As my seven-week internship at BIG Partnership comes to an end, I thought I’d reflect on what I’ve learnt throughout my time working from home.  

The thought of working remotely was exciting. Sure, it isn’t quite the same as attending one of BIG Partnership’s offices and meeting the wonderful team behind the agency, but I felt fortunate to be chosen as an intern during the pandemic. I would be working from my laptop and knew that seeing the friendly faces of BIG was only a Teams call away.   

After completing my third year at university, I was eager to start an internship to gain experience of working in communications. During an unprecedented year, my university managed to host a ‘speed interview’ event, which matched hosts to students. When attending it, I was doubtful that I would receive an offer to become an intern, with it being such a chaotic year. However, to my pleasant surprise I was offered one with BIG Partnership and couldn’t wait for it to begin.

On my first day of working virtually, I joined a meeting on Teams. I was met with a warm welcome to BIG Partnership and briefed on the various tasks that I would undertake as an intern. My first day and my next seven weeks were a total success. I was greeted with a friendly welcome from the rest of the Edinburgh team, and was quickly informed of the projects and campaigns that were in progress for BIG Partnership’s wealth of clients. I was excited to learn more about each aspect of agency life, and despite not being able to attend the office in person, I felt as though I became a valued member of the team.

Although not being able to socialise and ask questions face-to-face, the team at BIG are incredibly helpful and encouraged me if in any doubt about anything, to ping them an email, or give them a call on Teams for a friendly chat. Throughout my internship, I’ve been invited to join the Edinburgh tea break and Edinburgh BIG Bar calls on Teams to socialise with everyone from the Edinburgh office, which was a joy to be a part of.  

There have been various highlights of my time at BIG Partnership. My recent ones would be working on a social media campaign for AVA Berries, featuring dogs and strawberries (two of my favourite things!), drafting social media posts for InterContinental Edinburgh The George about being married at the hotel, and creating a product mailer for Aldi to promote its Father’s Day lorne sausage.

It has also been great to gain insight and experience into the day-to-day tasks of Account Executives, such as drawing together monthly evaluations, tracking media coverage and preparing client case studies.

My experience as an intern has been incredibly enjoyable and I can take what I’ve learnt here at BIG Partnership to a job in the industry. I would like to extend a huge thank you to the Edinburgh team for hosting my internship and the whole company for offering me the chance to be an intern.   

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