The story of my virtual internship
Rewind 4 years.
Fresh out of graduation, I was faced with two basic choices – work or further study. I chose to work. I wanted to take the leap fast, start early and build my work experience. So, armed with a degree and go-getter attitude, I joined a well-known marketing tech company in their digital marketing department. I wasn’t disappointed. It was a steep learning curve for me. My first job helped me understand what I was really passionate about and what I wanted to do in life. So after working for 2 years, I decided to pursue higher studies to further my skills in digital marketing. Luckily enough I got admission in top notch MBA School.
MBA program was in full swing – lectures, assignments, presentations – it was all there. Yet I missed the work life. I somehow didn’t want to miss out on working in the real world environment while I mastered my skills.
Lucky me, I join Pepipost as a Virtual Intern
Pepipost was hiring interns for social media marketing. Being 100 miles away from their Mumbai office did not stop me from applying for the post. I found the company interesting and loved their innovative spirit in everything they did. I wanted to be a part of Pepipost. And thankfully, distance didn’t seem to be an obstacle to them.
Right Talent can come from anywhere. With evolving work models, we are no longer constrained to pick talent from the geographical vicinity of our office. Our virtual interns have flexibility on when, where and how they want to work. When you empower, you get the best out of the team.
This sounded good. So when Pepipost offered me virtual internship, I immediately agreed.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure how this whole idea of remotely working would work out. It’s been close to a year since I am working with Pepipost and I must say taking up virtual internship has been one of my best decisions.
Virtual internship is fun and rewarding
Freedom of work
As a virtual intern, I had the freedom to work from anywhere with no time restrictions. With no 9-to-5 gig, I could fit in my work hours as per my convenience. I could work in between classes from my college library or work in pyjamas. I loved the flexibility this virtual internship offered. It also taught me time management skills and how to prioritize my work.
Long term objective
When you take up a freelance job, you have to juggle between multiple projects and companies. Its more short term in nature. As compared to a virtual internship where you have your goals set in place and can dedicatedly focus on them with sustained momentum.
The startup advantage
Pepipost gave me just the right platform to learn, grow and be challenged. Being a lean startup meant there were no hierarchical barriers and each one of us could go well beyond the role defined and contribute in any and every way for the growth and success of the company. I was able to do a lot of different things – try my hand at videos, write stuff and work with developers. I learnt to be versatile and more productive than I could perhaps be in any traditional corporate job. At a bigger company, I may not have felt so important and integral part of the team.
Taught me to be a fast learner
Social media moves fast and you need to be on your toes to know what’s trending and how you can keep your brand relevant on the social network. I started to learn how to make the right content reach the right eye balls and at the right time.
Dare to experiment
It did require a little courage to break the mould and take a leap outside my comfort zone. But then Pepipost encouraged me to think outside the box and experiment. Soon enough I started planning campaigns that connected with the audience and engaged with them on regular basis.
‘Pepipost loves Momprenuers’ celebrating women on the occasion of Mother’s Day was one such campaign that was hugely successful.
A rewarding experience
Nothing beats the feeling of being appreciated and valued at work. As a team, we are friendly and helpful, always there for each other – cheering up when campaigns don’t run as expected, lending a helping hand to meet quick deadlines, brainstorming and coming up with some of the best ideas out of the seemingly common day-to-day conversations. Distance doesn’t matter as long as you are connected as a team and knowing that I am making a difference in my own small way and contributing to the company’s growth is a fulfilling experience.
This is my story as a virtual intern. I hope I inspire many to give virtual internship a try. If you find a company you want to work for but location is an issue, don’t be afraid to ask if they could work out a virtual internship for you. Work places are changing and virtual internship is catching up fast.