I didn't blog
Don't intern at the company you work for regularly UNLESS the company has an actual internship program and/or the "internship" is better planned by management. I found out the hard way that
I'm really good a following step-by-step directions and as a result can catch on quickly. No joke I had a co-worker tell me this to my face like it was a compliment. I bit my tongue and held back the "no shit thanks. Any chimp can do this!" and smiled and said thank you. Of course I went home and vented to my mom who sympathized with me so that I could come back the next day and try not to be a B to the woman who said this to me.
I like to feel included in the group and not forgotten. I'm pretty sure a lot of people would agree with me on this one. Referring back to not interning at the company you regularly work for - it was because I did this that it was easy for the department I was interning with to not worry about me being downstairs away from their group and forgot to let me know about department lunches (missed 2 of them) and fun food days like Dilly Bars from DQ. I also had an employee (same one that thinks I'm awesomely as smart as a chimp) tell me to my face they forgot about me. Yeah. Awesome right?
Procrastination is my middle name. Nothing really new here. I knew this going in, thought about how I should avoid procrastinating on putting together the materials to hand in and the presentation I had to give, and discovered once again that I truly dislike feeling unprepared and could avoid it all if I didn't love to procrastinate like it's my job.
It might sound like I'm ungrateful that the company I work for allowed me to complete my internship with them this summer based on all the complaining I just did but trust me I'm not! It was because I wanted to be able to go back to my awesome flexible job that I wanted to intern at the company during the summer. Let's face it, it would have been awkward to intern outside the company and then say "oh by the way can I come back Sept-Dec so I can work awesome flexible hours until I graduate and find a different job?" They jumped at the chance to help me in any way that they could to get me the 3 credits for the internship. Hindsight is always 20/20...I know now what to ask for/make sure I get if I ever had to do this experience over again.
And did the department I intern for provide me with everything I needed from them for my internship paperwork and materials to hand in at the end of the summer? Yes! Because of that Yes! I earned 3 credits toward graduating in December. 3 credits I'm not sure how I would have earned in time otherwise. (I'm sure there would have been a way but my advisor made it sound differently so I went with it.)
So, overall was the summer internship a success? Yeah, earning the credits I need (the MOST important part to me) definitely happened but learning about accounting, meh not so much.