I first learned about Publicis Health at a career fair in Chicago. I remember standing in endless lines of candidates with resumes and portfolios that appeared more impressive than my own. While waiting to speak to the recruiters at the Publicis Health table, I realized that all other candidates had already applied to their program online. By the time I reached the table, my hands were shaking and my palms were sweating. After an introduction and brief conversation, the recruiter offered me positive feedback and encouraged me to apply online.
After leaving the fair, I remember sitting in the airport searching for the User Experience position in Chicago. I couldn’t find it anywhere. I must have gotten the company name wrong, I thought to myself, there is no way that the internship I am looking for is in Philadelphia. Conflicted as I was about moving to an unknown city, I decided to apply anyway.
Throughout the next couple of weeks, I continued to research the company. As I weighed offers from other companies, good opportunities in cities that I had initially preferred, I found myself anxiously awaiting a call from Publicis Health. Somewhere along the line, the allure of the Publicis opportunity overtook that feeling of security I had in Chicago. A stressful first round video interview followed. This went better than expected, and I was invited for a second round of interviews. I remember getting the call with the offer from Digitas Health for the User Experience position and being overwhelmed with excitement. Only AFTER I hung up the phone did I begin to digest the fact that accepting this position would mean moving to a new city where I knew no one, all by myself.
Never in a million years did I think I was capable of doing this. However, your experience is what you make of it. While the transition was stressful, my first day on the job was made easy by the amazing people at Digitas Health. My manager, Brian, and the entire UX team welcomed me and made me feel comfortable. I was immediately impressed with how nice, approachable, and helpful everyone was. The program is designed for, and the company is committed to, the success of its interns.
The internship that Publicis Health offers stood as an indispensable tool for me. Throughout various projects including the final summer intern challenge, I learned valuable lessons about team workplace dynamics and how to see a project through from beginning to end. The culture at Publicis Health encourages respect, approachability, and creativity in a relaxed environment.
I am so grateful to have been the beneficiary of such a supportive and nurturing environment. The people that I worked with and encountered made me feel like anything was possible. No matter how many questions I asked in a day (and trust me I had a lot), my questions never went unanswered and my voice never went unheard.
As I end my time here interning with DH and prepare to begin my career, I would like to offer three pieces of advice to future students lucky enough to have this experience. First, make the most of this great opportunity. Maintain the positive attitude and enthusiasm that have helped you to land this awesome internship! Second, ask questions. Take advantage of your access to so many talented and instructive professionals. Who knows when you’ll get your next chance to talk with the thought leaders that are executing the innovations that your college professors are analyzing. Third, do your homework! It is important to keep up to date with current news and what is happening throughout the company network.
While I came to Philadelphia with nothing but two checked bags, I am leaving with so much more. I am leaving with a sense of who I am and who I aspire to be. I am leaving with new friends, new knowledge, and a step towards new beginnings. I am leaving a part of something that is bigger than myself.
There was not a day that I left the office regretting making this move. The people that I encountered and the things that I’ve learned continue to inspire me. I have had internships in the past, but they pale in comparison to this one. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and encourage anyone considering doing the same to take that leap of faith because I promise you, you won’t regret it.
Thanks to Digitas Health and the Publicis Health family, I have been able to call Philadelphia my home. I have not only been sold on a career path but an entire city.