I first heard about RICE after seeing their logo on a social enterprise festival poster. My interest was piqued so I dug further on the internet and read in an article that RICE shared a “passion for creating social value and playing a part in solving social challenges”. I knew immediately that this was a place I wanted to work at, so I applied for a five-month internship here.
As this was my first agency experience, I started the internship on a blank page. Today, I have learnt how to be persistent in following up with the media, write press releases and interview responses and more. It has been an eye-opening journey only because the RICE team has not held back on providing me with continuous opportunities. Here are some working styles I picked up over time and would definitely carry with me even as I enter the workforce officially next year.
Before my internship, I gave myself a challenge – when I see an opportunity I’m interested in, be daring enough to speak up about it. Two weeks in, I shyly went up to my supervisor to share with the areas I was keen to gain experience in. Before I knew it, I was whisked away into a brainstorm meeting for a prospective client that I was particularly interested in.
My friends were shocked to hear that at the end of my first month, I had been a part of a new business pitch – right from developing the proposal, to actually presenting it to a potential client! I remembered being extremely nervous but the team was extremely supportive and my colleague even took time out of her schedule to practice the pitch with me. It helped that I truly believed in what I was presenting, allowing me to speak with confidence and conviction.
Let’s be real. No matter which organisation you join, not every task and every day would be exciting. While I challenged myself to jump at opportunities, I had to remember to be diligent in the seemingly minor tasks. Sure, they may be less exciting, but they were tasks that I had to complete – and complete well.
I have learnt from my colleagues how to deliver excellence in every task I was given, big or small. After all, it is through the everyday tasks that others are able to gain the confidence in you before they entrust you with larger responsibilities.
RICE has not just been all work and no play. During the first month of my internship, the team shifted to a new office space. To celebrate, we held a party for the family to visit, and I was privileged enough to be part of the organising committee. I remember the excitement going out for dim sum when we had to run party errands. Once, my team even called me into a meeting room for a sudden “urgent task” when I was about to leave for the day, only to surprise me with a cake on my birthday. I also enjoyed our weekly Friday breakfast, where we have weekly show and tell sessions to learn more about each other and what we do outside of work.
I joined RICE with much hope and anticipation. Today, I leave this place knowing I have a group of friends who genuinely care. I couldn’t have asked for a better internship experience.
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