Internships: Game of Thrones Edition
This post comes from INK Graphic Design intern Hadley Million.
Now that my watch here at INK is ending, I thought I would impart some wisdom to any past, present, or future interns in the PR world. To do so, I thought I would reference a trending topic over the past few weeks: Game of Thrones.
While my stead at INK hasn’t by any means been a battle for a “throne” or a fierce competition for the top, I still find that a lot of the material referenced in Game of Thrones is still applicable to everyday life.
- Rule Number 1: Stay humble and work with your colleagues appropriately. Whether you’re dealing with a Khal, Khaleesi, Queen, King, Lord, or Lady it’s always wise to remember who you’re talking to and the way in which you’re interacting with them. At INK it’s never an issue of rank, but as an intern, it’s likely that people will have more experience in the work world (or realm) than you Internships exist in order to teach the tricks of the trade (or the game of thrones as I like to call it); talking to someone as if you somehow know more than they do is definitely the wrong game to play. Instead, learn from them and be open to new ideas.
- Rule Number 2: As the Stark family motto often reiterates, “Winter is coming.” With this reference, I’m not suggesting you wear a turtleneck and scarf; no, this motto represents the idea that you should always be prepared and on your toes. You never know when a hot client project will arise or if a breaking news story will shift the day’s work
- Rule Number 3: As a PR intern, it should already be apparent that image is an important aspect. Like Margaery Tyrell tries to teach King Joffrey: how you’re viewed by the people around you is key to how they’ll treat you during your internship. Walking around like you own the place (ahem, KingJoffrey) won’t do you any favors, particularly if your work (or claim to the throne) comes into question.Like I said in Rule Number 1, keeping things humble will be the best course of action.
- Rule Number 4: Another great house motto to live by is “a Lannister always pays his debts.” Keep this motto in mind when it comes to completing assignments and doing what is asked of you
- Rule Number 5: Tyrion Lannister once said, “never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” In other words, be aware of what you are and how other people see you. Thick skin is key to survival in an evolving environment like PR.
- Rule Number 6: While there probably isn’t a character in your office that’s quite as gossipy as Lord Varys the Spider, it’s wise to tread lightly around office gossip. Keep the plotting to a minimumotherwise you could end up flayed –or worse– beheaded (okay, obviously neither of these things, but it could get you into some awkward situations when it comes to explaining your bad behavior)
As I move on from INK I can’t help but think to myself “the night is dark and full of terrors” –but I know I can kick any shadow villain’s butt thanks to the skills I was able to hone at INK. “What is dead may never Die.”