By Josefina Lillo
Aug 6, 2018
This blog post has been the hardest to write for me by far. In part, the challenge stems from trying to sum up weeks’ worth of experiences in just a few paragraphs. Even more challenging, this post marks the end of my internship here with Jungle Disk. My internship at Jungle Disk has taught me more than I could have imagined. As an intern, I feel my duties were diverse and ever changing. Sometimes it’s tough to recall everything I have taken in over the past 10 weeks, but I feel that these are some of the most beneficial lessons I have learned.
I’m not alone: Like most college students coming into an intern position, I felt that I had no idea where my career was going and I lacked confidence about what I could do and what I am really good at. I always hoped that an internship would lead the way into my career, and my internship at Jungle Disk has definitely given me a better understanding of my skill set and where my career may take me, but most importantly, I’ve come to learn that I am not alone. This job has taught me that almost everybody is in my same position. Very few college students know what they want to do, and it is something that is simply not worth worrying about. Now I know that if I continue to work, hard things will fall into place.
To keep exploring: This was huge for me. I’ve always enjoyed technology, and always felt that I could handle myself pretty well with a computer. Yet, what this position taught me is that I really didn’t have the skills I thought I had, but that I actually really want to keep learning and acquiring those skills. Up until now, I dreaded the idea of going to grad school right after college, don’t get me wrong, I still don’t want to go, but I’m more open to the idea.
How to behave in the office: This being my first position in an office atmosphere, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. The environment here at Jungle Disk is quite relaxed, yet it taught me how to behave in the workplace. Simply working in the office and getting used to everything here has definitely prepared me for whatever my next position may be. Just observing the everyday events has taught me more about teamwork, and how people can come together to get things done. Although sometimes I have to remind myself to use my inside voice, I feel I’ve adapted to the office life relatively well.
Take advantage of every opportunity: I attended so many events. I had the chance to network and meet so many people that are involved in the San Antonio startup and tech community. Not only does it make you want to be part of it, but you start thinking about having your own startup. Everybody here is doing it, so why not? I have learned that it is so important to put yourself out there and talk to people, you never know, maybe you will meet someone that could offer you a job, or become your business partner. I really hope that in the future I get to come back here with my own pitch and get to have my own interns one day.
As I leave, I want to thank anyone who has been reading my blogs, Students + Startups, Geekdom and the 80/20 Foundation. Most importantly, I’d like to thank everyone here at Jungle Disk who has helped me out, specially my amazing supervisors Grant Herbon and Christina Weaver. This has truly been a great learning experience and I’ll be forever indebted to those who gave me a hand here. As far as your internship goes, remember to always be friendly, work hard, and ask questions. Always ask questions. Hopefully you come away from your internship with as much as I did. Thanks everyone, and enjoy your summer!