Having the title of “intern” comes along with many expectations and anticipated stereotypes. I had never been one before and wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but from what I had seen and heard – mainly from movies and television – most interns are in the same boat. They are at the bottom of the company’s food chain, taking orders from everyone and anyone, ranging from actually respectful tasks to fetching coffee. They are the novice, so they will not get to do the work they truly want to do; not yet anyway, but once they have suffered through the grueling demands of interning, then – and only then – can they take a step towards their ultimate career goals.
Once I began my internship with NextLOGiK back around April of this year, I quickly realized that this was not the kind of intern I would have to be. Even back then, when I was working purely virtually, I could see that the people at NextLOGiK were not going to treat me like I was beneath them. From day one I was truly a part of the team and seen as an equal. After working in places where the business hierarchy has been upheld fairly rigidly, this was an amazing feeling. Despite my inexperience everyone I’ve come in contact with has viewed me as part of the team and are simply excited to have me here – and I couldn’t be more grateful.
I am sure I will learn so much more being an intern at NextLOGiK than most interns would learn after working years at other companies. And while I would be more than happy to bring coffee to the wonderful people that work here, I must admit I’m glad they are more concerned with me working towards my career instead.