Flashback to March 2020: The end of Spring semester is approaching, and Summer is just around the corner. Naturally, it’s time to start looking for internships, unless you already started your search in the Winter…like you’re supposed to.
But wait. There’s a pandemic happening, internships are being delayed or worse—CANCELLED, classes have been transitioned into a virtual environment, and I’m trying to finish finals in the middle of all this craziness. Whew…
Lo and behold, there is a light at the end of this vast and warped tunnel, and I can once again see hope in my professional future. The tunnel is leading me to MetroStar Systems.
“A friend of a friend,” told me MetroStar Systems transitioned their internship program into a virtual environment and referred me to their internship page, and I decided to apply. (Who knew that this would be my next big opportunity? (Not me). I hope I can be that “friend” for all you folks reading this blog. I want to share how a virtual internship can be the light at the end of your job-hunting tunnel.
The amazing thing about my entire application process is that MetroStar was not originally looking to hire interns for the marketing department; however, after I turned in my blog submission, they noticed my capabilities and creativity. Due to this, they were gracious enough to create a position for me to be on their team.
Let’s fast forward through the application process to the part where I get hired (YAY), and I’ll tell you how this virtual internship experience has become the best decision I could have made back in April.
Preparing for a Virtual Environment
Throughout my experience, I have come to realize a thing, or two, about how to put my best foot forward in a virtual internship. Instead of waking up extra early to beat traffic or grab my morning cup of Peet’s Coffee, I had to re-imagine a new morning and work-life routine. I’ve created some tips on how to use this new virtual time differently and ways to best prepare for a virtual environment.
Set-up an at-home space
- Find a nice, quiet spot in your home to place your computer, charger, notepad, pens, and coffee mug. It’s important to note, you should also have good lighting for any Zoom or Microsoft Teams calls taking place throughout the day. Look for space where your face will be facing a window!
Have a morning ritual
- Wake up 45 minutes before your workday begins and start the day by doing what makes you feel best in the morning. Whether it’s taking a shower, stretching, going on a jog, listening to music, or putting mauve eyeshadow on—it’s important for you to prepare time to just do you.
Practice using communication tools
- When working at MetroStar, our prime sources of communication are Microsoft Teams and Zoom. If you have any questions or comments to share, then our teammates are always a chat or call away!
Keep important websites open
- Depending on your internship title, you will have different go-to websites for work. Creating a bookmark or “pinning” the websites to your search homepage will help you stay organized. As a marketing intern, I make sure I always have the MetroStar social media platforms open, along with my virtual task sheet on Monday.com.