The Intern Life


Jill Weiss

I landed the World Languages Intern position after three rigorous and challenging interviews.  I had always known about Pearson, since most of my high school textbooks had the Pearson symbol on them and I knew they owned subsidiaries of other large companies, including Prentice Hall.  When I first heard that I got the position, I was thrilled! In this economy, not only is it extremely competitive to get an internship or job for the summer, but the fact that this internship was paid was fantastic.  Also, as an English major, I’ve always wanted to explore this industry and get a taste of what it is like to work in publishing.

Immediately upon my arrival at the office, I was greeted by my co-workers, who have helped me so much throughout my time at Pearson.  Whenever I have a question or inquiry, they are always there to help immediately. My second day at work, I immediately became apart of what I consider Pearson’s “digital revolution.”  My first project consisted of hot-spotting five foreign language textbooks.  Hot-spotting entails documenting and creating links on Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to make videos, icons, and words clickable on Pearson’s online MyLanguageLabs.  Not only did I have to include links, but I also had to indicate on Excel where certain words and videos needed to be placed on the page.  On average, I would say for each textbook I had close to 1700 rows that were labeled on Excel.  For my largest text I had over 3600 columns.

While at first I was a bit flustered by my assignment, with the help of my project manager, I was able to get through the process very smoothly.  As I was doing this project, I was also meeting with various people for lunches to gain a sense of what other employees at Pearson do on a daily basis.  Some of the people I met with included employees from the Human Resource Management Department and the Marketing department, who gave me extremely useful advice about their fields and their own career paths.  I have always had an interest in both Human Resource Management and Marketing, so I figured it would be great to meet with people who were highly trained in those fields.

Currently, I am working on a Photography Research project, where I am helping to update older images in Spanish textbooks.   I am looking forward to working on my upcoming marketing project, where the World Languages Marketing Assistant and I are going to organize the information she has about which schools currently do not use Pearson textbooks, which we will give to the Project Specialists to target these schools for the upcoming National Sales Meeting.

One of the major skills I have acquired in this position is that I’ve learned how important it is to ask questions in a corporate environment.  At first, I was a bit timid and did not know if I was creating a burden on people by asking them if the work I was doing was correct.  I’ve learned though that there really are no ridiculous questions and in any job, by asking questions, you are making sure that you are completing your assignment correctly.  This internship has also helped me become adept with important programs, including Microsoft Excel. Any of these skills and programs can be used in a corporate environment, which is another great perk of being a Pearson Intern.

What I personally love most about this internship is that I’ve been exposed to every division within the company.   While I have primarily worked on editorial and marketing projects, I have become familiar with parts of production and sales.  I have an amazing mentor who has helped me grow so much and I look forward to my endeavors with Pearson this summer!

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