A Day in The Life of a Millennial Intern

By Lianna Jasiewicz, Thomas/Boyd Communications Summer Intern

My first internship was at 8 years old – that’s right, 8. Now at 21, I’ve held several internships, all in the realm of politics. I was born in 1996 – making me an entitled, know-it-all millennial, but disclaimer: I’m not a part of the 99 percent!

This summer I gained valuable internship experience in Communications and Public Relations at Thomas/Boyd Communications. While the term “millennial” can carry a certain stigma, it’s not just a term for people of a certain age. We have entered a “millennial age” and the term pertains to technology, fast-paced work environments, multitasking and more! Here’s what it is like to be an intern in the millennial age.

First, coffee runs are a thing of the past. And even if it seems convenient, don’t make the intern do it! When I interned for an elected official’s campaign office, I was tasked with getting coffee for a few people in the office. One co-worker looked at me, pointed at a box and said, “I want my coffee to be this shade of cardboard.” (Does cardboard even have different shades?) But off I went, dodging taxi cabs and milling tourists on Broad Street in Philadelphia. I returned and placed her coffee down in front of her indiscreetly saying, “I hope it’s the right shade of cardboard.” True story.

On another note, there are no off days. Even on the days that I am not physically in the office, my brain is wired to think like I work. If I see an interesting article or notable name, I save it or make note of it. If I come across an ad or social media post, I immediately think how it works or how it doesn’t. When I am in the office, downtime is also a time to brainstorm. I’m constantly on my toes thinking of pitches and what’s next.

Lastly, it is important to realize that there is more than just learning how to draft speeches, lick envelopes and write e-mails. Internships do not consist of solely doing busy work! You are gaining valuable lessons of the business world. Handshakes become firmer, eye contact becomes existent and interpersonal skills greatly expand.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Networking


Networking comes naturally to me as evidenced by my first-grade report card that stated, “Pam gets along well with others and makes friends easily.”

So, when there’s an opportunity to get out and meet people, I’m all for it! But I realize this isn’t the case for everyone.

As a business owner for 19 years, I know networking is hands down the golden key to making connections, opening doors and cultivating new relationships with contacts. I’m proud to say that my firm Thomas/Boyd Communications has built our business primarily through networking and client referrals. After all, business is about personal contact and relationships with people.

Networking can happen when you least expect it to, and it can have unforeseen impact on your business. Years ago, while serving as a panelist on the topic of Public Relations/Marketing, I struck up a conversation with one of the other panelists. That conversation led to lunch, which led to a business opportunity. That was seven years ago, and we’re still working with that client today.

Networking is about connecting the dots and building relationships. Here are some do’s and don’ts:


DO Get Involved – Networking happens everywhere, from chamber and business events to more informal gatherings. When I was starting out in business, I joined the marketing committee of a chamber of commerce, and immediately got to know 20 people off the bat. Next time I went to a chamber event, I knew those 20 people, and they introduced me to more and so on and so on…

DO Look and Act the Part – Remember you’re representing both your business and your personal brand. Dress accordingly. It doesn’t hurt to practice your handshake either. Make sure it’s firm and look the person in the eye.

DO Talk About Your Business – It’s important to let people know what you do in case they or someone they know need your service one day. Keep a few talking points in mind about your line of work, but don’t get stressed out about creating a “30-second commercial.” Instead, create messaging in your own words and your own style. The last thing you want to do is sound like a recorded script.

DO Introduce People – Find the connection between someone you just met and someone you know. Help someone else expand their network, too.

DO Follow Up – Send a follow up email or LinkedIn request when appropriate. Stay in touch, and stay on their radar.


DON’T Try to Be Someone Else – You can always tell when someone is projecting an image of who they think they should be. Be yourself! Don’t feel like you have to fit a certain type of networking “personality.” Discover your style by asking yourself, “What is my personal brand? How do I see myself?”

DON’T Forget Someone’s Name – Do whatever you need to do to ensure it doesn’t go in one ear and out the other.

DON’T Look Over Someone’s Shoulder – It’s so irritating to talk to someone and see their eyes looking around for someone else to talk to. You may not find who you’re looking for, and you’ve completely alienated the person you’re talking to in the process.

DON’T Think Only About Yourself – Networking is a mindset. You’re learning about someone else and making a connection. Maybe you can help each other.

PamBoydHeadshotAbout the Author: 
Pam Boyd is co-founder and president of Thomas/Boyd Communications and an award-winning marketing communications professional who provides strategy to advance her clients and their causes. She has achieved renowned success in media relations and placements, event planning and strategic programs and initiatives.

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