This blog was written by Shelby Locke, MDC’s Media Relations InternIMG_8521

I cannot believe that my internship with MDC has come to an end. After 12 short weeks, I am able to say that I have grown so much as a public relations professional and as a person with this wonderful group of people. I have gained more valuable experience in my time here than I would have ever imagined.

Upon starting my internship in May, I learned quickly that I was going to be treated and valued as part of the team. At first this was intimidating because I have never been allowed to work so independently, but in the end, it grew my work ethic and skills. During my time at MDC, I wrote blog posts and social media, helped with events and worked on many creative and promotional materials. During my last week, I had the opportunity to do an interview with Whitney Kent from Mom’s Everyday on a story I pitched about children and accidental drug overdoses. This project definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone, but once I was in the studio I became comfortable and confident in my abilities.

One of my favorite parts about this internship was getting to host the U.S. Surgeon General. I have seen events take place with important political personalities before, but I have never been able to work behind the scenes. Getting to sit up front, live tweet the event and meet the Surgeon General was an experience that I may have never be able to do if it weren’t for MDC!

In addition to developing better skills in public relations, I have learned so much about the scope of the drug epidemic in the U.S., and, more specifically, East Tennessee. Going into my next internship, which is another non-profit focused on behavioral health, I feel so much more confident because all of the things I have learned at MDC. More than anything, I am so appreciative of the relationships I have formed with everyone here. I am truly blessed to have worked with such a loving and hard-working group of people.