If you look at the clock and think oh no, I’ve only got an hour left until home-time, you know you’ve got a good job.
That’s how I felt every day while interning at Scotcampus.
It’s been the best experience – I know everybody must say that, but it’s true. I hadn’t completed many internships before, so I was used to hiding behind my laptop more than anything else. Sure, I’d written articles, but I didn’t know much about the day-to-day life of a journalist. Luckily, I was about to find out…
I’ll admit, I didn’t get off to the best start. With my lousy sense of direction, I managed to burst into what looked like a very important meeting (I later found out this was the boss’s office! Yikes!) Eventually, I found my way, and I didn’t get lost again.
Before I even started typing, I was made to feel important. Editor Mike and Assistant Editor Amy were there to help me with anything I needed. They gave me the freedom to write about what I wanted, with feature, travel and music articles aplenty. My personal favourite is the feature article I wrote about the time I had to spend a month without a phone.
But I also got the opportunity to try something new. I wanted to try my hand at fashion journalism, but I also wanted more interview experience. Luckily, I killed two birds with one stone!
I was lucky enough to attend the Christmas Street Wear Festival, where I was able to interview Glasgow’s top fashionistas and report on the clothes they were selling. Heaven.
I’d only conducted a handful of interviews before, so I was still relatively new at it. I soon learned that there was nothing to worry about – as soon as they heard I was from Scotcampus, I was treated like royalty! This is the life, I remember thinking.
But there was so much more to the internship than that. It wasn’t just about the glitz and glam of things; I really got to the nitty-gritty of good journalism. There’s so much behind-the-scenes stuff that we don’t consider when reading our favourite magazines. You have no idea how much work is put into it until you are actually there, doing it yourself!
I learned about the importance of social media – I took control of the Scotcampus Instagram and Snapchat accounts for a night. Believe me, it’s harder than it looks! I learned all about editing and formatting an article (gifs became my new best friend), and Amy was always there to talk me through any ways I could improve my work.
But the highlight for me wasn’t any of that; it was the people I worked with. I can honestly say that I’ve never worked with anyone as nice as the Scotcampus team. If it wasn’t George (the lift man) throwing compliments my way, it was the abundance of free cake and biscuits I received (the Scotcampus team are very generous with their food).
It was such a nice atmosphere to work in. Being a naturally shy person, I was initially worried about coming into the office; but Mike, Amy and Louise managed to get me out of my shell (and it wasn’t just because of the free food).
They were so easy to talk to, which made pitching my ideas a lot easier! The major difference between working alone and working in an office is the aspect of team work. You wouldn’t think such a thing applies to writers, but it does. Getting to brainstorm with the editors and fellow staff writer Emma really opened my mind; soon we were bouncing ideas off each other.
Going back home to write with nothing but a laptop for company won’t be the same. But rest assured, you can’t get rid of me that easily (Amy will hate looking at her email inbox by the time I’m done pitching ideas).
I’ve came out of this experience bigger and better; more confident, more educated, and more excited than ever for the future. If I end up working somewhere half as nice as Scotcampus, I’ll be happy.
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