Landing a summer internship can be a long and grueling process for college students. Spending hours filling out applications and perfecting resumes while studying for finals and saying goodbye to friends is exhausting. After spending weeks doing just that this past spring, I still had not found an internship that lined up with my needs. Though I had received a few internship offers, I hadn’t found the right fit for me.
While friends were hitting the beach and starting their vacations, I was drinking copious amounts of coffee and poring over my resume looking for ways I could stand out from the crowd. While scouring LinkedIn for open positions, I stumbled upon a Human Resources Internship posting from Clear Vision Communications Inc. I initially hesitated to apply. As a student at Ohio University, I had been studying digital media and I was not sure human resources was the right area for me. I decided to send in my resume anyway, hoping that perhaps this was what I needed, to be looking somewhere I hadn’t thought about before.
Hardly a day had passed when my phone rang. On the other end of the line was the chipper voice of Sydney, the HR manager at Clear Vision. Right off the bat I could tell she loved her job. Who else was this excited while talking on the phone on a rainy Tuesday morning? I could also sense that there was something different about the way things were done at Clear Vision. I had expected to hear the usual questions about how my experience would benefit the company. Instead, Sydney asked what I was looking for in an internship and what I wanted to get out of this.
I came in for an interview and immediately learned that this internship would not involve idle time. I would be entering paperwork into our work systems, helping with various HR duties, creating expense reports and organizing receipts, doing work that would make everyone else’s day a little easier. After going over these responsibilities, CEO Stephen Kordella paused for a moment. Acknowledging my experience in media, he offered to give me brand management responsibilities on top of the administrative tasks. I had become so accustomed to over-explaining how my experiences would make me a perfect fit into whatever role was needed that I was taken aback when the gears shifted. I was receiving an offer to do exactly what I wanted to be doing because I was already seen as an asset to the team.
Over the past three months at Clear Vision Communications, I learned that this is simply the way the company does things. Their leaders encourage growth and learning through challenging yourself to go out and get the job done. The team is excited about what they are doing each and every morning. I came to this internship thinking that I was a morning person but I had no idea how much of a morning person you could really be. I wrote several blog posts on the experiences our employees had at Clear Vision, interviewing a new team member every few weeks. I would wake up an hour before I needed to just so I could chug some coffee and attempt to match the energy that everyone else seemed to have at 7am. Sometimes I could hardly keep up with my notes as the person on the other end of the phone would chat away about how their job helps them grow both personally and professionally. Writing about their experiences inspired me to work a little harder every day and to find my own strengths in the workplace.
Aside from writing, I had the chance to create and curate posts on all of Clear Vision’s social media platforms. Working with our brand manager, I learned how to post for search engine optimization and I learned the ins and outs of actually managing a brand. I was expected to bring my own ideas to the table every week and I was often asked for my opinion on the way things were going or what we could be doing better. Simply being able to take a critical look at the work I was doing and having the freedom to create gave me the confidence to make suggestions and work harder. There is so much conversation and support at Clear Vision and it truly makes you feel valued and confident to tackle your goals.
Following this internship, I will be headed back to Athens, Ohio for my last semester at Ohio University. Upon graduation this December, I believe things will be a little different when I head out for job interviews. I will have a little more experience, a little more confidence, and a little more determination and it’s all thanks to Clear Vision!