When I started my search for a summer internship, I only had one stipulation: I didn’t want it to be in my hometown. I dreaded the idea of having to come home to spend the summer in the place I spent years just waiting to get away from. Don’t get me wrong, I love my hometown and I love the people in it. I just wanted my experience to be in a place completely new and different to me.
So, when I heard of the internship being offered this summer at Kankakee Valley REMC, I was reluctant on applying. I wasn’t even sure if I was qualified enough for the work they would want me to do, and it made me nervous. I went back and forth on it for a few days and decided to apply on a whim. When I was contacted for an interview, I thought, if nothing else, it’s a good experience just to be considered for the position. I put my nerves aside and my best foot forward and went in for an interview.
After interviewing with Kankakee Valley REMC, something shifted inside of me. I realized this experience wouldn’t be what I expected it to be. I saw before me an opportunity to really grow, not just as a writer, but as a professional, in an environment that allowed me to create freely and learn under experienced individuals who I already knew and respected. I knew that this was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and that this place would be the ideal setting for me to explore whichever direction I might want to move in when I start looking for a job post-graduation.
So far, through this internship, I’ve done more than I ever thought I would. From, going 100 ft. in the air in a bucket truck to get birds-eye-view pictures of a motorcycle gang, to designing and writing a manual for our company’s customer service reps, I’ve exercised many of the skills I’ve acquired in college and I’ve taught myself some new ones along the way. I love coming to work and contributing to something bigger than myself. It gives me a stronger sense of purpose, which was something that’s always been important to me when searching for a job.
I’ve often heard that you’ll seldom use the things you learned in school in the career that you end up with. What I love about this job is that I’m using the lessons I learned in college every single day. It makes me feel like I’m in the right place, doing the right thing. It’s safe to say that I’m elated to have this position with KV REMC, and I’m truly looking forward to the rest of the summer.