This fall has been a season of firsts for me. My first time to Europe, my first time working in an office, and my first internship! Since September I have been interning with Olytico through the CAPA international program. I am a sophomore at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama majoring in Photography and minoring in Journalism. I chose to come to Ireland because I was in love with the scenery from movies such as, P.S I Love You and Made of Honor and for Ireland’s friendly and outgoing reputation.
I really had no idea what to expect from Olytico. I knew that I would be working with software that I never had before and I was nervous because I knew that I was inexperienced in both the tech and business worlds. From the very first day, though, Olytico has been a dream like experience. The entire office has been welcoming and friendly. I am more of an introvert so it took me a
couple of weeks to come out of my shell and feel comfortable but for those first weeks everyone would invite me into conversations and made me feel like I was truly apart of the team. Aside from feeling welcomed, I have also felt like I am an asset to the company. Stephen has constantly reminded me that even the simplest of tasks are important to the greater picture and purpose of the company. And even now, in my last week, the entire team continually makes themselves available for any questions I have.
At Olytico I have had the privilege of familiarizing myself with several different software solutions and quickly learned about the various different social networks and the analytics behind them. I didn’t even have a Twitter account before I came to Ireland and now I can confidently write professional and academic posts. I have also learned business skills that I will be able to take with me to any other internship or profession down the line. Not only has Olytico taught me the social media analytics trade, they have also encouraged me to utilize my artistic skills in their work. One of my favourite projects I worked on while I was here was taking photographs for Olytico. I never thought that I would be able to express my passion while interning with a company that has nothing to do with Photography. It was so fun and now Olytico has an asset to their company that will last even after I have left.
Outside of the office I have been attending classes at Griffith College as well as traveling around both Europe and the rest of Ireland. I have thoroughly enjoyed Dublin, especially recently now that all of the Christmas lights are hung all over town. One of my favourite things to do in Dublin has been on Tuesday nights at the Stag’s Head. They have a free comedy club called ‘Comedy Crunch’ with three comedians per show and complimentary ice cream!
Olytico is so different from any other internship that I have heard of; they don’t want you here just to make coffee runs. My three months at Olytico have been irreplaceably important to my academic and professional career and I could not have asked for a better experience for my first internship.