I have been very fortunate in never having the stereotypical internship consisting of coffee-runs and hours of photocopying. Both of my previous internships gave me valuable professional experience, significant career direction, and stronger communication skills, without much administrative labor to coincide. When I started my summer internship at Ervin | Hill Strategy the May before my senior year of college, I was expecting a similar situation: an opportunity to practice my political communications skills in a professional setting and hopefully have some fun along the way.
My time at EHS has far surpassed any prior internship experience – in both professional and personal respects. For the first time, I feel that my role as an intern in the office is valued; while in previous internships I was just another intern – temporary and inexperienced. Here, I quickly became an integral member of the office.
“my opinion, and more importantly my work, mattered.”
In other offices, I often found myself searching for work and all too often resorting to hours of Buzzfeed and YouTube. As an intern at EHS, I contribute to client work, assist with firm development and represent our firm, alongside other EHS associates, at receptions and events. Here, my opinion, and more importantly my work matters.
Whether it’s writing a draft communications statements for our crisis team, attending congressional hearings and markups, or pitching the media, I have been continually challenged in the work I have been given. But, the greatest award came from the general office camaraderie present in Suite 300: we get things done, but don’t take ourselves too seriously in the process.
As summer came to an end and I began my senior year, I started to think more about where I saw myself after graduation – a truly terrifying thought – and what it would take to get there. The past three months at EHS had been incredibly intense and rewarding, expanding upon classroom learned skills of political and strategic communications, as well as applying newly learned communications strategies and practices in the public and private industry. From learning about new communications tactics to seeing first-hand how Congress works, I had been continually challenged at EHS. The benefits of my internship were tangible; the growth in my writing and communicative skills had skyrocketed over the past few months.
So in thinking about my future and how to be the most prepared for life after college, I knew that another semester at EHS would be the most beneficial for my professional experience to come. Five months later, I am still interning at Ervin | Hill Strategy with no plans to leave any time soon.