Entering the field of communications as a student, I wasn't really sure what path should I take in this broad field– and that is completely fine for me. I always tell myself that I'll find what I want eventually; and for the meantime, I'm just going to explore.
When the pandemic began and we were put into lockdown for months, I started to think how can I help myself grow amidst these challenges while at the same time doing my part for my community.
After that, I decided to look for webinars, trainings and virtual internships; anything that will enable me to get valuable experience that can nourish my skills.
When I saw the internship at the ASEAN Foundation, I got excited, but at the same time, I'm afraid– will I get in?
I spent two weeks writing my motivation letter. I had to revise it countless times until I'm convinced that it's good to go. I also prepared my portfolio; and I was hesitant because I don't think it's enough.
Holding my breath, I finally sent my application to the HR.
Today, I am grateful I took the leap of faith. I have learned so many things that I can't simply learn elsewhere.
I drafted a speech for an Ambassador, learned how to create and send e-newsletter through Mailchimp, conduct social media monitoring, curate online contents, acquired the necessary skills to be able to make a good social media plan, publish posts through Meltwater, learned how to expand my network, and even challenged my shy and awkward self by taking on the role as emcee and moderator on webinars.
I spearheaded the communication plan for ASEAN Data Science Explorers, ASEAN Youth Social Journalism and Online Safety Series in Collaboration with Google– of course, with the help and supervision of my excellent mentors and supervisor.
I also took part in the Empowering Youths Across ASEAN and ASEAN Photo Competition for Sustainable Energy programmes.
Even though it was challenging to balance my studies and this internship, it didn't seem so draining as every task that I accomplished is very rewarding. This internship enabled me to understand ASEAN more. It made me appreciate our region more and I was glad to have contributed my time and effort to this organization that helps promote the ASEAN ideals.
Communications Intern and Student from Southern Luzon State University