Disclaimer: This is a very untraditional story about landing an internship.
I was apart of an awesome leadership program for Communication and Business majors/minors called CABLE (Communication and Business Leadership Experience). Essentially, this program is an opportunity for students to network, learn how to translate their work experience, and overall grow professionally. This leadership program was so beneficial for me and opened countless doors full of connections and mentors. To find out more about the program, click here.
Every year to wrap up this leadership program there is a case study with 2 reputable companies; this year was Chicago GOOGLE and Chicago JP MORGAN. Our class split into two groups, and our assignment for the bulk of the fall semester was to work on these case studies & prepare a presentation for our assigned company because, in the beginning of November we would go to these clients in Chicago to present our work. I was on the GOOGLE team.
November came and we were off to Chicago for 3 days! To make the most of our trip
our professor scheduled a time and place for us to meet alum that live in Chicago, as well organized site visits to different companies Wittenberg’s alum worked for.
The day before our case study presentations, were hosted by a fabulous Wittenberg alum and visited the ad agency where she worked, Walton Isaacson, where Cory Isaacson himself, came to speak to our class about his story and his success.
His story inspired me.
After our session, I walked up to him and told him how much I enjoyed his story and his untraditional path to success. I mentioned I was a Music and Communication double major; he stopped me mid-sentence.
“Wait, you sing?” He asks me?
“Yes,” I say proudly. I continue “I sing operatically.”
“You’re an opera singer?” With even more enthusiasm this time.
“Yup! I sing in about 5 different languages.” I can see how impressed he is. He asks me to sing for him.
“Right now?!?” I ask, “How about tomorrow?”
He begins to speak again. “Tell you what, you come back and sing 3 different songs in 3 different languages tomorrow.” I wasn’t sure if he was serious, but I accepted. When one of the Founders of a successful company asks you to come back and sing for his office, you do it! I mean at this point, what choice did I have?!
I literally practiced all night.
Tomorrow is here, and I leave my group at the hotel to go back to Walton Isaacson’s office.
“Have a seat while I grab him for you.” the receptionist says. I’m pretty sure she can see me sweating from a mile away, so I sit in the chair and quietly talk to myself saying as many positive affirmations as I possibly can.
He comes out to greet me and we walk to the common area in the office where everyone is already gsthered eating their snacks and ready for my performance.
“Water?” He asks. “Yes please, I mumbled nervously.
By the time he comes back my nerves are as calm as I can get them and I am ready to perform.
I sing 3 arias:
I sang my little heart out.
After the performance, he asked me to come into his beautiful office and sit down.
“Would you like to intern here?”
I didn’t believe him at first. Did I really just secure a position at an ad agency by singing opera??
What I did was so much more than just sing opera.
WHAT I LEARNED
- Be brave and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. I was comfortable with being uncomfortable and to him, that says a lot about me as a person. I told him I was going to commit to coming back and I did. .
- Learn to look at challenges as opportunities because challenges and being uncomfortable are chances to grow. .
- Learn to be prepared at all times because you never know what opportunity is going to come knocking. .
- Most importantly, I learned the value of networking and showcasing yourself for the world to see. You can be the most talented individual that ever lived, but we will never know unless you put yourself out there and show us!
How do you plan on letting the world know you exist?
What crazy stories do you have to share about cool opportunities you’ve scored? Please share your stories, and don’t forget to like!
P.S. Our Google case study turned out amazing ❤️