Isn't an internship supposed to feel like work?

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Posted 10 May 2012, 0 comments

Our intern Lauren signs off with a recap of a meeting at ITV, the inspiring people she has met and one last cup of tea.

Lauren Devereux looking at camera

During my long commute home each evening after work, it’s hard not to notice the exhausted grimaces on the faces of my tube-neighbours. Pained and drained, they immerse themselves in the Evening Standard newspaper and attempt to keep their tired eyes open enough to read the text. With energy and a smile, it seemed as though I was the abnormal one. After all, isn’t an internship supposed to feel like work?

Sure, I sit at a desk and spend hours clacking on the keyboard, talking on the phone, and drinking loads of tea. All of the typical 'office' stuff that everyone else is doing. I guess that what sets me apart, is that my job involves all of these things that I want to do, rather than things that I have to do.

Each week, I get the opportunity to write press releases that shine light on the achievements of incredible people. Driven children with huge dreams, marathoners who have raised thousands of pounds for The Children’s Society, and events that showcase the charity’s accomplishments are all things that I’ve written about at one point or another. I’d be crazy not to be inspired by them.

I recently got the enviable opportunity to visit ITV studios with one of my colleagues. Besides the fabulous view and the delicious meeting-room coffee, a lot of great stuff came out of the meeting. We met with producers to discuss a new pilot episode for the network. How many university students get to say that they’ve done that!

So as I sit here with my ITV mug full of tea and not an ounce of exhaustion, I say goodbye. This is my last post before returning to university. I can’t help but grieve a bit over having to leave this place. I hope that when I graduate next year, I'll be able to find a job that makes me as excited to come to work as I am now.

By Lauren Devereux, Media Intern

Please read Lauren's earlier blog posts:

Catching the charity bug

Rain, a campaign and a marathon

Meet Lauren Devereux, Media Intern

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