I felt very welcomed from the first day at MDI. All of my colleagues did their best to make me feel at home and were always patient with me. Everyone was much focused on work but very relaxed at the same time, which made it a comfortable environment to work in. I had a very good relationship with my colleagues. There were also three other interns who were involved in the same types of activities as myself.
I had no issues with my internship supervisor. I admit I was sometimes hesitating or asking too many questions but he was always patient with me, explaining my tasks thoroughly and always encouraging me.
I really enjoyed working at MDI: one immediately detects a sense of solidarity and generosity. I also learned that it is not always easy to carry out team work. Sometimes a crisis may make one re-prioritise. Sometimes, one needs to delegate or to make another choice. That is why I felt grateful to feel helpful in the office, even if it meant a modest contribution.
Before coming to MDI, I imagined an internship to be quite challenging. Of course, there were moments more challenging than others but I never felt any kind of pressure from any of my colleagues. In fact, I was always encouraged and I learned something new every day.
7. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Conclusions
I believe this internship was a fulfilling experience, which helped me learn and discover more things than I imagined. I never thought I would have the opportunity to take part in designing MDl’s social media strategy and related activities. I felt part of a unique team which helped me experience solidarity and team spirit.
I was inspired by MDI’s policy on diversity. I have always thought that diversity should be promoted as an asset and richness instead of being presented as a trigger of fear, discrimination and conflict. I am glad I was a member of a team who encourages tolerance and understanding between different groups and cultures.
I also gained more confidence. It may sound irrelevant but I used to be afraid of answering the telephone and deal with someone while one of my colleagues was unavailable. The most important lesson I learned was to be professional, never give up good work ethic standards and believe in communication based on common sense.
I do agree that one thing I need to work on is initiative. I was eager to learn but at the same time I always tried to avoid any kind of mistake. To be honest, I was sometimes afraid of being overconfident or overdoing something. However, my internship supervisor advised me not to feel discouraged because initiative will come with more experience.
I honestly do not have anything to criticise. In fact, I feel grateful to have had this unique opportunity, not only in London but also in a great organisation with friendly and welcoming people, who are a model of perseverance.
1. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Introduction
2. Sharing an internship experience abroad: About Media Diversity Institute in London
3. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Multilingual aspects of MDI’s communications
4. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Tasks and learning outcomes
5. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Activities related to my MA programme
6. Sharing an internship experience abroad: Colleagues and working environment