Internships that Matter

Night of Networking

On Monday, October 27, I attended a networking event in Grupp Fireside Lounge on campus. The event was titled “IMC Alumni Panel: The Power of Influence” and ran from 5:15-7:30 PM, but unfortunately because of work, I was unable to stay for the entirety of the event. However, while I attended, I felt I learned valuable information and made some connections. Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) professionals from the Buffalo area and Canisius alumni attended the event to discuss social media, consumer behavior and branding among other IMC related topics. I attended the event alone and was definitely a bit nervous, especially because I didn’t know who would be there or what to expect. I am normally a pretty outgoing person who enjoys meeting new people, but going to an event where you know no one in hopes of making connections to possibly further your future career is a bit nerve-wrecking. I’ve met and talked to several people prior to this event about my resume and plans after graduation, but have never done so in a setting such as this. I remember wishing I had brought someone with me, but luckily once I arrived, everyone was welcoming and friendly. Other than the IMC professionals who were there to speak about...

Breaking in the New Shoes

Although it was a late start, I finally got to break my new shoes in at TownSquare Media. It is very intimidating at first, when you walk in the DJ’s are On-Air and starring at you until you turn the corner and walk up to your desk. I met nearly 30 people in just the first week. It was incredibly hard remembering all of their names and it sure took them a long time to remember mine as well. My boss Dean is a very cool guy, as well as a very busy guy. He is always in and out of the office and always has a million of things to do. I am able to post content on the blog and Facebook sites. I would ask Dean to proofread for me before I posted any content or typed up a prize sheet.  After the first week, however, he trusted me and did not need to proof anything anymore. Although he still looks at it after from time to time to give me constructive feedback. I can tell I am going to learn a lot here and am very...

Fun at the Foundation

This past week I started an internship at The Independent Health Foundation. In just two days, I already feel like I’ve been a part of the team for months. The Independent Health Foundation works with the members of the community to help support a healthy community.  It receives support through sponsorships, donations and fundraising events, which become assets to help keep the organization up and running. The Independent Health Foundation created two major programs, Healthy Options and Fitness For Kids Challenge as a means of connecting with our community and raising awareness of the importance of their health. Healthy Options works with local restaurants and their menus to offer customers healthy eating options at some of their favorite food places. Fitness For Kids Challenge works with kids grades 2-5 to help increase their physical activity and healthy eating choices. From October to May the schools work to complete activity and nutrition challenges in hopes of winning prizes. As an intern at the Independent Health Foundation I will be working with the team on these two programs. I will be maintaining some of their social media sites, writing for their blogs, and helping run their events. Currently, the Foundation has a Twitter for their Healthy Options program, and a Facebook. After...

The Beginning of a Great Opportunity at The Boys and Girls Club...

This past Monday I started my social media internship at The Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns and have thoroughly enjoyed it so far. I previously interned in the Internet Marketing Department at Wegmans and in the Marketing and Promotions Department at The Buffalo News, so interning at The Boys and Girls Club will be a completely different experience. It will be great to have experience in all different types of work environments. The Development Office at The Boys and Girls Club is very small, so there are a lot of opportunities for me to get involved. On my first day, I met my supervisor, Ashley, and she gave me a tour of the office and explained how everything worked. I get to see the kids in their afterschool programs everyday that I am there. On the second day of my internship I dove right into a new project. I was asked to help come up with creative and out-of-the-box social media campaigns to help raise money for a Boys and Girls club partnership program. Ashley and I spent most of the day brainstorming and researching different ideas. Once we decided on which ideas we wanted to implement, we began to write content for Facebook and Twitter. I...

Week One

I got a text from my supervisor last night saying, “Sorry it got kind of crazy today! Thanks for being so flexible”. My response? “I like crazy, I’m glad I don’t have a ‘normal’ job.” I have been to my internship three times now, and ever since our first meeting together I feel as though we are unstoppable.  Do you want to know the best part of it all? There are only three of us! I feel like people might think that this job isn’t a real job because there aren’t many employees, but these women work. They get things done that need attention, and they do not let anyone get in their way. Sure, it’s pretty scary working in an office with the two of them watching my every move, but I already feel like I am part of the team.  The best part of it all is that they don’t make me go get them coffee, we go get coffee together.  I joke with them often saying things like, “I’ll do it! After all I am your intern.” They love that one. But in all seriousness, I came in not knowing what to expect, and these two women immediately took me under their wing, and I love...

Week 1 with Roswell

This week I finally started my internship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.  I am interning with Carly’s Club, which focuses on the pediatric side of events and fundraisers.  Ever since I went on a tour of Roswell last spring with AWMC (Association of Women and Men in Communication) I knew I wanted to intern there.  Everyone seemed so nice and welcoming and even more important, they all seemed to love their jobs.  Even though I have only completed two days of my internship, I know I am going to love it.  So far I have gotten to visit the Roswell Pediatric unit and help complete some errands and tasks for upcoming events and activities.   I also get to help out with two of the biggest events of the year this semester, the holiday party and the All Star Gala. Everyone I work with is amazing and the atmosphere is so great, I cannot wait to see what else is in store for me in the weeks to...

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