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The Impact of Internships from a Former Intern

As I approach my last semester at Otterbein University, I’m constantly thinking about what else I can do in order to be prepared for what’s waiting for me after graduation. Just two months ago, I remember feeling nervous about starting my semester because I didn’t have an internship that was involved with journalism or public relations, which are my two fields of study. Then, just a week or so before school started, I was introduced to Matt and Crystal.

As soon as my interview began, I already felt a part of their team. Over the phone, Matt was very welcoming and kind, which from the start, showed the level of respect and attentiveness that the Chamber has for their team and clients. In my role as the Communications and Social media intern, I have learned how to craft and post Canva art to the Chamber’s social media platforms, help promote and work events and also write feature blog posts for the website. For a writer like myself who hasn’t had experience in event planning or working for small businesses, this internship gave me the ability to learn new skills and grow existing ones.

Connections, connections, connections. One word that every student hears at college and tries to practice religiously when approaching graduation. Another great feature that my internship has offered me is the number of connections I’ve made with business leaders around central Columbus. Business luncheons and Chamber events were a great way for me to practice my communication skills and make connections for future opportunities.

As I finish my time and work with Matt and Crystal at the Chamber, I will always be thankful for the opportunity they both gave me to be a part of their team and for allowing me to expand my professional experiences as an employer.


Written by Isabelle Fisher, Otterbein University '23 and former intern with the Worthington Area Chamber

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