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The Atlanta Airport Intern Experience
By Bethany Conrad

William Shakespeare once said, “Experience is a jewel, and it had need be so, for it is often purchased at an infinite rate.” The wisdom of these words stretches far beyond what I could have imagined to be true. Experience brings knowledge to life and expands the reality of understanding. It is truly priceless.

2008 Summer Interns
2008 Summer interns
Bethany Conrad (center, right)

On May 29, I entered Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with an eager attitude -- excited about the challenges ahead. I have spent the past 10 weeks of the summer working for the Public Relations unit as a college intern. When I applied for this position, I had no idea exactly what it would entail. Looking back, I see the growth process I have undergone -- mentally, emotionally and professionally.

My days consisted of media monitoring, conducting research and soaking up any and all knowledge I could wrap my mind around. I was even able to write a proposal for integrating social media into the communications program for the Airport using a blog. My communications professor at Liberty University would be proud to know I was able to apply her teachings so practically.

The greatest experience I had was the hands-on work. The tasks were not for a grade on a report card or transcript, but they had more meaning, purpose and value. It is inspiring to know that what I did on a day-to-day basis made a difference on some level for the world’s busiest airport.

I have learned the importance of teamwork and supporting my colleagues. Depending on one another is a key part of functioning within a business. Anyone can fill a position or take up desk space, but someone with a good work ethic, positive attitude and strong desire to see goals accomplished is a true asset to a team. Hard work and motivation are the keys to success.

I am walking away from this internship with more knowledge of public relations -- my field of study -- than I have learned in the entirety of my time in college. The experience I have gained here is the foundation of my future in the PR field. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity I have had to work, study and learn under the professionals at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

This experience was truly priceless.

(Bethany Conrad completed her summer internship with the City of Atlanta Department of Aviation in August 2008. Human Resources Senior Analyst Kenya Moore coordinated the program.)

© 2008 Hartsfield-Jackson News. A Publication from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. All rights reserved.


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