It happens to most of us at one point or another. You walk in and have no idea who is who and what to say. You meet a lot of new people and get seated at a foreign desk. You’re young and fresh off your first or second semester in college. It’s the life of a first-time intern.

I recall my first time stepping into the office of my first internship and how intimidating it was to work with experienced professionals. I was a young and timid freshman who didn’t know what to do or what kind of questions to ask to help guide me. What I did know is that I wanted to do a great job and produce the best work possible.

It took me a fun five years to grow and mature into the intern and soon-to-be professional I am today. I went through a drastic growth and maturity spurt between my first internship and my current role as an intern at Crossroads. I am by no means a know-it-all, but I know enough about public relations and am smart enough to ask the right questions to create a worthy finished product.

I made positive mistakes. It’s a cliché; however, it stands true to my experience. The mistakes I made led to growth and improvement. It’s a constant struggle to keep up with industry trends and an overflowing To Do list, but it’s not exclusive to interns.

I’ll soon encounter another transition from student and intern to full-time employee and am grateful I’ve been at this crossroads—no pun intended—before. Once again I’ll walk in and meet new faces and sit a foreign desk, but this time around my growth as an intern will help me get through day one.

My advice to first-time interns is simple. Trust what you know and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your teammates are your best resources. Asking them questions leads to a better understanding and healthier working relationships.

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