Published on May 29th, 2015 | from CAMH Education
Reflecting on a CAMH Education Field Placement
By Sarah May, Portico
In her first post, we introduced Sarah as she began her field placement with Portico Network. Now that placement is wrapping up, we asked her to post again. We’ve really enjoyed having her here and appreciate her contributions. Thanks, Sarah!
Where does the time go! My field placement at CAMH Education comes to an end this week and I honestly can’t believe how quickly my time here has flown by. CAMH provided me with a great experience and I’m amazed at how much I’ve learned in just eight short weeks.
Coming straight out of school, doing a post-grad in corporate communications and public relations, I hadn’t had much exposure to the working world of communications. Working on Portico Network provided many opportunities to practice my skills and learn new things. I was fortunate enough to be able to take on a variety of different tasks and projects, and even attend some events and conferences with the Portico team.
Heading into my internship, I had the perception that interns are often tasked with a lot of administrative and tedious jobs with little chance to expand your skills—but at CAMH, this was not the case. I was surrounded by a positive and supportive group of colleagues, who were all willing to assist me and make sure I was learning throughout my experience. Not only was I able to learn a lot about communications but I also feel as though I’m leaving this placement with a much stronger understanding of the topics and issues surrounding mental health and addiction.
Over the course of my placement, I was involved in several different projects with Portico Network. A couple highlights for me have been; being able to plan and execute communications strategies for Mental Health Week 2015, attending TAHSN Communicator’s Conference with communications professionals from hospitals all over Toronto, and developing my social media skills on Portico’s Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.
Lastly, I have found that the people you are surrounded with during your internship can really make all the difference. I appreciate how much I have been integrated into the Portico team by being included in team meetings, projects and events and always being informed of what’s going on. I’m leaving this placement feeling confident as a communications professional, and excited for what will come next in my career.