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My internship has come and gone and thus marks the end of summer and the beginning of the fall and the school term. I am both excited to be going back to school yet anxious to be done with it already and start working so I can pay off all these damn loans.

With that said, here are some things I learned from my internship at Rivet:

  • Every task is important – no matter how small or menial it might seem. As an intern I was often left with the most banal of tasks such as “pick up cookies for the client meeting” and “print these out and give them to X, Y, and Z”. Needless to say I always took them on with a smile on the face because that meant I had something to do! But all these tasks are important in their own right. The cookies help pep up the client before a meeting so they actually pay attention and work can get done and sometimes X,Y, and Z don’t have time or access to look for said papers on the server and print them, or they require copies with signatures on them.
  • The devil is in the details. I proofread quite a few CTPs, lives, and proofs and all I can say is “BE EXTRA MINDFUL AND TAKE YOUR TIME”. As I was reading legal 80% of the time, this was sometimes quite hard since your eyes start to get cross-eyed after the 10th page. Not to mention the fact that it’s all “legal font size” so you’re left squinting the entire time. But this is all quite important because the later in the game you catch a mistake, the more money it costs your client and the worse it makes you and your team look so it’s very important to do it right the first time (or at least try very hard – we’re all human!).
  • Get to know people. Being a person who’s quite shy and quiet, this was pretty hard for me. But I forced myself and don’t regret it one bit. I think I’ve made some lasting relationships and expanded my network considerably – which will help give me a leg-up once I start job hunting for realsies.

I’m so thankful that I completely lucked out and landed myself a position that taught me so much and more. Thank you, Rivet, for an unforgettable experience!

Some of the great people I had the pleasure of working with

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