I saw so many others before me intern at the Chicago Auto Show and I always thought, "Wow, that is such a cool experience!" Little did I know that actually being an intern for the Chicago Auto Show would be somewhat life changing.
Before this past week I didn't know anything about cars and I had never been to a press conference or had control of a brand's social media account. When our roles were assigned for the Media Preview days, I was very anxious because the automotive market and job was so different than anything I had ever done before.
After the first day of news conferences, creating tweets and writing stories, I was hooked. I then realized that I was meant to be in the profession of public relations. It was also then that I found there is so much out there besides the average PR work for a company.
I attended The What Drives Her luncheon and I was completely mind blown about what women have and will continuously do for the automotive industry. My eyes were opened and I looked around the room and saw that I was surround by women who are successful in this field and hoped to be like them someday.
This week was all about working together as a team, not only with the other interns but also the rest of the communications staff. Rarely would there be just one of us around: when you found one intern, you found another. We were able to cohesively create amazing content for the social media outlets when most of us did not know much about the automotive industry.
Looking back on this week, I am so thankful that I took a leap and applied for this internship. The experiences that I can take away from this are lifelong, and I can't wait to attend the show next year.
- Danielle Teel (left, below), Chicago Auto Show Intern
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