And just like that, my second Ogallala Commons internship has come to an end! These past two hundred hours have been filled with triumphs and challenges alike. Being a second year intern, I felt more confident in my role, and excited to dive into the things that I am passionate about!
In my second blog, I discussed the goals I had set for myself at the beginning of the summer. These goals fell into three different categories: communication, leadership and expanding my professional network. It took a lot of effort to complete these three goals on top of the internship requirements, but these goals all had a part in benefitting my own professional development.
My favorite goal was expanding my professional development, because it was the most fun! I attended five local professional networking events! Four of which were local board meetings, and one was our Rural Philanthropy Days kickoff! I enjoyed getting to network with professionals in my community as well as those in surrounding communities.
My second goal was in the leadership category. I sat down personally with three of my close friends and had a conversation with them about what exactly leadership is. After this conversation, I educated them on some leadership traits and techniques I had learned at the Ogallala Commons orientation retreat.
My third and final goal was communication. My original goal was to design at least five logos for local businesses. Unfortunately, I was only able to halfway accomplish this goal, as I was only able to design two logos. While I was disappointed, sometimes goals are meant to be extended and I plan to extend this goal into my next internship!
As I was a marketing intern, a majority of my internship was devoted to graphic design for advertising. I was very blessed to have access to Adobe Editing Software (Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc) as well as a MacBook to work on! I utilized these tools in order to create flyers, logos and much more!
The main projects I worked on were local events put on by our Chamber of Commerce. I created flyers, Facebook posts, sponsorship thank you, and complimentary tickets for Old Fashioned Saturday Night. I also designed the logo, flyers and Facebook posts for Corn Festival.
In conclusion, this past summer has been full of success and many great opportunities. I am extremely grateful for this experience for the past two summers and Ogallala Commons has benefited me in countless ways.