From the Eyes of an Intern: First Week Interning at HMH


I think we can all agree that starting a new job is tough. For me, it was driving cross-country, my ’09 Chevy Cobalt full to the brim, my dog with little to no bladder control in the passenger seat, to start a new job in a new city with a new apartment, finding new places to shop, eat and hang out. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for adventure – but my first week here, all I could think was: “What have you gotten yourself into this time?”

Prior to my internship at HMH, the only experience I had (besides binge-watching Mad Men) was promoting a radio station in good ol’ Eau Claire, Wisconsin. However, I’m happy to say . . . well, type, that I’m slowly starting to figure out just what it is that I’ve gotten myself into.

So, without further ado, here are 20 things that befuddled this brain during week one (if you’ve ever started a new job in the field, maybe you can relate):

  1. Wow, these people have much more colorful vocabularies than I was expecting – in the best way.
  2. They are also fueled by coffee. Thank you, Baby Jesus.
  3. So jeans are not only OK, but encouraged. Good thing I went on that business attire shopping spree before I left.
  4. Note to self: Ask Amanda and Jessica where they shop.
  5. On my way to lunch, to and from work, trying to find the bathroom: I. Am. So. Lost.
  6. How long is my probationary period before I can go crazy on those M&Ms at the front desk?
  7. Just get up and walk over super nonchalantly and no one will notice.
  8. I beg of you, please don’t trip in these heels.
  9. Eh, I’ll wait until tomorrow.
  10. While doing research: Let’s play a game called, ‘How Many Tabs Can You Have Open at Once?’
  11. Why are so many of them barefoot?
  12. Still can’t find the bathroom.
  13. Bring them baked goods, but don’t be too “please accept me” about it.
  14. Wait, I have to record myself saying my name to set up my voicemail? Who did I wrong in my past life to deserve this?
  15. I feel so useless.
  16. I feel so busy.
  17. I seriously need to stop pretending I can function in heels – I look like a newborn giraffe.
  18. What do these words mean?
  19. Play it cool, just smile and nod – you can Google it later.
  20. Say something witty.
  21. Need. Caffeine.
  22. If I steal this Corgi, will anyone really notice?
  23. Do I have to talk during this meeting, or . . . ?
  24. By Friday: Alright, I think we’re going to be just fine.

One last thought I want to express is a huge shout-out to everyone at HMH for making me feel right at home, though sometimes maybe a little uncomfortable.