MISO’s 2019 summer internship program has come to an end. MISO was lucky enough to host 36 incredibly bright and driven students from a variety of different universities, majors and backgrounds. We enjoyed having all of our interns the past 12 weeks and wish them well as they wrap up their college careers and begin their professional journeys. Sarah Hoekstra, a strategic communications intern, shares her experience as a MISO intern.
This year, I had the privilege of interning with the Strategic Communications department at MISO’s Carmel location. Before starting my internship, I went through a whirlwind of different emotions, mostly anxiety and the feeling of being completely unprepared. Most people, including me, have no idea what MISO is when they drive by the building. Walking in for my first day on May 20, I truly was not sure what to expect.
Now that I have reached the end of my 12 weeks here, weeks that have seemed to blow past in a blink of an eye, I can look back at my time in the office and can see just how much MISO has given me. Not only that, but I have fallen in love with this industry. This experience has clearly blown any idea of what the summer would look like and has instilled more of a confidence of what life after graduation might look like.
The internship program is one like I’ve never seen before. Students from all over MISO’s 15-state footprint, from Iowa to Texas, joined together in Carmel, Indiana and Eagan, Minnesota to work together for the summer. We were given opportunities to attend executive outings, networking events with the Advancing Modern Professionals resource group, community service events, team building, and programs to learn about the different departments available in MISO. We were able to use real life experiences to learn and add value not only to ourselves, but to the organization as well. Interns are given mentors and buddy pods to learn from, that allowed professionals in MISO to teach us and answers any questions we have throughout the summer.
This time has been so valuable in helping me figure out what it is that I want to do for my career, or at least given me an idea of what I might like to do. As a public relations major, communications is just one aspect of the skills we learn. Working in Strategic Communications this year and focusing in on how to communicate internally to a corporate environment has taught me so much about myself and what I enjoy doing.
The last week of our internship, everyone is able to share what they worked on during the summer. Gathering together to listen to 36 new friends as they explain where they worked and what value they brought to the organization has not only given me a better understanding of what else is happening in MISO but has also given me an opportunity to share how much MISO has impacted me.
Interning with MISO was definitely one of the best decisions I could have made this summer. It got me out of my comfort zone, allowed me networking and relationship building opportunities, taught me so much about my own values and wants, and helped me to grow professionally. I am thankful for the opportunities that this program has given me.