The Beginning | Shannon’s Internship

Hi, I’m Shannon, a French girl from Reunion Island and for the next two months I’m going to do a marketing internship at Greg Samborski Photography in Seoul, South Korea. I already know what you guys are thinking, what is this Reunion island? Well, for short, it’s a French nation in the Indian Ocean. Yes, the Indian Ocean and no, I do not live in the banana trees.

So, first day in Seoul and first day of my internship. Half nervous, half excited I go to the meeting with Greg and my new colleague Hanna in Hapjeong. I arrived at the station and first meet Hanna, a sweet and kind girl and we quickly present ourselves. She’s a Korean adoptee raised in the US currently in her third year of university. She decided to go back in Korea to start university and is really interested in photography and videography. So, as we are talking we enter a cafe, the location for our meeting with Greg.

Greg arrives and I’m so nervous to meet him for the first time because first, he’s technically my boss and secondly, I’m worried that my English-speaking ability isn’t that great. But quickly all my worries disappear, Greg is super nice and cool and with Hanna the meeting is going well. He introduced us to a new working platform “Teamwork” which allow us to organize the tasks and also to see all the projects, the active tasks, clients etc. And more importantly, it allows us to see who is doing what and for how long. I would say it’s a great tool to evaluate your work.

After distributing each task and project Greg decides to take some portraits of us.

OH MY GOD …. I am camera shy, I usually can’t stand seeing myself in photos. Greg takes Hanna and I in the streets to take some portraits with a nice background. Hanna’s first, and I can already feel the embarrassment. But she’s doing well and quickly it’s my turn (nooooo). Greg starts to ask me random questions to “capture various expressions”, meanwhile I’m just thinking about how to not to look completely ridiculous! However, as time passes I’m getting more comfortable (I think) and the impromptu shoot finishes. After some portraits of Greg, we decide to go back at the cafe and finish the meeting.

The first day is over and I have to say, I’m really looking forward to this internship as I get to work with two awesome people. I hope I’m going to do a good job!

Ps: The jet lag is killing me.


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  • Greg Samborski2018/05/16 - 2:08 PM

    Welcome Shannon! Excited to have you on board with us. I know it’s been a few weeks now but I was feeing that at the time too. Also noticing how much more comfortable you’re getting in front of the camera.

    This is a good introductory post. I would like to see more covering each week. Provide details about what you learned on the internship journey. This will not only give you something tangible to look back on, it will also help you immensely when it comes to writing up your final internship report.

    Some other pointers, please:

    1. ensure you proof read the blog, you can ask Hanna or myself
    2. categorize your articles under “internship”
    3. “set featured image” for each post including this one
    4. add relevant tags (I did this first one for you)
    5. fill out SEO pack details (see my example)
    6. cover the past (what you learned) and lay out some goals for the following week
    7. have a look at my personal blog posts as just one example of how you can keep things casual yet define your goals and progress
    8. set the date of the post to the date is was supposed to be posted if you happen to be posting late 🙂
    9. if uploading images maximum 2000px long edge and try and reduce the file size as much as possible using something like this will make load speeds faster, save bandwidth and help SEO.

    Okay looking forward to reading more!ReplyCancel