This summer I had the opportunity of interning at Dogwood Media Solutions. Going into the summer, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. But even in the short time I’ve been here, I learned a lot.

I am an English Major at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While I have experience writing, I had no prior experience in this field with the exception of one Intro to Graphic Design
I understood when I accepted this position that a large part of what I’d be doing was tedious tasks that just had to get done. I got really good at copy and pasting information from old websites to the newly designed one. However, while accomplishing these tasks I had the opportunity to learn the basics of programs like WordPress. I am now able to create basic web pages and do basic design work.
On top of the skills I learned, I also learned what it’s like to work for a small company. While there are only 6 of us in the office, it did provide an opportunity for me to see what this kind of job would be like and to get better at working alongside and for others. I’m not sure if my future job will look anything like this, but this was a great building block.
My internship has taught me a lot of information that will be beneficial in my career field and make me more valuable to future employers and I’m excited to keep learning. This summer is not the end of my career in the media and marketing world. I’m planning to take a professional writing class in the fall that is specifically about designing documents for digital media. I believe that this summer has prepared me for this class and for other opportunities in the future.
Prior to the summer, I was dreading my Professional Document Design class. Through my internship, I’ve gained more confidence in my abilities. I am certain that I am capable of handling this class and more.
I’m excited to see where my education and experience leads me. I’m thankful to Dogwood for giving me this opportunity and taking the time to teach me so much this summer.

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