Posted by Adam Scouse at 5:00 AM on December 10, 2008:
From Adam Scouse:
Just three short months ago I was sitting in my desk chair pondering how to begin my first blog post. I ended up writing the body paragraph first just because I couldn’t think of a first line. Now, a semester later, I’m looking back on my internship with Handshake 2.0 and wondering how it is over already.
The series of blog posts I wrote began with the idea of creating a hypothetical business based around selling ginseng. However, after following the advice of my supervisor and blogging mentor, Anne Clelland, my internship began to broaden its scope and allowed me to experience new research opportunities that I would consider invaluable. Not only was I able to add to my knowledge of non-timber forest products, but I had a great introduction to entrepreneurial practices.
I presented a brief summary of my internship to Professor Lorraine Borny’s management class in Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business. I pointed out to the class what I considered the highlights of my internship. While I enjoyed exploring the blogosphere for the first time as a researcher, the most valuable aspect came from the number of interviews I was able to conduct. The Interviews were set up by the networking power of Handshake 2.0 and its founder Anne Clelland.
After being introduced to blogs through this experience, I hope to continue using them as a powerful source of information as I graduate this spring. Two of my currently favorite blogs are Lifehacker.com and FastLane Blog. Lifehacker helps keeps me up to date on technological stuff and Fastlane I use to read opinions about the possible GM economic bailout.
So what were the keys to my success as an intern for Handshake 2.0? The first and foremost unbreakable rule was to keep deadlines. Because much of my blogging could be done from home, I was responsible for submitting quality material by my weekly Tuesday deadline. It was also extremely helpful to have friends look over my material and provide proofreads. That being said, it is important that an intern enjoy writing, because, well… you do a fair amount of it. So if you excel at working on your own without heavy supervision and want the freedom to make your own schedule, then Handshake 2.0 would be the place for you.
As I finish up my final entry in The Hypothetical Entrepreneur blog series, I want to say thanks to all of those who helped me along the way. Many people took the time to meet with me and provide invaluable information and feedback about my internship. Thank you to all of those who made it possible. It truly is all in who you know.