Internship as most students and institutions refer to it, is the act of rendering a volunteering hand in a company or an institution in order to learn new things on the job.
Internship has become part and parcel of the lives of most tertiary students and i am not excluded.
I had my internship with Radio Univers where I was exposed to all kinds of working activity.
As a novice in the world of news media, I did not have it easy because I was not used to an environment like that.
With time, I was able to move along with my other colleagues in the newsroom.
Radio Univers taught me a lot, especially how to script reports, write news for both radio and online, conduct interviews with important personalities and working together as a team.
I managed to get over of my shyness and timidity thanks to Radio Univers.
One may ask, whether I experienced any form of stress?
The answer is a resounding yes.
The environment I found myself in was very stressful with pressure coming from producers, editors and even working colleagues.
Waking up at dawn, searching for news, scripting reports were all forms of stress I went through.
Sometimes, I will wanted to impress my editor only to realize that he is not even moved with all I did…what a funny thing.
Internship has trained a lot of students to become what they have become in society.
One most important fact about internship is learning on the job.
You will always have to be vigilant in order to grasp the new things you are being exposed to.
Laziness should never be a part of your attitudes whiles you are on the job. You will end up leaving without learning nothing or even be sacked for incompetence.
One thing I also learnt whiles interning with Radio Univers was that, hard work counts a lot.
Being hardworking allowed me to get most of the opportunities which came my way.
Attending seminars and conferences as a reporter was one of the greatest opportunities I got whilst working with Radio Univers. I remember how happy I was when I was assigned to go cover a conference for the very first time.
There is so much of learning at Univers. There is a lot of support as they are concerned about your well-being too.
My attitude to time has also massively improved, because a lot of the work I was doing was time sensitive.
With this, your schedule soon fills up and you will have quite a few things you need to do that day.
Another thing that I’ve found really beneficial is the improvements made to my analytical skills.
I got to watch lots of material and then review them to see if they’d be good on a certain channel.
So you have to be very analytical when you watch things. I can’t watch TV anymore without criticizing it in my head.
Going to work was quite difficult because I would have to always move from Tema to Legon.
I was glad to have had a really good team around me.
There was nothing that the team at Univers were angry with me about, they were all really lovely.
I thought they’d be a lot more demanding of me, but they were very understanding and patient.
I felt I was a valued team member because my team were actually really lovely that made a really big difference.
No one made me feel like I was only there for a limited period so they didn’t need to bother with me.
It’s very easy to feel comfortable in that environment, because nobody is dismissing you as “just an intern” and no one is frightened to help you out.
Along with the career skills, I’ve also made loads of great connections.
I was very shy when I first entered the University, but now I’m much more confident and independent.
My advice to students is this, you have to keep motivating yourself, because it does become demoralizing week after week when you are looking up and feel like you’re getting nowhere.
Also be wary of opportunities that require you to work for free, because a lot of them aren’t very good and can take advantage.
Use social media as well.
Being at somewhere like Radio Univers, a lot of the jobs are filled internally, just because you’ve got an end date to your internship, doesn’t mean there won’t be opportunities to stay on after that.
Written by: Otchere Jonathan, Intern.