: a student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, at a trade or occupation in order to gain work experience. 

Before I began my official summer internship at the headquarters of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), the above definition (plus the Devil Wears Prada, of course) was the extent of my knowledge about the ins and outs of an internship.

It was a first for both of us: I was AAHA’s first official intern, and this was my first official internship. Like any other “first,” I didn’t know what to expect. Perhaps I’d spend my days getting coffee for my coworkers? Making copies? Typing numbers into spreadsheets? My assumptions couldn’t have been more wrong.

Not only did I gain valuable work experience, I also learned how to navigate the professional workplace, the importance of a deadline, and how to be a team player for our department.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, I am currently a sophomore at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. I’m majoring in journalism/mass communication with a concentration in public relations and advertising, and I’m minoring in marketing. Sounds like a complicated mouthful, I know, but I promise they all interconnect, and AAHA was the perfect place to develop my professional skills in all of these areas. 

Here at AAHA HQ, I have been given the opportunity to combine my love for all of these fields in a creative mix of social media and blog posting, working indirectly with our sponsors, and doing my fair share of meeting planning (aren’t you excited for Connexity by AAHA?). I loved applying what I had learned in the classroom to real-life professional scenarios at AAHA.

These are a few of my favorite things (about AAHA)

  • The people are amazing. From the start, everyone has been so welcoming. No one minds when I ask questions (and there have been many, many questions).
  • The pets are abundant. There are pets everywhere. They come to meetings and join us on our wellness walks. They force the team to take an occasional break, smile, and pet them (who wouldn’t love that?).
  • The dedication is obvious and contagious. The team at AAHA HQ never ceases to amaze me with their level of dedication for the AAHA mission and how hard they strive to make sure that our members are receiving the best.

Thank you, AAHA
It was such an honor to get to work alongside such experienced creatives, marketing professionals, and incredible people.

Thank you to everyone who has made my experience so great, especially the insanely talented creative team. I can’t convey how valuable it has been to watch and learn how you make the magic happen here at HQ. Your hard work is inspiring and doesn’t go unnoticed.

As I get ready to head back to school and tackle the rest of my college career, I know that these skills and relationships will continue to impact me. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!

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