By: Anna Beth Gruber, Intern, Communications
For those of you keeping score at home, you may remember my “Meet the Interns” blog post from earlier in the summer. In that post, I introduced the latest team of interns at the DRC, myself included, and shared many of our enlightening thoughts on the DRC, our hobbies, and most importantly –deserted islands. It’s hard to believe that was almost two months ago, and I am now finishing my final week at the DRC, and all of our other fabulous interns have already left.
With my time at the DRC coming to a close, impending senior year at the University of Denver, and that notorious job search quickly approaching, I wanted to give an overview of my time at the DRC and what my experience here was like. I was instructed to keep my thoughts to “fewer pages than Moby Dick,” so instead I decided to simply leave the DRC community, and all future interns, with a few final thoughts and impressions the DRC has left me, and some of our other interns, with.
- They don’t bite, I promise!
This is the friendliest staff I think I have ever worked with, everyone seems to always be smiling here, I think it’s because they really like the work they are doing at the DRC. Not only is everyone willing to go above and beyond to help a member of the DRC, but also they’re a great staff to work with, are quick to help each other out, and are always good for a laugh or a quick coffee pick-me-up (I’m looking at you Comms). You’ll always have the chance at the DRC to talk to amazing people, whether it’s within the DRC staff itself or someone you meet at an event, listen to what they have to say, and ask them about their experiences with the DRC or about their experiences within the Dallas business community. The people you meet through the DRC are willing to give you advice on pretty much anything, from resume tips, to how you should dress for an interview. As our Research Intern, Colin, put it “There are all sorts of different people, both at the DRC and through its members/connections, which we get to interact with; make sure to make the most of all those meeting opportunities, as you never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll hear that will change your life.”
- Come hungry.
Yes, I do mean literally. This place is ALWAYS feeding you; it’s ridiculous (Breadwinners for days!). But, I also mean this figuratively, in the sense that you should come to the DRC with an appetite to learn. The DRC staff is full of knowledge on the Dallas region, (about which I could probably write a whole second blog), and even if you’re a native to this area, such as myself, you’ll learn so much about the different parts of this region – a lot of which you may discover you never even knew about – the people and businesses who contribute and are invested in its continued success (which, I may add, includes the DRC team), and so much more. If you work hard and take everything from this internship as a learning experience, you’re going to walk away from your time at the DRC with not only an expansive knowledge of the region, but also a new understanding of so many different aspects of what makes a business function successfully on a day-to-day basis, both behind the scenes, and in the front lines, and many tips on what you can and should do to be a successful person in the business world. (Editor’s note: thank you Trisha, our economic development intern, for that little piece of advice!)
- Keep an open mind, and open ears!
If you keep this piece of advice in mind, and adhere to it, you never know what you’ll learn, or who you’ll meet at the DRC. There are so many opportunities to not only grow and learn as a person, but also to expand your network while you’re at the DRC, so don’t be afraid to get a running start, and insert yourself into any opportunities that may arise, because, like I said, you’ll never know who you’ll meet. Pro-tip: the member engagement team at the DRC hosts a crazy amount of networking events, so volunteer to help at one of them, you’ll win brownie points with the member engagement team, and it’s a great opportunity to meet and network with people you might otherwise never have the chance to. At one of our speed networking events this summer, Anthony, our Member Services intern, jumped right into the mix to take advantage of the opportunity. He came away with a lot of new connections, and with a new and improved “elevator speech.”
In order to keep to my allotted word limit, I will stop myself here, although I could go on and on about the numerous opportunities that the DRC has given me, and how great this staff is. I wanted to wrap up my thoughts by saying “thank you” to everyone on the DRC team, this has been one of greatest summer internships I’ve had, and I really don’t want to leave, and there’s a good possibility that I may not. Everyone was so welcoming and quick to help me with whatever I needed, and I have learned so much in the few months that I have been here. If you ever get a chance to work with this wonderful team at the Dallas Regional Chamber, you should count yourself lucky. It is full of great people, who love what they do, and are truly invested in making the Dallas region the best that it can be.
If you’re interested in interning at the Dallas Regional Chamber, be sure to check out our different positions.