Experiential learning can be difficult to attain in a traditional classroom environment, where knowledge is transferred rather than experienced firsthand. Moreover, that challenge is especially amplified during a global pandemic; nevertheless, experiential learning is a critical component of a student’s education, and there are ways to achieve it. One solution is to extend the learning experience beyond the confines of the classroom, where students can get a taste of the real-world work environment and a clearer picture of what their future jobs might entail.
To achieve meaningful experiential learning, I completed two 4-month internships at Western University and Forest City Film Festival. During and after the internships, I spent time reflecting on the valuable lessons I had learned through the experience. This report describes the main tasks and responsibilities I was assigned during both internships, outlines the main takeaways I gathered, and dissects my initial thoughts and responses to the various obstacles I faced, particularly in light of COVID-19. It also addresses how my internship experiences contributed to the planning process of my post-graduation career trajectory, especially considering how I might combine the education from both of my seemingly opposed majors, Arts and Humanities and Computer Science, into a singular role.