My name is Shira and I’m the summer intern for the First Word Digital team at M Booth. I am a rising junior at NYU, studying Communication and Psychology. I am also the PR Director for the campus’s newly-founded Public Relations Student Society of America chapter. I’m grateful to live in the city that never sleeps, where I can put my skills and creativity to good use, and where having a small attention span is about as cool as #tweeting about it. My main goal at M Booth is to take as much out of the experience as possible by listening, learning and contributing to the wonderful working environment.
Last week, I went to NYC Interns Hash It Up, sponsored by Hashable and Shelby.tv at TechStars HQ. Hashable is a free app that allows iPhone and Android users to stay in touch with people they just met by taking down their Twitter handle or email address. We had a couple of interesting guest speakers at the event.
Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of Reddit.com, gave the aspiring interns some good advice. After telling us about his experience with his own startup, he added that if we have good ideas in mind, we should build them out and put them in action ASAP. Startup companies are extremely popular nowadays and with the ever-growing speed of the internet, our ideas can go far. Working with people we get along with is key to a successful startup.
Emily Miethner, Founder and President of NY Creative Interns, discussed the importance of working well with others and getting to know the people we work with every day on a more personal level. We may always find a commonality with our coworkers and, more importantly, learn from each other’s differences.
Rachel Sklar, editor at Mediaite, ended with a few final notes about relationship dynamics in the workforce and dating boundaries. She held a Q&A session to wrap up the session, and concluded with the wise statement, “Don’t dream it, be it.” I truly believe in these words and try to live by them every day.
The networking part of the event was when things really kicked off. I met interns, most of whom weren’t from the NYC area, all grouped in the room for a common purpose — to make something big happen in their lives. I personally had a great time meeting students with such different goals, and I felt inspired by their enthusiasm. One of the participants even made a Facebook page for all the interns who attended. After the event, I realized that I’m not just an intern at a PR firm, but rather an individual who’s a part of a larger community. Students like me have the opportunity to bounce ideas off one another and create amazing things with a fully supportive team behind them. I just feel lucky to be a part of the team.