Here are some issues to consider when reflecting on your internship experience:
Remember, each entry should include what you did that week at the internship (factual), as well as reflections on your experiences (reflective).
- Professional skills: What are you doing? What new skills are you developing? What are you learning about this industry? How does your experience relate to your study of media and communications? What did you learn (or not) in a class that is useful on site and vice versa? What will you take away from this internship? What transferable skills are you building? Skills can be technical –e.g. Excel or Final Cut -- or more general – e.g. work demeanor, interpersonal communication, self-discipline, etc.
- Understanding the Organization: What are you being asked to do and how does that work fit into the overall work of the organization? What is the “product” of your organization and who are its clients or audience? Who works there? Who doesn’t? What kinds of backgrounds to they have? How is your workplace organized? Is it a hierarchical organization or a more democratic one?
- Ethics and Values at Work: What are some of the tensions or issues in your field? Do these dilemmas come up in everyday work? In conversations? Are your coworkers ethically reflective? What kinds of issues or value questions do they face? Have you faced any ethical issues in your internship? Does your organization have clear values (perhaps a mission statement or ethics policy)? Do people follow these stated ethical codes?
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