Long Time No Blog!
I’m officially finished with my summer Administrative Internship with Mayo Clinic. Life there and in general has gotten in the way of blogging for over a month, but it was a fantastic experience and I’m so grateful to everyone that played a part in my summer there. Here are just a few things that have happened in the meantime since I last blogged:
- Passed my certification exam to become a nationally certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
- Successfully completed a spending freeze for the month of July
- Moved out of Jacksonville
- Moved back into Gainesville
- Vacationed in Cape Cod
And now I’m happily settling back into a routine in Gainesville, but first, I wanted to share the 5 biggest lessons I’ve learned from my internship experience!
1. “It is what it is, but it will be what you make of it.”
On my very first day of the internship, the Internship Coordinator showed us this quote and told us that we could either show up and just fulfill our respective university’s requirements for the internship hours we clock, or we could treat every day as an opportunity to deliver great work and impress our potential future employers. That really put things into perspective on the first day and made a huge impact on me throughout the summer.
2. There is always something to be done.
The Internship Coordinator also made it a point to stress the importance of keeping busy. We may not have always had project work to do every single day, but we knew there were always continuing education opportunities or networking opportunities available to us. Those opportunities may not be as quantifiable as our project work was, but in some ways I think they were more valuable. What you’ve done is great, but what and who you know can be even better!
3. Trial and error is better than never trying.
A very real fear a lot of us had was whether or not we were actually adding value or making our preceptors’ lives easier. But then we realized that all of the work being delegated to interns was work our preceptors would’ve had to do themselves if not for our presence. So even if some of the work I produced wasn’t going to be perfect, my preceptor appreciated a prompt response and a concerted effort. Delaying the delivery of that work for fear it wouldn’t be perfect (hint: it never will be!) would’ve made a worse impression than submitting work needing some editing. Plus, if I’d already known everything before I got there, they wouldn’t have anything to teach me and it would’ve been a waste of everyone’s time.
4. It is okay to change your mind.
Your internship is just as much about helping you find what you don’t want to do as it is about finding what you do want to do. An alumnus of my graduate program told me before my internship that I’d be a completely different person afterwards and they were absolutely right. I’ve learned so much about myself in just three months and if there’s anything I’ve learned it’s that the only certain things about life are death, taxes, and uncertainty.
5. Money is important, but it isn’t everything.
Being unpaid was admittedly a source of stress this summer, but I can still acknowledge that if I’d passed up on this opportunity for any reason it would’ve been a huge shame. This experience challenged me to change my mindset on my current income, my student loans, and my spending habits. It motivated me to reevaluate my priorities in life and my career and get creative with forging different income streams. It taught me that money is a necessary tool, but it alone won’t make my career happen. Making good impressions on some unbelievably talented, respected, and successful people will, though, and that was priceless.
It’s good to be back and blogging.
Thanks for reading!