Thanks goodness it is Friday! These nine to six workdays are very long and they are preparing me for what I should expect when I graduate college. Fridays in the office are very laid-back. My co-workers do not usually show up until around ten o’ clock in the morning and then they begin to complete their daily tasks. One of the reasons the company is so successful, is that it is very communicative oriented and everyone makes an effort to develop a relationship with each and every person. Today, the entire art department went out to lunch together at a place called Bangers (which I might add has some awesome sausages). It was the typical Austin, Texas atmosphere with the long, outside wooden tables and a fenced area in which you could bring your dogs to play. After eating, the whole department headed back to the studio to keep working on their projects. The reason I believe the employees of this company really enjoy their job is that they not only have a passion for their work, but they are also not hounded by their bosses. Every employee knows what is expected of him/her and hits his/her deadlines consistently. Chaotic Moon is a company that really knows how to run itself!
Greetings from the Windy City! This summer I am the Sports Operations Intern at the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) in Chicago, IL. First off, if you haven’t spent any time in Chicago during the summer, you are depriving yourself of a great time. This city has it all. I digress.
To give you a very basic idea of what goes on at NCSA: It is a company that helps high school student-athletes get recruited to play college sports at any level (DI, DII, DIII, and NAIA). Feel free to visit NCSA’s website at www.ncsasports.org to learn more.
So what exactly do I do with NCSA you might be asking? Or you might not be asking and simply scrolling through these blog posts to view the awesome photos my fellow classmates have posted, never knowing I even said this, but that’s understandable. Well, my position entails doing anything and everything that needs to be completed. Cue the sighs and the “typical internship” thought you just had. NOT SO FAST. The Sports Operations intern team, including my two sidekicks Davion and Matt, are here to learn as much as possible about every department within the company. We partake in weekly training sessions that review one specific department per week. I quite enjoy the educational aspect of the job.
However, most of our time is spent doing projects for all of these different departments. So far I have worked with Partner Programs, the baseball and football scouting teams, Event Logistics and a handful of others. I have done research, data entry, made phone calls to parents and I’ve even written an article for the NCSA High School newsletter. All that has been great, but the project that has really been fun is the scavenger hunt project I am working on with Davion. We are in charge of planning a scavenger hunt for the NCSA Athleadership team (CEO, President, etc…) around the entire city of Chicago. This has been heaps of fun and I can’t wait until the actual event in July.
So there is a little bit about my time here thus far. If you enjoyed hearing about my internship, then you should continue reading this blog… because many of my classmates have equally, if not more, exciting opportunities this summer. Until next time, friends!
Internships are great for people of all majors – they give you a chance to explore what working in your field is really like before you actually start living in the “real world”. You get a chance to see the things you’d actually be doing. If you like your internship so much you start feeling a pinch of sadness when it’s time to leave for the day, you know your major is right for you! Here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the last few weeks that will help you once you start your first internship:
1) Never ever ever complain
I cannot stress how important this is! As an intern, you may get some tasks that seem less than glamorous, such as filing, general office maintenance, and filling out some paperwork. Yes, they’re not the most fun tasks but instead of complaining about it to your other coworkers (who will most likely tell your supervisor about this) or rolling your eyes, do it with a smile and most importantly, do it well. If they see that you go above and beyond for such basic tasks, not only will they be impressed by your work ethic, but you’ll be assigned to more important tasks. Your days of fetching coffee and filing the latest budget reports will be much more scarce.
2) Get to know people from every department
Whether the office you’re interning in consists of 10 people or 100, make it a point to get to know people from every department, not just the one you’re assigned to. You’d be amazed at some of the knowledge you can absorb from your coworkers. They remember when they were your age and exploring career paths so they may have lots of advice for you on things they wish they would’ve done. It’s important to be genuine and not force these relationships because people will notice. Do something nice for the office and bring in donuts one day or send a note to thank someone for their help on an assignment. It’s the little things that count. If coworkers see how well you fit into their company, not only will they give you stellar recommendations, but they could possibly even hire you one day. It will also make your internship experience a lot more enjoyable.
3) Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Many people don’t know this, but employers do like it when you ask questions! It makes it seem like you’re engaged in the assignment and you’re a very detail-oriented person. If there’s a concept you don’t understand, an assignment you’re not quite sure how to go about doing, or you just want to know more about the company, simply ask. What’s not ok is to ask questions that you’ve been given the answers to time and time again because it will make it seem as if you haven’t been paying attention. If you have a question, ask it. It will make your life a lot easier.
4) Make a list of all the things you want to learn how to do
I know it sounds a little out of the ordinary, but write down some things that you want to learn how to do during the course of your internship. If there are some computer programs that have to do with your major, such as Photoshop or any social networking sites, write them down. In your list, make sure you set measurable goals for yourself that you will be able to accomplish by the time your internship ends. Make two copies and give one to your supervisor and keep the other one. Go over the list with your supervisor and let them know about all the things you hope to accomplish during your time as an intern. Not only will they be impressed you took the initiative to do this, but they’ll make sure you’re able to accomplish everything on your list.
5) Research the company beforehand
Not only is this an important thing to do before starting an internship, it’s important to do this before the interview, as well. Your supervisors will be happy that you’re up to date on the company’s current events so that saves them time having to explain it to you. Become aware of the services they provide and any software they may use and try to familiarize yourself with it before starting. This shows you took initiative in exploring the company on your own and it will ease the transition into becoming an intern.
I hope this 5 tips helped on what to do and what not to do as an intern! Taking initiative is everything and everything listed above will also help you enjoy your internship experience as much as possible. It’s not all about cliche duties such as getting coffee, but about giving you an insight as to what you’ll be doing in the future and it’s important to make the most out of it.
My first week at Tambourine (or “Tambo” as the employees call it) has been nothing short of amazing. Not only have I learned a lot about digital marketing and advertising, but I’ve also learned a lot about the company, its employees, and the clients.
As I’ve mentioned in my past post, Tambourine is responsible for the marketing and advertising of travel, tourism and lifestyle clients, such as many different hotels, resorts, and even countries.
An important factor in digital marketing is a concept called SEO, which is search engine optimization. Just to give you a crash course on SEO: it’s the process of affecting the visibility of a website in a search engine. Basically, if you Google “Best Hotels in the Caribbean”, you’re most likely to only focus on the websites at the top of the list rather than going to the 4th page of your yielded results. Most people don’t even make it to the 2nd or 3rd page of results on search engines. There’s 2 ways of getting your webpage to go higher on the list: you can either pay search engines to do this or you can do it organically.
At Tambourine we do this organically by researching which keywords users search for more frequently and then writing blogs to incorporate these keywords so our clients can appear higher on the list. That’s been my main responsibility over the last few days. Some of the topics I’ve written about include: Top 5 Ways to Experience Miami Like a Local, Best Luxury Hotels in the Caribbean, Top 5 Attractions in the Caribbean and more.
Guess you could say I’ve become an expert on Caribbean travel. I haven’t really traveled to many places in that region, but researching and writing about them only motivates me more to work harder to be able to visit one day.
What I love about blog writing is that it’s different than writing essays for school assignments that are only going to be seen by your professor’s eyes. Writing blogs for websites are actually going to published. Once the “publish” button is clicked, my blog entries are sent into cyberspace, allowing anyone with internet access to view them. It’s pretty cool if you think about it. My supervisor was so impressed by some of them she’s going to have me pitch it to the Miami Herald and other newspapers, so fingers crossed! For now, I’m just enjoying the island life vicariously through my blogs, as if living in Fort Lauderdale was that bad…
The best thing about being an intern is the amount of different things you get to do. Some may seem, well pointless, but these tasks expose you to a large amount of different aspects of different positions. For those who do not know what they want their careers to be in the future, an internship is a great start. So far I have worked with finances, editing, interior design, scheduling, record keeping and technology troubleshooting. Take in mind I have done all of this and I work for a mobile application company.
Being trusted with the accounts and business expenses of the chief creative officer gives me a bigger responsibility than the typical intern. Editing proposals gives me a great sense of usefulness and tinkering with different phones and tablets has given me a broader knowledge of the different services and technology out there. The current and major project I have been assigned to for the summer is moving.
We are currently moving our office into a location two and a half times the size of our current one. Since all of the employees already have their own tasks to keep up with, there is little help in the area of decorating and supplying for the new office. It has been a blast browsing through online furniture catalogs and visiting furniture stores for design ideas. To keep track of the construction progress, my boss thought it was a good idea to set up GoPro Hero 2 cameras in the new office and have them take pictures at every hour increment. After realizing sixty seconds was the maximum amount of time between each picture, my boss scrapped the idea.