PRSSA Kent State University
My internship experience at UPMC Hamot this summer was more than I ever imagined. I learned so much and had so many opportunities. I was never looked at as just the intern. Everyone in the office treated me like part of the team.
Although I worked 40-hour weeks, I was never bored. Everyone in the office kept me busy with projects, but would always check in to make sure I wasn’t too overwhelmed. My biggest project was editing a website for Kane Community Hospital, a branch hospital of UPMC Hamot. I edited the content to make it user friendly. We also standardized the design of the site to be more like UPMC’s other sites. Although this project took up a lot of time, it was very rewarding to see it once it went “live.”
UPMC took good care of their interns. Most of the interns were based down in Pittsburgh. However, UPMC did not exclude me because I was two hours away. I worked out of UPMC’s base office, the US Steel Building, several times, which really taught me about working in a face-paced, hectic environment.
I also went down to Pittsburgh to give two presentations in front of the entire marketing and public relations department. We also toured some of the UPMC hospitals in the area, which made us feel more connected to the company. Lastly, we traveled to Pittsburgh for a networking training, and then put those skills to use as we networked with several professionals at a Pittsburgh Pirates game.
The key to a successful internship is to stay committed, organized and excited. Your managers will notice your efforts if you give it 100 percent everyday. Through this internship, I’ve made connections that I intend on keeping for many years.