Written by Twilla King, Senior at Robert Morris University
As we near the final days of my internship, I am excited to reflect and update you all on my experiences over the past several weeks. I cannot believe my twelve-week internship at Apogee is coming to an end. It seems like just yesterday I pulled into the parking lot nervous about what my experience would be like. If you would have asked me eleven weeks ago what I expected to take away from working at Apogee, I would have told you that I simply hoped to learn new things and get pushed out of my comfort zone. I’m proud to say that my experience at Apogee has completely exceeded my expectations. Since my last blog, I've become even more emerged in the ins and outs of a business on the rise.
"I am proud to say that my experience at Apogee has completely exceeded my expectations."
Running a business is not simply condensed to supplying services and bringing in revenue. There is so much more that goes on behind the scenes. Seeing the amount of strategic planning that occurs daily was a bit overwhelming at first. I can't even tell you how many meetings I've sat in on. Though I have no experience in the field, I was often encouraged to share insights and allowed to make contributions to planning. As an executive assistant intern, my tasks were diverse and ever-changing. I was not confined to one realm of the business. Many of my days were spent working on various initiatives within human resources, marketing, and sales. After working on a six-month sales review, I’ve gained a much better understanding of the sales pipeline. I’ve also gained a newfound love for marketing. One of my tasks was to create a press release for the company newsletter, which I was able to turn in for my business communications course at school. I got an A!
"Though I have no experience in the field, I was often encouraged to share insights and allowed to make contributions to planning."
Apogee made an emphasis to ensure that my experiences were not confined to the office. Throughout the course of the internship, I was able to sit in on a legal presentation on the psychology of witnesses, learn how to become a better leader, engage in teamwork exercises with coworkers, and heard firsthand how women have overcome adversity and risen to the top of a male-dominated field. My favorite activity was working with co-workers to push a marble through nine tiny pipes into a cup 40 yards away without touching the ground. Can you imagine how hard that was?
"My favorite activity [at one of our CEO's Leadership Challenge Workshops] was working with co-workers to push a marble through nine tiny pipes into a cup 40 yards away without touching the ground. Can you imagine how hard that was?"
Overall, I would say that I’ve grown professionally and as a person while at Apogee. Between the knowledge and experience I’ve gained, and the connections I've made, my internship was more than what I could have hoped for. I’m truly grateful for all of the things that I've learned, whether it be strategies for increasing client satisfaction, marketing tools, or navigating through new software. Thank you, Apogee, for not only providing an engaging and encouraging work environment that I didn't dread coming into but for supplying me with the tools and experience to help me succeed in my future endeavors.
We cannot thank you enough for all your hard work at Apogee, Twilla! You will surely be missed!