From Intern to Full-Time Employee: Sharing My Experience and Tips for Interns
As I transition into my new role as public affairs analyst, I look back to where I first started and am so proud of where I am today. At the beginning of 2021, I was barely scratching the surface of Nevada politics. Nowadays, I am ecstatically working and learning about new policy issues, election trends, and all things public affairs.
During my time at the University of Nevada, Reno, I had the opportunity to intern for both Nevada’s U.S. Senators. These experiences provided me with a solid foundation of the complex world of federal politics. As the end of my senior year approached, I wanted to challenge myself and delve in to state politics. I was very fortunate to not only interview but land this amazing opportunity during the 81st Legislative Session with The Ferrato Company.
With the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was difficult to emerse myself in the session as I had originally planned. Despite this, I was fortunate to have a supportive team that was more than willing to create new learning opportunities for me. As the session progressed, my responsibilities increased. I was given challenging projects and hands-on learning assignments that enhanced my skillset. In the 120 days of session, I learned more than I could ever imagine. I developed new policy interests in several areas, including education, labor and health care. I found a deeper passion for policy work and Nevada politics.
After I graduated college in May 2021, I truly felt like this internship had prepared me for the workforce. I gained valuable experience and built connections with my supervisors and fellow interns. As someone who recently landed her first post-college job, I would offer the tips below to any intern looking to transition to a full-time position.
- 1. Go above and beyond
While expectations are set early in the internship, always go above and beyond. Conduct yourself professionally, show up on time, pay attention to detail, and simply show that you are eager to learn.
- 2. Ask questions
When in doubt, always ask questions. Internships have a learning curve and asking questions is the best way to grow. There is absolutely no harm in double checking you thoroughly understand your employer’s expectations.
- 3. Build connections
School teaches us that success as students is entirely dependent on our individual effort. In the workforce, success is dependent on your collaboration with a team. It is important to establish connections with your supervisors, managers, and fellow interns, not only for professional development but to make the internship experience more enjoyable. In addition, good collaboration is beneficial to your employer and can help you stand out among your peers.
As 2022 progresses, I am thrilled to transition into a full-time public affairs analyst position with such an experienced group of professionals. Jessica and Paige have been incredible mentors throughout the process and provided me with unending learning opportunities. I am looking forward to exploring the diverse policy issues affecting our state and developing professionally with The Ferrato Company.