It's All About Accountability

This is the final blog of a three part series by Marney Hatch, Account Coordinator at 104 West.

In the first two blog posts, I discussed embracing all the learning opportunities that you are given and the importance of building relationships. It is important to be yourself in the office and embracing the opportunity to learn. As an intern you are given so many opportunities to learn from your co-workers; take advantage of every one of them that is handed to you. Part of taking advantage of opportunities, also means accepting responsibility to be the best intern.

Accepting Responsibility:

Coming into my internship at 104 West, I wasn't expecting to be given a lot of responsibility as an intern - especially when it came to working on client accounts, owning larger tasks or leading project assignments. I was happily surprised to be given so much responsibility right off the bat, and I felt like a trusted member of each of my accounts. I didn't feel like I was treated like an intern, but rather another member of the team. I believe that I was given additional responsibilities because I was diligent in not just accepting the assignment, but seeking out new assignments as my schedule allowed.

I was given the opportunity to write content for a client's blog, write press releases, plan client dinners, create social content, media lists, and write bylines.

One key takeaway from my internship is to trust your abilities as a professional. Your colleagues are not just colleagues, but your mentors. They are giving you opportunities because they want to see you succeed as much as you do. Offer to take on more work if you think you can handle it. You wouldn't be given responsibility if the team didn't think you could handle it.

It's best not to get caught doing nothing. If you finish your work early, don't sit around waiting for someone to tell you what to do next. Ask what you can help with; if you see that some work needs to be done run it by a co-worker and ask if it's something you can assist with. This shows you're not only taking initiative, but that you're willing to take a stab at something you haven't done before to help progress client work.

I really enjoyed my experience as an intern for 104 West, and I couldn't be more excited to be working along side such a brilliant and supportive team. I hope that all the other interns out there are able to get as valuable of an experience as I did.