Life as a Social Media Intern

When you’ve been a part of the NAU Social team, you get to know the campus and the people pretty well.

As our senior intern Rachel Bucek gets ready for her next adventure, we sat her down and asked her to share her favorite memories and tips of the trade for those who will fill her shoes.

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What did you think it would be like when you applied?

During my Junior year of college my professor announced this internship to my class and I knew right away that I needed to apply. To be quite honest, I thought this internship would include a lot busy work on my computer, sitting at a desk scrolling through social media, and attending weekly meetings.

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I was wrong.

What was it actually like?

Imagine your dream job and everything you’ve ever wanted in a work environment. It’s better than that. It has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life.

In just one short year I’ve been able to grow in many different ways. I’ve gained a lot of friends, a lot of confidence, and I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with Louie the Lumberjack (which is every NAU student’s dream).

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As student interns we are given a lot of responsibility and freedom. This internship showed me that the work I do is important. We’re encouraged to be ourselves, share our interests, and get creative with our work.

What was your favorite part of the internship?

My favorite part of this internship was the adventures I went on. This past year I’ve gotten to run alongside our football players and capture their touch downs, interview my favorite professor, go to food tastings at HRM, and hold NAU’s first official lumberjack axe.

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The original NAU axe

These experiences have taught me so much about our school, and the importance of social media. There’s no better way I could have spent my last year here at NAU.

What surprised you most?

What surprised me most about this internship was how much responsibility we were given as interns. We were allowed to share our ideas and give our input knowing that it actually meant something. This isn’t a “grunt work” internship, it’s a lot of fun.

I felt heard, I felt respected, and that’s rare for an intern position.

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One of our meeting “brain maps”

How do you think you grew as a person?

I think that during this internship I’ve grown as a person by learning to be bold and taking chances. I’ve always been an outgoing person, but to walk up to someone, engage in conversation with them and then ask them to be in a video or photo for NAU Social made me nervous. I feared an uncomfortable interaction, or being turned down.

I had to push past this fear and constantly remind myself, “It’s okay if someone says no, don’t take it personally.” and rather than being nervous, I realized this created a unique way for me to meet and learn more about other students.

What’s your favorite picture taken and piece created for NAU Social?

My favorite picture I have ever taken for NAU is a tie between these two! I loved being able to capture the true beauty of Flagstaff, but any chance I got to work with Louie was always one to remember.

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What will you miss the most?

What I’ll miss the most about this internship is the other interns and our adventures together. It was so amazing to be involved in a group that worked hard to motivate one another. We all care deeply about each others successes, it’s a special group dynamic and I feel so fortunate to have been a part of it.

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Our team meetings are always full of laugher!

What do you love about social media and how do you think you’ll use it in the future?

Since I’ve started this internship, my love for social media has grown, which I didn’t think was possible. I love the way it allows me to communicate with so many people. There’s something truly amazing about posting one picture that can tell a whole story.

I already use social media in my everyday life, but as I contintue my job search and life after college I’m hoping to use my knowledge of social media for both professional and personal reasons.

What advice do you have for future interns?

One of the things I would like future interns to know is that this internship is a once in a lifetime chance, take it! It will be challenging at times, but you will be encouraged to grow in your strengths and work on improving your weaknesses.

For me, that meant getting past the feeling of nervousness and fear of being uncomfortable, and I couldn’t have ever done that without the encouragement from my boss and co workers.

There’s no other team like the NAU Social Team.

Also one last thing, don’t hold yourself back. Don’t doubt your abilities or fear that your work isn’t good enough. You will learn so much from this internship, trust me, you belong here.

Once a Lumberjack, always a Lumberjack,


Interested in filling Rachel’s shoes? Apply here.

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