The Internship of a Lifetime

5.0
Position title
Communications Intern
Work term type
Internship
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
Honorarium/stipend
How long was your work term?
2 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Toronto, Ontario
Work industry
Public Relations
Faculty
Post Graduate Certificate, Public Relations

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Very impressed
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Very helpful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Challenging
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Very helpful
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

It’s very difficult to narrow down one element I liked best about my internship. I feel extremely fortunate to have met and been able to work with and learn from the people within the Discovery Channel and Local News Communications teams at Bell Media.

I really enjoyed learning more about the entertainment and news industry, I feel this type of knowledge is only something you can really gain from hands-on experiences, which is easier said than earned in today's job climate.

The work I did varied from editing and writing documents such as press releases, character biographies, media alerts, show descriptions and more. I feel my writing skills were enhanced from being given the chance to write these important documents from scratch and see how the content was edited by more senior employees to create the final version.

I also really enjoyed being able to take part in junkets also known as press days. I got the opportunity to meet two actors from the Discovery Channel Show Frontier and help ensure that their multiple interviews went smoothly. This meant ensuring they arrived on time, had everything they needed and felt supported in every way possible. My understanding of earned and paid media was greatly enhanced through the internship as I was tasked with tracking different types of media coverage and assisted in brainstorming angles to pitch journalists for coverage.

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

The element I liked least about my internship was the fact that it was so short.

Eight weeks might seem like a decent amount of time to some but it flew by so quickly- and just when I was starting to get the hang of things.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
All the time
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
Regularly
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

I cannot thank my managers enough for their wisdom, support and trust.

I always appreciated the time they took to provide me with feedback and guidance. These explanations helped improved my overall understanding, which ultimately lead to me learning more about the industry and possible areas where I might see myself working in the future.

I also really appreciated how open my managers were to receiving feedback, they were constantly checking in with how I was doing and feeling towards different tasks and it certainly went a long way in terms of motivating me to continue to do the best work I could.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
Like family
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
All the time
Describe the office environment/culture.

Bell Media's Agincourt location truly has a warm and unique feel office culture. Every Thursday around 3 p.m. the Discovery Channel departments (including Communications, Marketing, Sales, etc). do the wave, ( yes the wave where you stand up and go "woooooo") to help get the blood flowing and remind everybody to keep on working because the weekend is coming!

The employees at this office are so friendly- people say good morning, hold doors for one another and most times have a smile on their face.

The office would often celebrate momentous occasions with food and socializing. This occurred for work anniversaries, awards received, and milestones reached, including gaining strong ratings for a particular quarter or program.

There are often exciting events happening at the location, including special presentations with guest speakers or premieres of upcoming programming, all free for employees. The new cafeteria has really brought people together over their lunch hour, providing a comfortable and modern space to relax and laugh in. Not to mention it has it's very own "Chill Zone" complete with virtual reality goggles.

Although Bell Media is a corporation the overall environment was relaxed, comfortable and a pleasure to work in.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Free coffee Free prepared meals/snacks Social activities Tickets to entertainment events Public transit subsidy

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Just as advertised
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
100%
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
100%
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Cultural fit
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

Definitely apply to work for The Discovery Channel / Local news team because this team will support you, give you confidence and ultimately help you grow in a very short period of time.

If you want to have a great first work environment and experience, this is the internship for you!

Besides the obvious advice of reading the job description thoroughly and tailoring your resume to it, dress professionally, smile lots, definitely know your facts when it comes to Bell Media and its structure and most importantly be your wonderful self and let it come through in the interview.