We have arrived at the final week of my internship at Hubbell Communications to round off an experience of growth and knowledge. Over the past two months, I have been a part of a company that molds and shapes public opinion about different businesses and topics affecting them, and it is safe to say I have learned more than I ever thought I would. As I touched on in a previous post, I am lucky to have landed an internship at a place that actually wants me to learn the logistics and mechanics of what this job is and can be. The people here genuinely wanted me to learn from them instead of just doing busy work, which enhanced my experience tenfold.

As with most things in life, time and experience has brought a sense of comfort to what I do here, and I know I will miss the environment in this office. Being able to form connections and relationships with the people I work with has certainly made work more fun, but it has also made me less afraid to ask questions and more confident to be creative with my tasks. All of this has created a work environment designed for success from every angle. The obvious comparison to make would be that of being on a sports team, but it has been a while since high school lacrosse for me, so it has been refreshing to be with a small group of people working towards specific goals.

Working here and being a part of this group has taught and reinforced some ideas in me. First, this job has allowed me to step out of my comfort zone . Before coming here, I had no experience in public relations or public affairs besides a couple classes which, while I learned a lot, do not quite compare to the reality of coming in to an office and working for clients. Almost everything was new to me in the beginning, so I was completely out of my element, but I took that opportunity to learn as much as I could, rather than being too uncomfortable to try new things.

Second, working here has reinforced the idea of embracing a challenge. Because of my lack of experience, many things were tough for me, but I learned to try my best, knowing I have a team of people who would help me if need be. This allowed me the confidence to, as Nike puts it, “Just Do It.” While some of the work I completed didn’t turn out great, I always knew that I had tried instead of shying away. Overall, working here at Hubbell Communications has been the most rewarding work experience of my life, and I will certainly miss these people and this place.

-Olin Hanson