work experience, offering invaluable insights into the professional world. In this article, we will take you on a journey through a day in the life of an intern, shedding light on the experiences, responsibilities, and challenges they face as they embark on their journey towards a successful career.
I wake up early each morning and head to the gym for a workout. After my workout and having breakfast, I begin my internship work at the San Diego Diplomacy Council. The internship at SDDC offers a high degree of flexibility in terms of working hours and location, allowing me to choose between working in the office or remotely. I typically opt for remote work, where I settle in at my workstation, log into my computer, and prepare for the day ahead. This preparation may involve checking emails, messages, or reviewing the day’s to-do list.
As the day progresses, I might participate in a brief team meeting or catch up with colleagues and mentors to discuss the day’s tasks and projects. The mid-morning is usually the busiest part of the day for interns, as this is when they delve into their assigned projects.
I engage in various projects, including tasks such as working on publications and content creation. I collaborate with team members and supervisors to achieve our shared goals. Interns often spend time on research and skill development, which may include attending training sessions, reading industry publications, or participating in webinars to expand their knowledge.
Since I am also a full-time business graduate student at San Diego State University, my afternoons and evenings are largely dedicated to attending on-campus classes and completing assignments for my courses. Interns continue to work on their projects, addressing any issues, incorporating feedback, and striving to meet deadlines. They also get the opportunity to connect with more experienced professionals within the company, seeking advice and asking questions. Building a professional network is one of the valuable benefits of an internship.
Before wrapping up the day, I review my accomplishments, ensure that all tasks are completed, and organize my workspace. Occasionally, I receive feedback from supervisors or mentors, which provides constructive criticism and guidance for improvement. I also plan for the next day by setting goals and tasks to tackle.
The life of an intern is a mix of learning, personal development, and commitment. Internships provide a special chance to connect what’s taught in academia with the real-world professional experience, enabling young professionals to acquire valuable skills and knowledge. Though the daily routine can differ based on the industry, company, and role, the internship experience plays a crucial role in paving the way for a successful career.