Hi! My name is Clive and I’m an intern at a media company in Copenhagen. Finding the internship was not easy, though. Let me take you through the ups and the down of my story, and allow me to share a few of the insights that I have gained along the way.
I still remember the hectic days of me searching for an internship. Spending every single day looking through different websites and applying for an ungodly amount of jobs. Sometimes I’d get a response and sometimes I wouldn’t. After weeks of grinding away at my keyboard, I found several places that were willing to interview me. And luckily I landed my internship position in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Setting the scene
I found out that I had gotten the internship around the middle of January. I went through a rollercoaster ride of emotions. YES! I GOT AN INTERNSHIP IN COPENHAGEN! Followed by… OH GOD, I HAVE AN INTERNSHIP IN COPENHAGEN.
For those of you that don’t know, finding an apartment in Copenhagen is notoriously difficult… I had to get one in 19 days. I went into overdrive mode and talked to/asked/begged everyone I knew for a lead. In the end, I became a slave to the F5 key. I sat in front of my computer for hours and hours constantly refreshing.
After ten hectic days, I was (insanely) lucky to land an apartment. I used the remaining days to relax and prepare for what was to come.
The first day
I arrived around 9 o’clock and was greeted by a crowd of other fresh-faced interns. Naturally, conversations began springing up and I found out that I was working in a fruit salad of different nationalities.
We were joined soon by my soon to be teachers, Glen. He herded us through the corridor and into a room, where we were introduced to each other and the company. After that, we jumped straight into our first lessons.
What I learned
I learned a lot so far, this isn’t counting the stuff they taught me. I also learned some stuff on my own. I thought that it would be a good idea to share some of those insights with you guys. The first one is to try to ask questions.
I know that this sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised. I know some people from my university that were afraid of asking questions. They didn’t like the idea of looking stupid because they didn’t know. Leave that attitude at the door and remember that if you ask, you’re only a fool for a minute, if you don’t you’ll be a fool for life.
I also encourage you to show initiative. While having a little bit of time off, I decided to look through the surveybee website. While looking through it I found some, well… Less than perfect English. I asked my boss if I could fix it and after I did I noticed that they started trusting me with more complex tasks.
The last is to try to make what you’re learning as fun as possible. Since I am studying to become the Poseidon of the internet, me and a friend decided to finally pull the trigger on a webcomic idea that we had been playing around with for a couple of years. I’ll get to do some creative stuff while polishing up on all the tools that I’ve received.
Well, I’m going to try to learn as much as possible while working at surveybee.net. I’m also (when I have the money) going to explore the expensively wonderful city of Copenhagen. Last but not least, I’m going to try and see if I can get my friend and I's website to take off.
Written by Clive, intern at surveybee.net.