Since I’m an intern, the company has been really flexible about what I need to accomplish. My supervisors ask me what areas I want to focus more on and work to get me involved. So, they’ve had me assisting with their product photoshoots and working with photo editing after. (This is great experience since I’ll be a staff photographer for HPU’s Campus Chronicle in the fall.) They also had me dive right into Microsoft Exel, which I’ve never heavily used before. To keep me organized, I have to keep a log of the projects I work on and when they’re completed. I also learned that businesses have A LOT of meetings to make sure that the objective is clear and there’s nothing lost in translation.
By the third day into my creative sales internship, I’ve learned that brainstorming is a hit and miss. To truly come up with a myriad of ideas, you need to think on it on and off all day. The different moods you’re in can create different kinds of ideas, and this diversity is what helps the business the most. I’ve been planning a commercial for days now and I still feel like there are plenty of ideas out there waiting for me to write them down. I just have to hurdle that mind block first.
This internship marks the first “real world” experience I get to put under my belt. Walking into the building, I didn’t know what to expect. No one took me by the hand; but if I had a question they answered it. Other than that, I was mostly left to find my own way. Just in the first day, I did a few hours worth of research on marketing tactics of a competitor brand, attended three meetings, learned how to multitask, filled out some new-employee paperwork, then snapped this picture in my cubicle to commemorate my survival. By interning here, I hope to gain a good grasp of the teamwork spirit I see in all the employees around me.
Starting my third week as a Branch Manager today. Beginning the painting process on the fourth house, and I’m really starting to delegate tasks and manage my employees efficiently! These past two weeks have been plagued with rain, but that has really forced me to learn a lot about logistics, scheduling, and communication with customers. Overall, I’m seeing a huge improvement on the efficiency of my business!