Internships that Matter

Starting at Trellis

Trellis Marketing is a small agency advertising agency, their specialties include video production, branding, web site design and more. I got my own laptop and small office. After I set up all the applications on the laptop I got right to work, my supervisor gave me a project to develop a logo for Senior TV. It was a very nice work environment, I got to listen to music and everyone was quite friendly. Tomorrow I will be spending a whole day there and I already have anther project to help out with. We are creating a small info graphic illustrating why to clients why it is so important to build their brand. http://beloved-brands.com/tag/brand-love-curve I was given this “beloved brands” article to read and now have to highlight key facts on a 5×7 card (and stay within the Trellis color scheme and feel) I’m already getting a feel for what it is like to be a real world designer. Branding is a huge aspect of graphic design and very useful knowledge. My supervisor says they are swamped with work lately, lucky me. More design...

Getting my feet planted at the Gardens...

On Tuesday of this week, I began my marketing internship at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.  Although I had met with my supervisor, Erin, earlier this April, I was quite unsure of what to expect when I walked in on Tuesday morning.  After finding my way to Erin’s office, she introduced me to all the staff members working in the building, gave me an indoor/outdoor tour of the Gardens and different greenhouses (there’s 12 and they’re all so beautiful!), and very shortly after, sat me down to work.  I was given my own cubicle next to one of volunteer assistants and a laptop to work on.  For my first assignment, I was responsible for inputting information about each of the Gardens’ fall/winter events into local news/media outlets and websites.  Erin told me she thought the tedious assignment would take me a few days and apologized in advance.  After working on the assignment for a solid six hours on Tuesday and still not managing to finish at 5 PM when I left today, I realize she was right.  The assignment has been much more time consuming than I had originally thought, but the time I’ve been spending on it has also made me realize how important news/media outlets...

Weeks 1 and 2 at EMA!

Weeks 1 and 2 at Eric Mower and Associates under the supervision of Gretchen have been great. I feel like she’s already given me a hefty amount of responsibility and really seems to care that I’m walking away from this with an education. I’ve met so many new people; I can barely keep up with the names! But everyone is so helpful with taking me under their wings, showing me around the office, and being available if I ever have any questions. As anxious as I was about being overdressed or totally green in terms of jargon and general office experience, the office is such a relaxed atmosphere that I’m already beginning to feel a bit more comfortable. Without being too specific (due to confidentiality), I have already had the opportunity to write some copy! Event planning research, crafting an invitation, and “knocking out a bunch of one-liners” are just some of the activities that have been assigned to me thus far. Additionally, after my event planning research and theme generation, Gretchen and her design counterpart Phil met with me very casually to go over what I created, and they gave excellent feedback as to what worked and what could be changed a little. I’ve also already attended two...

A New Experience

Yesterday was my first day at Local Edge, a company under the Hearst Media Corporation, and it went very well. I interviewed for the position over the summer with my supervisor Taryn Lewien, and she has been a great help so far. I had already walked through the office space, so I had a general idea of where I would be working for the semester. On my first day, she met me outside to let me into the building. We went through the expectations for the semester, including what assignments she would have me working on. Before arriving, I was nervous. I didn’t know what to expect. How would my co-workers treat me? I had done journalism before, but copywriting was a new game. I was promptly introduced to my new co-workers, all of whom were very friendly and open. They were all there to help ease me into the system. Narmeen, my co-worker, helped train me in the system of proofing and copywriting for businesses. I learned the system that they use and even began doing some work. I have my own laptop to do my work on, and they gave me some of the accounts to work on. I was able to work on ten accounts, totaling...

Starting at Spree

I’ve been at Buffalo Spree Publishing for two weeks now, and I seem to be settling in nicely. I am very grateful to be receiving real working assignments and not the useless “busy work” interns are sometimes known to do. I have already started working on three stories that will be featured in both the magazine itself, and a newspaper called Forever Young. The atmosphere in the office is wonderful, the staff is warm and welcoming, and the decor radiates inspiration. My hope is that this internship will get my foot in the right door, with some exceptional portfolio pieces. I’m also very excited to do some video work for the website. Last semester I created several video pieces for a journalism class, and discovered how much I enjoyed the processes of shooting and editing. There’s nothing more rewarding than having those long hours of editing clips shape into a well rounded video. Alongside my internship, I will also be creating short business videos for channel 2; this is a very important semester for me. Juggling this internship, six classes, and a job has really helped me develop great time management skills. With deadlines popping up left and right, I have to be on top of everything to be...

EVA Intern: social media, event planning, and so much more…...

The first day of my internship, I did not know what to expect. I had been in the Elmwood Village Association’s (EVA) office before but I didn’t know what my tasks or role here would be. When I got to the office, I was greeted with smiles and met another intern. I knew right away that I would like being here. The office is right on Elmwood; it is bright, comfortable and people frequently stop in throughout the day. When I was told that I would be working on the social media accounts, I was very excited. I have gone to school in the Elmwood Village since high school so I really feel as if I am part of this community. So far, I have seen how much the association does for the village, and I am so happy to be a part of it! I have jumped right into the work at EVA and my time there goes by very quickly. One of my favorite tasks is designing the E-newsletters. Merchants will send me information about sales or events going on in the village and then I use a program called Constant Contact to design an appealing newsletter that gets emailed to over 2,000 people. It has been...

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