Phony, fake, inadequate, not ready… these were the thoughts flooding my mind as I woke up, put on my mother’s dress, and drove to my very first internship in the corporate world. When I first heard about the Trend Micro internship I was thrilled at the opportunity. Now, as the day had finally come for me to dive in and begin this new journey, I was hesitant. I didn’t feel prepared.
My name is Lauren Hooper, and I am a sophomore Public Relations major at Harding University. Although I have only taken one class related to my major (Intro to Public Relations), the weeks leading up to my first day here at Trend Micro, I was confident. In the true spirit of those of us from the Millennial Generation, I overestimated myself.
The reason I chose public relations as my major of choice is simple really: I love people! At the time (and still today), I did not quite understand how in-depth the field truly is. During my first two days here, as I learned more information about PR than I ever had before, a small part of me sank further into panic as I figured out that I have no clue what I’m doing. But as I reflect on my first week, I have realized that is what an internship is all about. I don’t have to know everything. I am not expected to write flawless communication plans, blog posts, and press releases. I will learn and benefit from any failed attempts.
An internship can also be filled with fabulous perks: company coffee mugs, pens, your own little cubicle, and sometimes your boss gives you red velvet cupcakes just because. There are several professional benefits, too, including real-world experience and an upper hand in the classroom. One of the best perks though is the people you get to work with.
The Trend Micro employees are a team, a family. Everywhere you look, friendly smiles greet you with “good mornings” (although maybe that’s the free coffee talking). As lame as I once thought cyber security was, I understand the value of protecting the online world and my personal information.
Those of us in the Millennial Generation often receive a bad reputation as lazy, greedy, and self- indulgent. Maybe some of that is true, but we are also flexible, open minded, and connected. With all the information we could want just a few clicks away, we are redefining the workplace.
I am excited to gain new insight into the working world and also reap invaluable benefits from my new knowledge of cyber security. The world won’t stop changing, and hackers won’t quit hacking. It is imperative that cyber users are aware of how to protect themselves, and this generation will need to understand this if we are to be successful.
Throughout the eight to ten week duration of this internship, myself and about a dozen other Trend Micro interns (also known as “TrendTerns”), will be voicing our internship experiences and thoughts about cyber security via social media. Comment below to share your own thoughts, or follow/join our conversations on Twitter, where we’ll be using #Trendterns.
Beginning any internship may be scary at first, but positive effects are vast if you can just muster up a tiny bit of courage. So my advice to you, fellow millennials: don’t let the fear of failing prevent you from having the courage to find your fit.