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Intern Diary: Day One

I’ll get the bad news out of the way first, I did not get the paid internship I was hoping for. Looks like I’m stuck at my parttime job. I think I got too optimistic. 

But today there’s some good news: I really like my internship and wish I could come in more days a week.

I did a variety of tasks today. I got to proofread some letters and some promotional material, and caught a couple of noticeable mistakes (most notably the title of one of the books was misspelled). I edited some spreadsheets containing information on awards, addresses, etc. And I got to pick some spreads to send to a major newspaper for an online slideshow about one of our books coming out. I’ll post the link to it when it’s finally up. That was the most fun bit. I got to read some children’s books and decide what were the most interesting pages. I only hope the copy I provided was good enough (got to use some from AIs and also write a bit on my own). 

So far, I’m really enjoying publicity. It does seem to be a varied position and I like that about it. I also really like the people I get to work with, they’re all really nice and only a couple of years older.

The one thing I didn’t like? Eating lunch by myself in the canteen.

I felt so lost. They’ve got a token system in place for buying paninis and I just kind of muddled my way through, ate lunch quickly and on my own and went back to do some work. It’s a bit lonely, but I’m only in once a week and next week I think I’ll probably meet up with one of my coursemates.

A lot of them have full time jobs there, which also makes me feel quite uncomfortable because I’ve only got an internship. And it’s only one day a week. Does that make me less ambitious than I should be? Am I going about it all wrong?

I hope not. 

Anyway, I’m going to put on a film in an attempt to drown out the midnight dinner party going on in the kitchen right next to my bed. 

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