The pristine white walls accented with their trademark royal purple color is a testament to a place where professionalism meets creativity. The prestige of saying that “I write for Yahoo,” or “I intern at Yahoo” was always met with “Oh that’s so cool!” from friends who asked me what I’ve been up to lately.
It’s hard not to fan girl when Yahoo! Philippines is one of the premier digital internet companies in the world, but you forget to be intimidated when the work, the people and the place are fun. I may have been the lone intern for the months of January to March but the stint never felt lonely.
You make your internship what it is and Yahoo! never limits how much you want to learn. All you have to do is ask — questions about people’s work, to pitch a story, tag along in a shoot, write for a different section, etc — none of which was in my official job description. They’re flexible if the intern is flexible.
While I’ve written and worked with other companies before, this is the first time I’ve learned about the business and technical aspect of the industry. Even in editorials, the numbers are just as important as the words.
My Pops is right when he says there’s a business side to everything, even for the artsy fartsy careers, which is something my communication upbringing is quickly trying to learn. As my boss Erwin Oliva, country editor for Yahoo! Philippines always tells me. If you can master both then you’re an asset anywhere, whether in the Philippines or abroad.
Speaking of my boss, and my other office mates as well, being surrounded by talented people with years worth of experience and accomplishments under their purple belt is not only inspiring but humbling. That was my realization after having drinks out with them one night. The burden of my generation is that we demand and expect a lot from the getgo, but what have we really accomplished at twenty-something?
Last December I applied to be an editorials intern, but I learned more than how to tighten my writing skills. Thank you to the Purple family for the the experience and the opportunity. Let me take you through my days at Yahoo! Philippines!
View some of my Yahoo! articles here