MEG Internship: An Introvert’s First-hand Experience In The Media Industry



For the past few months that I was exposed to seeking one suitable place to intern in this giant corporate world, I have noticed that conventional job-seekers use the term, “people person” like a magical stamp at the top of their resume.

Introverts, as we know it,  are defined as reserved individuals that prefer working and spending the majority of their time in solitude because thoughts for them just free-flow better in a quiet, tranquil environment. Although not necessarily anti-social, an introvert is, as suggested, not a “people person.”

But I digress. After many ‘perhaps’ and wishful thinking for the dream internship which then, turned into rejections, I subsequently landed on a great internship program. I was assigned under the digital content publication of One Mega Group’s Meg Magazine. I initially wanted to write because other than it being my passion, it is an area I am much better at in comparison to verbal communication.

But, unbeknownst to my expectation, more was given for me to shoulder. Let’s just say, in the most cliché way, it exceeded my expectations – and my social ability.

Interning as a writer for Meg turns out to be not only confined in the office. I have exclusively attended a band’s album launch, product launches, seminars, concerts, and a few more press conferences.

In a nutshell, I have met countless people. At the time, it was a terrifying perspective. Yet in hindsight, it is life-changing.

In the obvious sense, I am not a “people person,” which is an unorthodox quality of journalists since their job entails spreading, say, news, to a large group of people from a plethora of sources. But with the privilege I was offered, along with the eye-opening training and because I was given a fair chance by One Mega Group, I have interviewed more than a handful of people, face-to-face; an actress from a Filipino television, five artists from both international and local music industry, and another intellectual from the academe.

Relatively speaking, I have met other introverts who do well in communications, proving that you don’t have to be a social butterfly or an extrovert to be able to excel in the media industry.

All it takes is good training and an unyielding passion which I have yet to fully develop. Having interned for Meg Magazine, my experiences speaks the irony which lies far outside the comforts of an introvert. It scared me.

During my first week of writing for Meg, a ball of anxiety was curtly growing in the pit of my stomach every time I was assigned for a task; whether it is writing a press release or representing the magazine at an event, and most notably when writing an opinion piece. I was reminded that I was no longer writing for my pleasure alone.

I used to be this college student who writes mediocre poems that semantically speaks infatuation and politically raging metaphors in this tiny shell. But then I was suddenly writing for a big magazine and whatever I choose to speak about can reflect its brand.

On a desk I share with the editor of Meg Magazine and my supervisor, Ms. Elyse Ilagan, I was working on my first opinion-based content about activism. I had this apparent doubt that I am not capable enough as a writer to discuss such a sensitive subject that is unfairly associated with the dangers of red-tagging. Unfortunately, due to personal and political restrictions, that article did not turn out as good as I wanted it to be, but with my editor’s guidance and instructions, I was able to improve it, both in terms of creativity and technicality.

In her soft, reassuring tone, she told me forthrightly, “It’s okay to make mistakes. It happens because it’s supposed to teach us something, and they are what will make us grow.”

My biggest mistake was; I was given the freedom to write but I was too anxious to use that privilege wisely, and it showed.

To be quite honest, writing content for the first time knowing my insight will get published online is as scary and exhilarating as the first time I joined a rally in the busy streets of Manila. Not everyone in the outside world is going to agree with you.

And what writing for Meg taught me is that, to keep writing; being fearless is not enough, you’ve got to accept the fact that you need to be careful too.

I became a voice for Meg because many believed in me. As I came to know, in the degree of personification, Meg seeks the pretty things in life, but she’s not afraid to speak her mind. Meg does not only surf on the surface level because she can dive deep to confront social ills.

Through writing, I was able to speak, for the victims of socio-political injustice, for the marginalized sectors, for children and women in struggle, all while I was sharing the joy of art and culture.

For being educated in a state university that has taught me to immerse myself in serving the people, I have learned that the most powerful weapon you can give to a person is a voice, a voice meant to share stories, a voice to educate, and a voice to inspire change. Meg gave me just that. Meg Magazine is my threshold to wherever greatness my words take me.

Much like the introvert that I will always be, I am still in my shell, it never phased out like what most people would expect. I just learned how to carry it courageously and confidently.

To Elyse, thank you for patiently handling a former student writer who had very little knowledge about journalism, who also, after more than 250 hours of mentoring, is finally off to a good start.

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