Social Media Internship: A Reflection

What was learned?

As the social media intern for the Department of English and Communication Studies, the beginning weeks of have consisted mostly of planning and designing. In order to properly prepare for future posting I have been creating a posting schedule which has been extremely helpful. I have also spent my time designing different kinds of posts on Photoshop. In addition to planning and articulating posts, I have also assisted in designing different items for organizations like Sigma Tau Delta. This beginning stage of my internship has allowed me to learn a lot, especially about the intricacies of posting on behalf of the department. I have learned about St. Mary’s policy on social media, I have learned how and when to post, but most importantly I have learned much about the department. I quickly realized that it is my job to know about all the events that are happening in the department and either advertise about them or go and showcase them on our social media. I am still learning how to balance all the responsibilities I have as the social media internship, but I feel as if my organization and planning skills have improved tremendously.

What is to be learned?

Samantha Salazar, social media intern for the Department of English and Communication Studies, has learned a lot in her first experience as an intern in charge of several social media outlets. She is currently enrolled in a graphic design course and using her design skills to create graphics for her weekly posts and on the same hand is practicing the skills she is learning in class. Social media is an important skill to master as an aspiring professional and the experience she is getting is crucial for her development towards that. In addition, Salazar is also gaining practice for her position for The Rattler. The Rattler is beginning to move towards building their social media presence and the first-hand experience Salazar is gaining in planning posts and utilizing themed weekly posts will be extremely beneficial for the newspaper. Salazar has gained a lot knowledge in a very short span of time, but is still hoping to learn about different types of posts possible for the social media platforms. In order to learn more about that, Salazar will have to consult her direct supervisor, Dr. Langston and Dr. Hill. She will first have to brainstorm some original ideas for posts that showcase the department in visual and creative ways and then pitch those ideas to her supervisors.

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