This internship has been very different from any of my previous ones. For the first time, I don’t have my own desk and I never know what my day will look like until I arrive. We now have over fourteen interns working at this office and as there aren’t enough desks and computers for everyone, we rotate our work spaces and generally complete projects in twos or threes.
In the past, my internships have required me to be a self-starter and stick to hard deadlines. This internship, on the other hand, requires me to be much more flexible. Since not every intern is at the office everyday, we often have weeklong gaps in the middle of projects because the relevant information got saved on someone else’s account and nobody has access to it. The process of completing tasks is slow but also very interesting.
Previous internships have taught me a lot about working towards deadlines and keeping myself on track, but this internship has taught me more about teamwork. Everyday we have a different group of people in the office and we work out how we want to handle our projects. Some days we have projects that only really require one person, but we find ways to split up the work so we all have something to do. On other days, we get bigger projects that require anywhere from three to ten people and if only two people are in the office that day, we have to come up with a way to complete it on our own. Although it’s not the most predictable internship, everyday brings a new challenge and I like to think that this is how politics works anyways.