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The Spring Company internship
Written by Andrew Lee | Published. 2018.08.24 13:22 | Count : 241

With the help of an acquaintance, I was introduced to the Spring Company, a company that specializes in brand imaging. My main agenda was to earn an internship at the place. After going through an interview that asked what my future goals were, I was able to get the job. My schedule was to be from July 1st to September 30th every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 pm to 6 pm. With a heart filled with anticipation and nervousness, I sat out on my internship. 

[The entrance to the Spring Company, photo courtesy to Hak Seung Lee]

On the first day, I was introduced to my role within the company. I was to be the intern that helped out on various tasks, photocopying, printing, or going through pages of magazines to find one relevant article,  within the company. But I was glad. Why? Because I got my own desk. That was special, being able to sit within the actual working space with the employees and to see them working. Also, it was a field that I was deeply interested in, where the whole purpose of the company tied into advertising and positive imaging of a brand, which is what I want to do after I graduate from college. Being able to experience what is done in such a company in high school is to my belief, truly remarkable. And lastly, the internship was earned by my own hands. It was an opportunity that I forged using my personal connections, not an internship that was given by my parents. That was what mattered the most to me. Thus, even in the midst of heavy work, I could find myself with smiling, because I genuinely was fascinated within the company.

I figured out almost immediately that my job would be demanding. Luckily, it wasn’t a lot of photocopying, printing or getting coffee, but it was to get involved in client material that the company had made a contract with. For example, for two weeks I was involved with Mont Blanc which is one of Spring Company's client. I helped out by going through hundreds of magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and finding relevant articles or advertisements about Mont Blanc. The job I had was tiresome and repetitive, because I had to flip through two hundred pages to find a single advertisement which is located in the bottom corner of the 187th page. After doing that for 5 hours, my brain was fried, and I really started to dislike magazines. But, I also believe that the repetitive work helped me to understand the cumbersome work must be done to productively deal with picky clients. It was wonderful to know that the work I had done would be used in actual meetings, even though it may be a single page amidst a thousand pages. I believe that idea, alongside my positive energy, helped me to be motivated, and boost my work ethic.

My job at the Spring Company has not ended, yet. I still have a load of magazines to read and presentations to make. But as I have mentioned before, I’m not that worried. I still don’t like magazines, but I think I’m getting better. If I’m lucky, maybe next week I’ll even get a promotion. Just maybe. 

[A pile of magazines like the ones that I have to go through every day, 
photo courtesy of stovallorganizing, 
Photo URL: http://stovallorganizing.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Pile-of-magazines.jpg]

 

 










Andrew Lee
Junior

SMIC Private School

Andrew Lee  student_reporter@dherald.com

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  • Jaehong Min 2018-09-11 14:17:59

    Your article gave me some quality insight of what an internship at a company can look like! It was nice to hear that you thought the internship was a valuable experience. Hopefully this experience can motivate you further in the future to work harder in whatever it may be you are passionate about.   삭제

    • Claire Min 2018-09-04 21:53:16

      This is great Andrew! I really liked reading your article about Spring Co. I would be extremely proud of yourself for getting a step closer to your dreams! I would try to make the choppy sentences into more complex and love sentences!!   삭제

      • Jason W 2018-09-02 14:52:00

        Hi Andrew, enjoyed reading about your meaningful time at the Spring Co. Great self-reflection on your own performance. Maybe a promotion is too early to hope for :) Like Rachel said, being meticulous with your grammar is essential for your piece to be convincing. Good work though!   삭제

        • Rachel Lee 2018-08-25 16:05:40

          You must be really proud of yourself for getting closer to your dreams on your own! The article in itself was interesting to read, but I'd recommend that you pay closer attention to your grammar in the future! Overall, I enjoyed taking a look at your piece.   삭제

          • Matt C 2018-08-24 19:43:24

            Great! I think that it is a great experience that you have shared! I think this is a very interesting story that not only can intrigue the readers, but also is able to show the presumed advantages and disadvantages of your job.   삭제

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