Final Days at the Chamber | St. Lawrence University Career Connections

Final Days at the Chamber

Friday, August 17, 2018

For the past nine weeks I have had the opportunity to intern, learn, and grow as part of the SLU PIC program at the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. I was unsure of what to expect coming into the internship, but the past nine weeks were better than I could have ever imagined. I have had a wonderful time not only at my internship placement, but in the living learning community that the program allowed me to be in. Coming in to the summer I had three goals for my internship:

  • Learning three skills I didn’t know before and being able to execute them independently
  • Building strong relationships with the people that I’m working with
  • Having a sense of what I liked about the internship and if I would want to continue in a similar job in the future.

Throughout the summer, I feel as if I achieved these goals. Regarding my first goal, learning three skills that I didn’t know before and being able to execute them independently, I learned how to edit and upload content onto a website, collect GPS data, and how to build a newsletter. I expanded many skills as well, like becoming better at communicating through email, organizing projects, and breaking down information. For my second goal, building strong relationships with the people that I work with, I really enjoyed getting to know my amazing women colleagues! The chamber has a small office of only three full time employees, so I got to know each of them very well. I’m excited to return to Canton for the fall semester because Sue, one of the Chamber employees, promised to cook me a southern dinner! My third goal is the one that I struggled the most to complete. As a rising junior, I still have no idea what I want to do post college, and I think this internship opened my eyes to things that I do and don’t want. I loved the focus that the Chamber has on community and economic development and that is a path I can see myself following. I think that the internship taught me a lot about what I don’t want as well. I can’t visualize myself sitting behind a computer for 40 hours a week. I think I need a little more movement than that to be happy. It’s nice knowing these things as I start looking toward the future!

Overall, I had a phenomenal experience this summer, and the SLU PIC program gave me a huge opportunity to live and grow. I discovered an area of interest, explored the local area, and made great connections and friendships. I’m sad that the summer is coming to a close, but am excited to see how I can implement my new skills next semester!