“If you love what you do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”
I always thought my mother made that phrase up. I heard it so many times from her, I figured it had to be something of her own creation. She always came home with a big smile on her face, so I never questioned it until my teachers started saying it. Then all of a sudden I was a senior in high school, and it was all around me. It seemed as if everyone I met had something to say about it, good and bad.
“Make sure you like what you do, forever is a long time!” “It doesn’t matter what direction you take, just find a job that will support your hobbies.”
Three years flew by, and I found myself in Rome, Italy, frantically applying to summer internships for the last time. By June 1st, I found myself in a two-person office across from the Empire State Building, interning for a company I knew little about, and for a team I had never met. Yet somehow, everything felt right. I was part of something that was much bigger than me, and extended beyond my comprehension. Working at Alpaytac was like being at an all-you-can-eat buffet, and I was hungry.
I was completely and utterly stuffed my first week. The Chicago team fed me more knowledge about the PR world than I had gotten in three years at Rutgers University. I learned about daily monitoring, critical mention, pitch writing, press release distribution, and more. Working three days a week presented a challenge, but I was ready for it. I wanted to give them everything I had, no matter what.
The three months separating your junior and senior year in college are critical. They determine where you will be, who you will be with, and what you will be doing. I quickly learned that the more involved in Alpaytac I became, the more I liked the company and the industry. My place as the only intern at the New York City office was a privilege. I was able to work directly with Senior Account Manager Audrey Sahl, as we were the only ones representing the entire city. I also had the support of Alexis Dremonas and Rebecca Miller, my internship coordinators from the Chicago Headquarters. I had even corresponded with the President and CEO Huma Gruaz, and nearly everyone else in between.
I have been here for a month and a half now, and that support has not wavered. I am involved with events and projects I did not think I would be able to participate in. I love what I do, and have yet to feel like interning for Alpaytac is, in the traditional sense, “work.” It is excitement, it is learning, it is growth. Who knows where I will be in these upcoming years, but I could not have asked for a better place to start. The training I have received is unparalleled. I look forward to coming into work every day, and seeing what challenges I can overcome.
It’s not something that I “have” to do, it’s something that I “get” to do. Not many interns are able to say that about their job. I consider myself very lucky, and am proud to be part of such an amazing company and team.