What My Internship Has Taught Me

As I enter the last week of placement with Babelfís, I would like to reflect on the past 20 action-packed weeks. Where to begin? When I joined the Babelfís team at the start of January I was a little nervous but also excited and eager to learn. I learned about many different aspects of marketing in college over the last two and a half years and now was my opportunity to put them into practice. Being creative and unique is something I love, joining Babelfís I knew that’s exactly what I was going to be able to do.

Naturally, I was really nervous on my first day and there were a lot of things going through my head. I was worried about being back in an office setting after doing college remotely for the last year and a half, I was anxious about not being able to pick up skills quickly and not knowing how to do my work. Whereas, looking back now I had no reason to be worried as the whole team supported me from the minute I set foot into the office.

My internship with the Babelfís team is something I am very grateful for, as I know my learnings will help me both with my final year studies and also when I am seeking employment after I graduate next year.

So let’s take a look at what I’ve got up to…

Throughout my internship, I have created content for Babelfís, Babelfís Print, local businesses and clients. Platforms I have gotten the opportunity to work with were Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and TikTok. I was lucky enough to work with many local Cork businesses, where I got to see different work environments and build my network within Cork. At the start, I was a little hesitant about heading out on my own to capture content, but over time I built the confidence to approach businesses and create some great content. By practicing my photography and videography skills, I continued to improve the standard of content in which I produced.

I have written many blogs for Babelfis Print during my internship which has hugely helped and improved my copywriting skills. At the start I found it challenging to write in a professional tone but after practicing and putting in a lot of time and effort I quickly learned how to be engaging, interactive and encourage people to read my blogs.

I have had the opportunity to be a part of campaigns and photoshoots with my work colleagues for different Cork businesses and local clients. These campaigns have been so eye-opening as I never fully understood the amount of work and effort that is put in to ensure the content captured is of the highest standard. I feel so lucky and fortunate to get to experience this.

One of my main accomplishments throughout my internship was when I started managing Babelfís Print’s social media accounts. This was a huge responsibility given to me but I felt that my colleagues trusted me and were happy with how I was progressing within the business. I was so happy to see the following of Babelfis Print social media increase and also be able to see people interact with reels, stories and posts. Being a part of a team where I got to have my opinions heard on many projects and brainstorm new ideas with the office, was a great feeling and I believe I wouldn’t have progressed as much as I have if I hadn’t been given these opportunities.

If I was to give any advice to somebody seeking or starting their placement it would be, don’t be nervous (as cliche as it sounds, I know..) as everyone will welcome you into the business with open arms and they will steer you in the right direction to ensure your internship is informative but most importantly enjoyable and memorable.

If you are lucky enough to get offered a placement at Babelfís grab it with both hands, you won’t regret it.