Last week I started my internship with Columbus Regional Healthcare, and I couldn’t be more excited. When choosing an internship for this semester, I wasn’t sure where to start, or what I would be good at. I met with Dr. Gibson and she pushed me in the direction of Columbus Regional, and set me up with a meeting with the Director of Strategic Communication, Marketing, & Public Relations, Marion Scott, right away. I was extremely nervous.
Health Communication is a growing field, but I wasn’t sure if it was the field for me. However when I met my ‘boss,’ I got very excited and realized that I could really like this. And I couldn’t have been more correct.
Walking in the first day was exhilarating just for the fact that it felt real—like this will be my real world soon, after graduation and I start my own career. I was given my own cubicle for my own workspace, and I am even allowed to decorate! The entire staff is fantastic and friendly to me. Everyone there wants me to learn, and gain as much experience as I can.
Unfortunately, my boss, Marion Scott, injured herself a week before I got there, but I am fortunate to be able to work under a friendly, familiar face and former CSU graduate. Jessica Word is the Public Relations Coordinator at Columbus Regional, and kind of my temporary boss. She has been so helpful with getting me familiarized with the company, and showing me the ropes of the day-to-day grind.
It is exciting to see all that goes into their jobs. I could have never imagined what all they do. I found out that Columbus Regional Healthcare isn’t just one hospital, but four, and they only have three (and a half) people working in the whole PR/Marketing department. One minute they might be sitting in the office working, the next they get a call from the newspaper or a TV station and they’re scurrying all over trying to coordinate interviews or anything else necessary.
It is exciting work; I can definitely see that now. Seeing and being a part of it helps tremendously, and I know this will be an awesome opportunity. So I am now the first, official CSU intern at Columbus Regional, and I intend to do it well!