In the final two weeks of my internship, I have done quite a bit of reflecting. I am sad to leave. Though I surely experienced my fair share of ups and downs with my emotions and at times full desire to return home, after these eight weeks I can confidently say that this city has made a huge impression on me and leaving will leave a whole in my heart.
In my final two weeks, I completed the long-term projects I had been working on throughout my internship experience. I completed our Halloween plans and pitched the finalized plans to the team. ‘Stranger Cuckoo’ was a huge hit and has been put into the motion. I then put together plans for New Year’s Eve. ‘Cuckoo Casino’ was another huge hit and the team was pleasantly surprised with my ability to be creative even though they have previously done many themes throughout their years. Hearing positive feedback from my coworkers and supervisors was always a wonderful thing to hear and made me feel highly valued.
I was also able to co-plan my own event with fellow intern, Rachel. When I first interviewed with CEA, I asked them to place me with a company in which I would be able to have experience in all departments. By planning this event from start to finish, I could do just that – and more! I created a business plan which included forecasted financial plans, I worked with security and staff to organize their attendance at the event, briefed the team with our plans and special accommodations that night and planned the creative side of the event.
Though I’m not quite sure exactly what I want to do as a future career, this internship taught me a lot about myself. My interest in living and working abroad has been reconfirmed and sparks even greater excitement for the future. It showed me the importance of being flexible and willing to take on any project and assume any role in order to get the most exposure and gain the most experience from a given situation – personally and professionally. It helped me get outside of my comfort zone. I was nervous to work on some of the projects, such as creating promotional videos for a collaboration event and producing a press release on my very first day, but being timid only hindered me. I learned the importance of jumping in with both feet and giving it my all and that it’s okay to mess up. I also learned that working at a desk is not my ideal setting as my slower days I would find myself very bored and incredibly frustrated by the lack of activity. I hope that I will be able to find a job which allows me to travel and be on the move as much as possible.
This was an incredible experience and I cannot thank CEA enough for the opportunities they provided me with in my eight weeks abroad. I will surely be back to London quite soon.