I wasn't always sure what I wanted to do once I entered the 'real world' that is work. I knew I loved journalism, especially the publicity side of it, but I never knew what I would do with that passion. I decided to apply for a publicity/PR internship to see where it took me. My hopes weren't high as to what I would do or who I would work for. I've heard many horror stories of interns just fetching coffee and running errands for their boss. While I wasn't hoping to do these things, I was ready for it. I remember opening my email with a letter from my internship organizer, informing me about Liberties Press. I immediately googled the company and was impressed by what I saw. I took the internship with Liberties Press that day, without even waiting to hear back from other companies. That was the best decision I could have made.
When I got off the extensive 16-hour plane ride from Seattle, Washington, I was both incredibly tired and excited. I was also nervous for my first day at Liberties Press, which was just two days away. Once I got to my residence at UCD Belfield, I was thrown into an introductory meeting about what I should expect in my new internship and how I should get there. I left the meeting feeling confused and scared. I had no idea how I would get to Terenure (I thought my internship was in Dublin?), and still hadn't figured out the bus system yet. On my first day I woke up early to make sure I wouldn't miss the bus. When the 17 bus pulled up to UCD I got on with another girl around my age and proceeded to ask the driver which stop I would get off for Liberties Press. Once hearing what I was saying, the girl (later known as Stephanie) chimed in mentioning that she also interns for Liberties Press and that she would be happy to help me get to work. I immediately felt relieved and I could feel the stress melting away.
The first day of work was nothing like I had expected. I immediately was given tasks to do by my advisor, Ailish. I was thrilled to actually be doing something of value and not just fetching tea and scones from the bakery down the road. As the days passed by, I was given more responsibility and tasks to complete. I quickly blended in with the flow of the office and by the end of the first week I felt as though I was a 'real' Liberties Press employee. The things I have learned from Liberties Press, Ailish, and the rest of the employees here are things I will not only never forget, but will take with me and use for the rest of my life. I couldn't be more thankful for that. As a publicity intern/assistant, I was able to communicate directly with Liberties' authors, send emails to newspaper editors, create exciting blog posts, help manage social media accounts and assist with creating numerous press releases and media alerts for newly published books. At the end of each day I felt proud of what I had accomplished during my eight hours.
Liberties Press was nothing as I had imagined it to be. It wasn't a massive publishing house with floors of office space, flashy secretaries or expensive printers at every desk, but rather a one-room operation with ten desks and a printer we all shared. Still, I was able to learn more than I could have ever imagined. I often times think what it would have been like to intern in America, and I now can't believe I ever considered it after having the opportunity to work in another country. I have learned the 'Irish way' of doing things and that is something I will miss tremendously once I return home.
As I am writing this on my last day here, I reflect on all I have learned from this company and can't help but be excited as to what my future holds. While I never thought I would say that I see myself in publishing, I now think it is something I would love to do. The people here work hard. Publicity is not at all glamorous as I once believed it would be. It requires a lot of effort to make sure the company and books you publish succeed. However, I love the work and I admire the drive that the people who work here possess. I want to thank everyone here for what they have taught me and what I am now leaving with. Thank you Liberties Press for believing in me and giving me the chance to grow as a journalist and as a person. I will miss each person at Liberties Press, and will always think fondly of my time here.