Doing Hands-On Work as an Intern

Emme Phillips
June 21, 2022

Every year as summer approaches, thousands of students are looking for internships. Each person goes through the process and experiences some rejection, many interviews, and hopefully a few acceptances. Many interns think that they will be doing the “dirty work.” Classically, the “dirty work” includes everything that your supervisors don’t have time for, don’t want to do, and even mundane tasks like a coffee run.

I completed an internship while I was still in high school. Yes, very young. And let me tell you, I definitely had my turn doing the dirty work. No, I wasn’t picking up coffee for my boss. Instead, I was picking up her dogs from her neighbor's house after they escaped from her yard. When I arrived they were covered in mud. I had to take two large and muddy dogs back to the office without leashes and I found myself, as an intern, chasing around two muddy dogs. It was a humbling experience.

In my experience at Fifty Six, I have had the opportunity to do hands-on work where I feel recognition but also repercussions, that is, if something goes wrong. I have been able to work independently and even in this, writing a blog post, I am able to showcase my copywriting, hone these skills, and stand proudly behind my work.

So, you may ask, why is it so important to do hands-on work? Let me tell you. Hands-on work has given me confidence that I am capable of doing actual tasks that are beneficial to my company, the companies we work with, and my team. It has shown me that I am able to take on large responsibilities and it taught me that I am capable of being an active problem solver. Doing hands-on work as an intern may be scary at first but it will eventually become increasingly easier and incredibly rewarding.

ABOUT THE AUTHOr
Emme Phillips is Fifty Six's Marketing Intern. She is a student at Pepperdine University studying Integrated Marketing Communications. In her free time, you can find her at the beach or in the mountains; she loves spending time outdoors. @emmephillips
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Doing Hands-On Work as an Intern

Emme Phillips
June 21, 2022

Every year as summer approaches, thousands of students are looking for internships. Each person goes through the process and experiences some rejection, many interviews, and hopefully a few acceptances. Many interns think that they will be doing the “dirty work.” Classically, the “dirty work” includes everything that your supervisors don’t have time for, don’t want to do, and even mundane tasks like a coffee run.

I completed an internship while I was still in high school. Yes, very young. And let me tell you, I definitely had my turn doing the dirty work. No, I wasn’t picking up coffee for my boss. Instead, I was picking up her dogs from her neighbor's house after they escaped from her yard. When I arrived they were covered in mud. I had to take two large and muddy dogs back to the office without leashes and I found myself, as an intern, chasing around two muddy dogs. It was a humbling experience.

In my experience at Fifty Six, I have had the opportunity to do hands-on work where I feel recognition but also repercussions, that is, if something goes wrong. I have been able to work independently and even in this, writing a blog post, I am able to showcase my copywriting, hone these skills, and stand proudly behind my work.

So, you may ask, why is it so important to do hands-on work? Let me tell you. Hands-on work has given me confidence that I am capable of doing actual tasks that are beneficial to my company, the companies we work with, and my team. It has shown me that I am able to take on large responsibilities and it taught me that I am capable of being an active problem solver. Doing hands-on work as an intern may be scary at first but it will eventually become increasingly easier and incredibly rewarding.

ABOUT THE AUTHOr
Emme Phillips is Fifty Six's Marketing Intern. She is a student at Pepperdine University studying Integrated Marketing Communications. In her free time, you can find her at the beach or in the mountains; she loves spending time outdoors. @emmephillips
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