By: Caitlan Madden
Although I am in GH’s journalism section, I learned over the course of third year that journalism was not for me, and that’s okay. But that realization also meant that when it came to start searching for an internship, I was clueless. At times I felt like I didn’t have much to show for my time in media studies, because a huge per cent of my work was written – yet I was applying for positions that wanted to see visuals. By the time December rolled around, I only had one interview and knew I had lost out on the position. That became one of my most stressful months out of these four years.
In mid-December, the small museum where I had my part-time job had its annual board breakfast. During the event, I talked to one of my coworkers who pointed me in the direction of the Ontario Regiment Museum. She mentioned that this is also a small museum, and might need an extra pair of hands with media work. After a few emails back and forth, we set up an interview; but it was not until January. I spent that Christmas holiday constantly saying to family and friends: “No, I don’t have an internship lined up,” and: “Yes, I know I should already have found one.” Though I had a promising interview scheduled for the beginning of January, the stress continued to build during this time.
Luckily for me, it didn’t feel like a typical interview. If anything, it felt more like a mini orientation/let’s get to know one another. By the end of the ‘interview’, I was handing the school’s internship forms over for signing.
I have had quite a different internship, and by that I mean that I mostly work from home and go in once a week for a quick meeting. I have created posters, edited together clips for Facebook and created a couple of longer videos using existing footage to create welcome videos as well as a bit promotion work. During my time with the Ontario Regiment Museum, my photo/video editing skills have improved, but the experience has also taught me a new form of independence, one that you can only get from a work-from-home situation.