My internship at Spring was one of the most fun and challenging things I’ve ever done in my life. This is an environment where you work side by side with some of the most innovative and creative individuals in this industry. You are exposed to some really interesting clients. And, most importantly, you are viewed as a valued member of the team, and are expected to pull your weight. Which is awesome, but also a bit intimidating.
While I was doing my internship, I was finishing up my program at BCIT. I thought that since I was almost graduated, I would know almost the majority of things there is to know about this industry. But, I learned quickly that industry expertise is truly gained through real life experiences, and in no way can be obtained through a textbook. And that’s exactly what my Spring internship was- a real life agency experience.
Within the first day of my internship, I was already helping out my mentor with analyzing data from a Facebook campaign. Within the first few weeks, I was conducting industry research and completing website analyses. By the end of my internship, I was seeing minor projects through to completion, from start to finish. I also was able to tag along on some radio recordings and film shoots when the opportunity came up. Spring knew what I needed to get the most out of my internship, and then they made it happen.
Being a BCIT student during my internship, I would go to school one day a week and all of my classmates would be eagerly comparing internships. I was often surprised by some of my classmates’ experiences. Many of my peers had internships that were less hands-on, where they took more of an observing role with the company. While they still enjoyed their time, they didn’t get nearly as many practical skills out of it as I did. My peers were always so surprised when they heard that I had actual responsibility, and was doing real work.
I learned more than I could have ever imagined at Spring. As I continue my education, the skills and industry knowledge that I learned here will always be carried with me. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have worked with such an amazing company, and an amazing group of people, and having the opportunity to really grow. That’s kind of the thing they do here.