As today marks the first day of school for many, it is a bittersweet feeling for me considering this will be the first August I am not sitting in a classroom. For the past few days my Facebook newsfeed has been filled beyond belief with pictures and status updates about returning to school for another great year of college and hopes and aspirations of the year to come. I cannot help but think back to a year ago embarking upon my senior year with that same eagerness. Not only did the past year fly by in a flash but so has this past summer. With the passing of senior year has also been the passing of my summer internship. Lucky for me, I am fortunate enough to have accepted a permanent position in social media with Atomic DC! I am so thankful to be given this opportunity and am filled with the same eager feeling that I had last fall. When looking to the future, I cannot help but think of how much my internship has prepared me to tackle whatever comes my way. With that being said, I’ve come up with several reasons why you should consider taking on an internship before accepting a full time position.

Early Mornings. That’s right. This could possibly be the biggest downfall about the real world. Luckily, as an intern, you get some breathing room. For me, I didn’t have to be to work until 10 AM. I know, I know 10 AM is late! Not to a recent college graduate with classes only two days a week her last semester. An internship eases you into the real world, that way when it finally hits, 8 AM isn’t so bad after all (especially when it’s Starbucks Friday).

You gain client experience. The most valuable experience I gained this past is how to deal with clients. Being able to sit in on client meetings prepared me the most for my upcoming role as a social media coordinator. This experience definitely made my first client meeting as a full time employee less stressful. And that’s an understatement.

You evolve. This may not be the case for everyone, but for me, it often takes a while to get me out of my shell. By spending some time as an intern it gives the office time to get to know you. As you learn the ins and outs of how the company is run, you slowly begin to act more like yourself and feel comfortable in your own skin. By the time you step into that full time position with the firm, you will be comfortable in your role and have confidence when making those big time decisions.

I want to thank Atomic DC for providing me with such a fulfilling internship experience. If you or someone you know would like to apply for the Social Media/SEO internship opportunity, shoot an email to social@atomicdc.com. We would love to work with you and teach you the ropes of working in a digital agency. You can also get to know your future coworkers by checking out our Meet the Team page on the Atomic website!

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