02nd October 2020

Reflections on a socially distanced internship

James Henderson

James Henderson

Our summer intern, James, looks back on his introduction to agency life.

As part of Leonard Cheshire’s Change100 programme, I was matched with Fat Beehive for a placement as a Digital Marketing Assistant. I was very happy to have been given a placement not only in digital marketing but also in a company that works with organisations committed to social good.

I was initially a little worried about properly getting a feel for the organisation when a large part of the placement would be taken remotely, but I was quickly reassured from my very first day. Everyone was very friendly and I felt very welcome from the start. I even felt comfortable enough to give a short presentation on myself at one of the Monday stand-ups, even though the idea of doing that remotely had felt quite nerve-racking at first.

I’ve learnt many new things throughout my time at Fat Beehive. I’ve had a front row seat to the agency’s design and development process and seen first-hand why they specialise in the tech-for-good sector. As well as carrying out different elements of digital marketing, I’ve also had the opportunity to sit in on a range of client meetings and workshops and come away feeling that I’ve had a really great insight into many different aspects of the digital industry. I can honestly say that I’d never compared a website to a garden before joining Fat Beehive, but now it all makes sense!

Interning during the Covid-19 pandemic has, of course, made things a bit different, but I’ll try not to say ‘during these turbulent times’, because I think we’re all a bit sick of that phrase, aren’t we? The support I’ve received from everyone has been fantastic throughout. Every member of the team I’ve spoken to has checked in with me and offered advice and suggestions on how I could get the most out of each task. My internship has also been incredibly flexible, allowing me to focus on tasks where my interests lie as well as working on multiple tasks simultaneously.

The main thing I will take away from this experience is how much all the team at Fat Beehive really do care about both their clients and each other. I’m very grateful to have been given this opportunity and thankful to have met such a great bunch of people!

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