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Pauline Leoncio



M-School title: Project Management Intern, Custom Business Publishing
Post-secondary institution: Simon Fraser University
Program of study: Communications and Publishing

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When I applied to the M-School program, I never thought I’d get in. It is the crème de la crème of internship opportunities. But when I got accepted, I had no doubt in my mind about accepting. Despite only having five days to pack up my life in Vancouver and move to a city where I knew absolutely no one, I knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Now that I’m actually in the program, I see it really does live up to its reputation. M-School is the best learning experience an intern could ever dream up. You’re given the opportunity to be both a student and an actual employee. From the get-go I was put to work, I felt a part of the team and I felt valued, even if I was an intern.

I think what really makes this program special are the people. The program managers put in a lot of effort to make sure the interns get the most out of their experience. It’s the speakers who kindly take time from their insanely busy schedules to share their knowledge and experience with us. And it’s our managers and colleagues who work with us directly and treat us like actual co-workers. They all make this internship one of a kind.

It’s also been great bonding with the other interns during activities like the Blue Jays game and a road trip to the printing press. I started my internship knowing no one from Toronto and I’m happy to have met 11 incredible people to share this experience with.

In the course of four months, I’ve learned so much about myself, the publishing industry, and about what it takes to succeed in the workforce. I’m endlessly grateful for this opportunity and I’m excited for what’s next.

What were your primary tasks?
My primary task was to support the custom project managers. This meant I could be working on two to six projects at a time. I would either co-manage a project, or I would help with different pieces of a project. These custom projects would be executed in print and/or web, and ranged from being a DPS custom article to a 32-page booklet with infographics, videos and web promo. I also got to create social media copy for Canadian Insurance Top Broker, and wrote copy for a custom project on Canadian Grocer’s website. It was great being a part of so many different projects.

Describe one day in the workplace?
A typical workday consisted of a few meetings throughout the day, managing whatever projects I was a part of and tackling tasks that popped up throughout the day.

What is your proudest accomplishment from the internship?
One moment I am particularly proud of is when I pitched ideas to my manager and those ideas became a great opportunity for the sale team.

What is your dream job?
In my wildest dreams, I’d be creating the soundtrack for the film adaptation of a book I’d written.

If money was no object, what would you do all day?
I’d be hopping from island to island listening to Weezer’s Island in the Sun while sipping on pina coladas.

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