The Life of an Intern

For about the last eight months I have been an intern at Access Ventures, an impact investment firm located in Louisville, Kentucky. Every year, between one and two million people work as interns in the United States. Each firm or organization’s standard of excellence varies, but one thing remains true, being an intern is not merely a title, it is a valuable experience and important rite of passage. Being an intern at Access Ventures is not an opportunity to take for granted, it is one to take advantage of. The decisions we make can create real-life impact.

I am part of the Creative Team, and function as a Digital Strategist. You might wonder, why does an investment firm have a Creative Team? Often times, people overlook the fact that the impact investment world is filled with stories to tell. We are storytellers. Every time we invest in an idea, venture, entrepreneur, or nonprofit, we are helping them tell their story to the world. These stories matter, they are powerful, and they need to be told. Apart from the practical benefits of in-housing content and creativity, telling the stories of passionate and driven dreamers and doers is the purpose of our role.

Let me give you a breakdown of what my day looks like as a Creative intern:

I work at least 20 hours a week between Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.

  • 8:30 a.m to 9 - Coffee Time

I am tasked the very important responsibility of making coffee for the rest of the team.

  • 9 a.m to 11:30 - Social Media + Creative Sync

This segment of my morning is vital, it is when I prepare content on Buffer to be published on all of our social media channels, from platforms like Instagram, to others like LinkedIn. This may seem mundane for some, but I love strategizing content. Focusing in on your audience, studying analytics, and optimizing engagement is an art, and an important one, especially when telling the stories of passionate world-changers.

On Wednesdays between 9 and 10 in the morning, we have Creative Team syncs which are meetings with all of the Creative Team members where we discuss plans, goals, progress, and ideas.

  • 12 p.m. to 12:30 - Break Time

Lunch, and foosball, very serious business ya’ll.

(The rest of my schedule can look very different depending on the day.)

  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 - Content Creation

The Creative Team goes on a photo-walk around Shelby Park. A photo-walk is exactly what it sounds like, we walk around the neighborhood and capture photos, moments, and memories that either inspire us and refine our skills as creatives.

Taken by Matthew Swanberg
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2 - Discussion

Looking through photographs and discussing angles, techniques, creative decisions, then editing photos in Lightroom. Photographs are uploaded on Access Venture’s VSCO account, or our personal platforms.

  • 2 p.m. to 5 - Different Day, Different Thing

Miscellaneous objectives and obligations depending on what ongoing project has been prioritized. I could either be working on crafting a Medium post (such as this), creating reflections on social media performances, or completing and sending out newsletters to our subscriber list.

On Tuesdays between 3 and 4 in the afternoon, Ben Terry, Access Venture’s Creative Director, and I have a sync discussing my personal progress, thoughts, and experiences as my internship transpires.

I have grown more in the last eight months that I have been at Access Ventures than any other point in my life. I have been given opportunities to lead, to learn, and to network with other people that I have never had before. I am not only extremely grateful for my role as a digital strategist, but also I am honored to be called a “member of the team.”

If you are interested in learning more about Access Ventures, click here. If you are interested in interning, learn more here.