To those I have yet to meet (or have only exchanged brief words over the phone with), my name is Isabel, and I’ve had the pleasure of interning at the Konnect NYC office these past 9 weeks. As my time here is coming to a close, I’ve had the chance to reflect on my experience.
I’ve already begun to sink into the familiar end-of-summer emotions, wondering how it went by so fast and how I’ll say goodbye to the people who’ve welcomed me into their little family. But this summer, instead of the typical bittersweet nostalgia, I’m also feeling a sense of accomplishment, a sparked curiosity, and an enthusiasm for the future.
I’ve found my rhythm here at Konnect, and while I’m sad for the seemingly abrupt ending, I’m also extremely grateful to be leaving my first professional experience on a positive note. With the guidance of the NYC team, I’ve been able to dip my toe into various aspects of Public Relations, from event planning to media interaction to client relations. I’m humbled to have experienced the authentic highs and lows that comes from a personal investment in your clients. I can personally attest to the fact that the frustration of failing to secure media is unmatched by the shared pride of accomplishing something meaningful.
I’ve gained a newfound understanding of the workforce that can only be obtained from direct experience. Things I thought I understood as a student – task prioritization, time management, professional etiquette, etc. – have an entirely new meaning in the working world. Albeit foundational, my knowledge of the ins and outs of a fast-paced, interactive company will be invaluable as I continue on in my educational and career endeavors.
In my short time here, I’ve met some amazing people, tasted some yummy samples, and learned more than I could imagine about the Public Relations industry, and perhaps most importantly, the working world as a whole. Thank you to Konnect for allowing me to experience both the challenges and the thrills alongside you, for trusting a newbie with your clients, and for sharing your wisdom and your lives with me for a short while.
Although I’m headed back to school for now, I can’t wait to meet you all back in the “real world” soon – turns out it’s not so bad : )