As summer draws to a close, so does my time at SPR. This Friday will be my final day interning at the station. While I’m already sad to leave, I know that I have learned many valuable lessons and skills that I will take with me in my future career.
Looking back, it seems silly that I was so nervous to start that first week, but starting after one of the busiest days for the station (the One and Done Pledge Drive) — and on a Friday (what college student wants to give up her Friday afternoons?) — along with the fact that I thought of the staff as mini celebrities made me a giant ball of nerves.
Soon, however, I began to enjoy this break in my college life. For starters, just getting off campus (in my three years at Gonzaga I rarely ventured past Nora Ave), meeting new people, and knowing about events occurring around Spokane made me feel like I was finally independent. Then, I began to enjoy learning about all of the different aspects that go into making a radio station function and I finally started talking to and getting to know the staff.
They are what I will miss the most about this experience. Whether it was trying to track down Verne to get the latest info on his studio guests or chatting with Stephanie as I passed by her desk, the staff at SPR have made me feel so welcome. Also, this being my first internship, I was very anxious to meet my boss, Shelley, but she has been a constant source of wisdom and support during my time here. I have learned so much from her about the fields of marketing and PR and she constantly expands my knowledge of the different facets of the industry. From recording promos, to writing this blog, to uploading podcasts, to perfecting media releases, to doing Facebook research using analytics, to attending events and taking pictures, I have gained so many new experiences this year. The best part of working with her, however, is not the various mediums to which she introduces me, but rather her patience and encouragement while I am learning these new outlets.
I think the most important lesson I have learned in this internship is not a technical note, but more of an attitude. Seeing the passion of each of the staff at SPR and how that helps both their contentment with their job and the product they produce has been rewarding.
I know that in the future I need to pick a career with an organization that shares the same values and mission as I do and never lose sight of that ultimate goal. Even the little, mundane tasks help to achieve the overall picture, so I need to put hard work into each task I take on. I know that seems like such a simple concept, but with so many outside influences trying to pressure me into taking the job that makes the most money, or the job that has the most flexible hours, or the job that will look the best on my resume, it was an important concept to learn.
With that, I wish the best of luck to the next intern who will continue this blog and I hope he or she can continue its purpose of sharing the rare behind-the-scenes world of a public radio station with all of you.