S: The Encounters of an Intern
FC: A smile as sweet as spring | The | by Lara Monica D. Deveza Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan | Encounters | of an | Intern
1: Trying to remember the very first day I knew I'll be here... | It was April 6, 2010, when I received a word from Ma’am Shiella Balbutin, our internship coordinator, that I would be considered to take part in the internship program of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources Research and Develoment (PCARRD) in Los Baños, Laguna. To be a writer for an agency as an undergraduate had been challenging. But I felt that gaining an internship is a key to building a successful career and that, whether I like it or not, I had to do it. Achieving not only an internship position, but one at such a prominent company, was extremely exciting.
2: school at work | The methods I’m learning in the classroom have gone hand in hand with things I am learning on the job, which has helped me apply my knowledge in both areas. The work experience will also help build an excellent resume including relevant work experience for when I'm out of the classroom and searching for a job.
3: What's inside? | As you go through the pages, allow me to share with you all my encounters as an intern from the very moment I stepped into the building of this institution until the moment I am about to leave. Have a glimpse of some of my captured moments, people and places all the way through my internship ride that are worth remembering.
4: I entered the program in April 14, 2010
5: My receiving agency | PCARRD
6: Specifically, I work under the Applied Communications Division (ACD).
7: "Magweigh-in na kayo dahil siguradong tataba kayo dito." -ACD pipz
8: Ruel "BUTCH" S. Pagcaliwagan | OUR SUPERVISOR | Prior to meeting my supervisor, my partner Xyla Mercedita “Tat” Gualberto met him first (I arrived a day after). She was intrigued with the way he looked – eye-piercing with a sharp stare -- which later evovled into fear. But the fear was not the kind which wanted her to quit and run, but the one which pushed her to do her best. And then I met my supervisor who seemed fantastic with the way he dressed up. At first look, you’ll mistake him as someone strict, snob, and demanding. But once you’ll know him, by then you realize he is free-spirited, highly individualistic and independent.
9: model ng payong | model ng hanger | pagod na being model | I’ll always remember him with the words he had said, “Bibig ko lang yung bastos, hindi buhay ko”.
11: PCARRD and ACD
12: Our JOB | The department doesn’t have a specific list of tasks and assignments that I would complete during the internship but knowing you have been a trusted partner of our university for more than decades, I don’t think it was necessary too. | We wrote articles mostly for Techno Gabay Program, wrote speeches, made presentations. edited and proofread articles, radio clips, press and photo releses, and brochures. And the most difficult task was the translation.
13: MOST EXCITING WERE... | ROAD TRIPS
15: Strawberry Techno Summmit | La Trinidad, Benguet
16: kay raming bawal | International Food Exhibit
17: entrance | world trade center
18: sunshine | bloom
19: ABS-CBN and PIA
20: The internship program, with all its required writing, was suppose to be my greatest fear in my college education but it suddenly turned out to be one of my pinnacle experiences. I was a junior, and therefore my course work was at its most difficult and my despised tasks at its most plentiful. With the first week, I was immersed in this stressful and undesirable work of writing. I almost gave up but I couldn’t quit even if I wanted to because I was receiving academic credit from my college. And leaving the program would have resulted to a “withdrawal” on my transcript; something I wasn’t too thrilled about.
21: Later on, your open, warm, loving and friendly welcome made me feel home, even if I’m miles away from my real family, as if I’m part of your own. You have helped me a lot in adapting to my new environment and work comfortably in this office. Despite my work being entirely unpaid, with you around, I'm blessed and it was all worth it.
22: Papa's girl cried upon seeing her father | Thank you, that despite me being enrolled in the internship program, you did not deprive me from being with my family in Ilocos. | TRIVIA | It's my first time to be away from home for more than two weeks...
23: It's our second time together as a family in Luzon (I was only 5 years old during the first).
24: I don’t regret having taken part in the program. I learned several valuable lessons including the importance of having perseverance in the workplace. It was also a great opportunity to learn the specific details of why PCARRD was such a good choice of place to work. n our own chosen careers. | The Moral of the STory
25: College is a place where students put their feet in the water, whereas an internship is a jump into the shallow end of the pool. My internship experience allowed me to see some of the many different avenues of the communication field. In less than two months, I gained real-world Development Communication student experience and felt prepared to leave our safe havens known as college. At the end of my internship, I felt ready to swim into the deep end of the pool. While every day is a new learning experience, much of a working knowledge of DevCom begins during an internship. The experiences throughout our internships were building blocks for our futures in our chosen career.
26: WHAT'S NEW?! | 1. I got a new name BROOGS! | 2. Si Broogs natutong MAG-EYELINER! | 3. Si Broogs marunong nang MAGTAGALOG!!!
27: Recommendations | More interns for division of labor | More trips!!! weee! | Specific tasks from one boss... =D