This summer I was fortunate enough to land one of the highly coveted slots as a D.R.E.A.M. intern. If I had to choose one word to describe my summer as a D.R.E.A.M. intern I would choose: full. It’s an odd adjective to use, but one that has a lot of meaning behind its four compact letters.
From the first day of my internship with D.R.E.A.M. I felt welcomed. As I reflect on my tenure as an intern, I truly felt that I was an integral part of the acclaimed D.R.E.A.M. Team. As the Marketing and Public Relations intern, I was happy to gain experience in the field that I want to pursue post graduation all the while working for a great organization. Some highlights of my summer included updating D.R.E.A.M.’s YouTube account, (which everyone should check out) to writing company developments and announcements on the organization's blog. But why the word "full"?
F represents the the fast paced social media environment. I love the social media atmosphere and where it’s going. It’s hard to find someone in 2013 that does not have a Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram account. In fact, I’d be surprised and fascinated if such a person still exists today. Social media is hard to escape and when you’re caught up in it, it can be a very powerful networking tool. This summer I was all over D.R.E.A.M.'s various social media accounts trying to enhance their brand identity.
U represents “y-o-u”. As as a marketing and public relations intern, I came to quickly realize that my work had a lot to do with me. The management team really depended on me for key tasks. I had to produce highly quality assignments that included my style all the while being engaging. It took some time to learn the right way to go about this new style of writing, but it came with great help.
The two L’s make me envision tall buildings, which surrounded where I worked. New York City isn’t comparable to anything else. I can turn the corner and grab a quick lunch or breakfast and retreat to work. I see the hustle and the pep in everyone’s step from the window and it encourages me to be more focused.
So again, why full? Because, daring to dream makes all the difference between someone who has empty plans and someone who has a full future. DREAMing isn’t an option but instead should be a habit.
About the Author:
Shani Paul is the 2013 Marketing and Public Relations Summer Intern for D.R.E.A.M. She is a rising sophomore at Pomona College in Claremont, California.
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