In the summer of 2011 I moved to London for six weeks to do an internship at a media auditing and management consultancy, which basically means that they act as an unbiased middleman between the media agency and the company looking to advertise, consulting each about efficient marketing and media placement, especially financially.
I was fortunate to have volunteered with one of the Senior Managers several years ago on projects in Romania and England and we have kept in touch ever since. Since 2006 he has worked his way up through several positions at the biggest media companies in the UK, while I finished secondary school and started university.
When I asked him whether a summer internship would be possible at he was happy to pass my CV on to his colleague who was looking for a summer intern.
Because my friend had recommended me, the telephone interview (I was living in Florida at the time, so couldn’t go to the office in London) was fairly informal and contained mainly details of the type of work I would be expected to do and making sure that I had the relevant technical skills, which were Excel, Office and Outlook.
My work was divided into organising the office and analysing spreadsheets clients had sent us previously. I enjoyed doing both, but in the future I could see myself being a Media analyst.
The good thing about my internship was that I got such an insight into the world of media and marketing in the UK. Previously I didn’t even know there were auditors who ensured the efficient spending of funds between the clients, but thinking about it, it makes perfect sense. I got to work with some lovely people; the team is very young and it is reassuring to know through experience that I will be able to fit in teams quickly and with confidence. Another great feature that was provided by the company was free breakfast and lunch. It made a huge difference – not only to the atmosphere, but especially to my purse. It also shows that your employers care, which is great.
I can’t think of anything bad to say about my time during the internship, mainly because I like to seize every opportunity and can get excited about any task that is given to me. Having the opportunity to live and work in London for a summer at a company that specialises in media, the field I am most interested in forming a career in, would outweigh anything bad that might have come up (which it didn’t).
When I left, last summer, they informed me that they were very happy with my work and that I should get in touch after I finish my last year at university in case that they have an open position for me to fill.
I am happy to say that when I contacted them in April about my forthcoming graduation from university they were keen to get me back on board as a business assistant, a new role within the company, and therefore a completely new challenge for myself. I am very much looking forward to starting in September.