A Day in the Life of an Intern: Tuesday, October 15

I’m back again with another “Day in the Life of an Intern” blog post (if you missed my first one, you can find it here). Here’s a taste of what I am currently doing and working on at my internship at the Illinois Leadership Center (ILC).


7:45am – Just like my last post, my day starts at a bit earlier than the average Joe since I work the opening shift of my on-campus job. Until 9am, I am unlocking classrooms, working on tickets, and preparing myself for the workday.

9:00am – I actually made it to work on time today (normally I get in a few minutes late because of my little walk up the quad). I spent the first 30 minutes of my day settling in with my cup of coffee, talking to some of the undergrad student workers, and catching up with the other grad students I work with.

9:30am – We have bi-weekly staff meetings on Tuesdays, and this week was our on-week. I actually really enjoy our staff meetings and we discussed a lot of interesting, potential marketing strategies for the ILC to start implementing this time around, which was cool to hear.

10:20am – Our staff meeting was a bit shorter than usually, so I spent about 10 minutes finishing a response to an email I had started pre-staff meeting and organizing my Outlook calendar for the rest of the week.

10:35am – With all the little “to-dos” and meetings out of the way, I was finally able to plug in and hunker down on completing the research and writing the introduction for a journal manuscript I am working at for the ILC. Obviously I can’t say too much about it, but it has been really interesting to explore the field of higher education research and learn more about the specific topic at hand.

12:00pm – Lunch time! For the first time this semester, all four of us graduate students ate lunch together, so it was a really enjoyable lunch break.

12:30pm – I got back to work so that I could finish the last paragraph of the introduction before my afternoon of workshop facilitation

1:00pm – For the hour in between the workshop and me finishing the first draft of the introduction of the manuscript, I did a lot of little tasks, such as: setting up the conference room, cleaning my desk, and editing my learning goals for my social work degree.

2:00pm – I have been working on redesigning our conflict management workshop, and today is the day I got to facilitate it for the pro staff at the ILC. It went pretty well! The provided me with a lot of valuable feedback and I am excited to roll it out to students in the upcoming weeks.

3:10pm – With all the recommendations and suggestions in hand from the workshop, I spend a good bit of time redesigning slides, editing the PowerPoint content, and fixing the facilitation guide.

4:20pm – For the last 40 minutes of the work day, I spent a little bit of time chatting with my colleagues (we were all a bit checked out by this point in the day), wrapping up everything on my computer, and making my to-do list for the rest of the week.

5:00pm – Peace out, I’m heading home!


This is another very typical day of my life as a grad school intern! I think I’ll do one more of these posts in November, so stick around to see the progress I’ve made in my internship 🙂

Thanks for reading and check back soon for more.

Until next time,

Michaela

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