For many students, the role of an intern is shrouded in mystery about what sort of duties the position actually entails. Often they can feel nervous about navigating a real-life workplace and managing expectations. Movies such as “The Internship” and “The Intern” would have us believe that this position is competitive, cutthroat, and a role to be feared. In reality, students can rest easy to find that this is not the case.
This semester I challenged myself to step out of my comfort zone and undertake a 13-week internship with The Lab Insight & Strategy in Brisbane. The Lab is a company that aims to make sense of the relationship between people, culture, and brands in order to devise a more accurate strategy for companies. As a student that has often felt a sense of imposter syndrome, this experience was extremely positive for me and revealed that an internship fosters collaboration and provides an encouraging environment to learn skills that you might not have learned in university. Unlike the movies, you’re not expected to know how to do everything.