Aydali Campa is currently interning with Olytico as part of the CAPA study abroad programme. She is a junior at Arizona State University majoring in journalism and mass communication and minoring in studio art and international studies. Aydali heads back to America on December 17th, 2016.
Being an aspiring journalist who has been taught the importance of social media and data analytics for accurate storytelling, Olytico immediately caught my attention. When I finally received an email over the summer saying I had an interview with Olytico I was thrilled, to say the least. I spent this last fall interning as a trainee analyst at Olytico and studying journalism and visual media at Griffith College Dublin through CAPA, an international education organisation.
Being a first generation college student, I knew college was something I had to take advantage of to the fullest by seeking opportunities that would allow me to grow personally and professionally as much as possible. To me, flying overseas to study in a different education system and to work in an environment I was unaccustomed to was essential for maximising my college experience.
I chose Ireland because I wanted to witness the beautiful marriage between majestic brick castles and the endless greenery. The people speak my language, yet their culture is completely different than American culture. It’s a popular destination for tech enthusiasts. Its people are known for their friendliness and their great sense of humour. It was an obvious decision for me.
The combination of studying and interning abroad is like no other. Interning at Olytico, grabbing lunch with the girls, walking back to campus through the city and then taking classes with students from all around the world was a routine I hoped wouldn’t end. Throughout my three months living and working in Dublin, I felt like I was becoming a local, something I couldn’t imagine feeling if I had only been taking classes.
I had been exposed to social media tracking only a bit in my previous internship in Arizona, but I found Olytico to be a one-of-a-kind internship experience. As I read through previous interns’ logs, I found that theirs and my projects were all unique. I can certainly attest to how Olytico shapes the internship experience according to each intern’s abilities and interests with the portfolio I’ve been able to compile during my time in Olytico.
At ASU my journalism school emphasises how writing is only a fraction of what makes up excellent journalism. I definitely broadened by journalistic abilities while interning at Olytico because not only did it hone my writing skills, but it also fostered learning beyond writing. I was in the know of Irish current events, my confidence in my writing rose to a whole new level and I even gained a valuable knowledge in business. The team encouraged me to be creative with how I interpreted data and presented it to their audience through their blog.
As for the team itself, they exceeded my expectations since day one when they all stood up from their desks to greet me when I walked into the office for the first time. These people soon became my mentors and role models at Olytico. I can say that I grew significantly as a journalist this past semester and that I have the Olytico team to thank for.