Internships that Matter

What’s Next?

The Buffalo Bisons didn’t just give me the experience I needed with video production, but sparked an interest in me that I didn’t think was there- producing video for professional sports. At first, I almost felt like I was fighting the task of really learning about baseball because I have never held an interest in baseball. However, with a little help from the team, I got to learn things I never thought I would and ultimately, it changed me. I’m so blessed to have made lasting friendships with the other interns as well as have material for an impressive demo reel. I would suggest this internship to others who are interested in learning a variety of different roles in producing. The staff there really motivates you to learn and shares their history with videography. Although it was a definitely a time commitment, it was well worth it. I’m very grateful to have had this experience....

Atlanta Video Producers

Although my internship has come to end, I am still learning something new everyday. Here in Atlanta I have been networking with plenty of people and building my own clientele. I always knew that there was a lot here in Atlanta but I am actually able to see for myself all of the wonderful opportunities I have been given. Working for Mr. Holder has taught me quite a bit, even learning how to work more independently because he is starting a new company in the Turks. It was hard at first to get started but I think I got the hang of things. It’s much different than being in a classroom with your given assignments to complete. Here I was new to the city and was given a list of reels that he needed done to display on the company’s web page. I completed the task and coming by the end of the summer you can look on www.atlantavideoproducers.com to see the work that I have completed. That was a great way to end my...

Sweet Summer of Skills and Experiences...

As the summer semester comes to an end I can only look back on my experiences with the Elmwood Village Association with gratitude and an open mind. Through out my work experience I have learned new office, communication and writing skills.   The beginning was an easy transition with learning office etiquette, company values and daily routines. My supervisor, Ashley, explained each of our tasks clearly for me and the other intern to understand what she wanted us to accomplish. She showed us social media tools such as Constant Contact and Hoot Suite that will be valuable in my future career opportunities.  I gained experience in key social media skills, E-Newsletter and blog writing and do’s and don’ts of office etiquette.   Throughout the semester I was involved in public relations writing, event development and volunteer opportunities. I volunteered at the EVA Gala Dinner, which allowed me to see the results of a major event planned but also boosted my communications skills. I was able to talk to people from the community and sit in on conversations by the event coordinators that discuss the highs and lows of the night. Eventually I volunteered at the weekly concerts put on by the EVA. During the semester I was involved in...

Last Days at the Internship

As I reach the end of my internship, I realize how bitter sweet this moment truly is. On one hand, I have gained so much knowledge from my supervisor and the people I have worked with over these past few weeks, but on the other hand it’s all over with. My time spent at my internship has been helpful and I can honestly say that I have accomplished the goals that I wanted to accomplish. My writing and verbal skills, I feel, have been tested on a daily basis and I feel that I have overcome so much in the few short weeks I have been there. I have been constructively criticized multiple times and for that I am grateful. My supervisor gave me the knowledge and experience I needed to improve as a professional in the career field.  I would tell any student if they were thinking about an internship, don’t just think about it, do it! You will never regret the experience you have gained at the internship, both good and bad.  I have no regrets about doing this internship and I am happy to say that I have gained one more professional I can go to for advice on my resume, writing and future aspirations....

Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginning’s End...

As cliche as it sounds, when I thought about what to write in this blog post, Semisonic’s “Closing Time” came to mind. You can probably tell, since I’ve titled this blog post with the song’s most ubiquitous lyric. This Thursday marks my last official day as an intern in the offices of Entercom Buffalo. However, I will still be working at Alt Buffalo’s Kerfuffle concert, taking place this Saturday. After that, my time in the promotions department will be complete. No more calling radio listeners to tell them they won concert tickets, no more labeling meet and greet packages, no more delivering multiple cases of wine to the Buffalo Botanical Gardens (yes, a real task I had to do). Before starting this internship, I had two close friends complete it in previous years, and based on what they had told me about it, I knew that’s the kind of work I wanted to do. So many of my different tasks in the office were not surprises to me. What was unexpected to me in this internship was how much I loved the environment I worked in. The promotions department is basically a team of three, one of those three being my supervisor, Sam. It’s hard to recall a day when I...

Two months later: A rewarding experience...

It’s hard to believe that I’m finishing up an informative, rewarding, and enjoyable internship experience at CannonDesign. I learned a great deal about marketing communications and the specific needs of a firm in the design industry. I was extremely fortunate to join a team that cared about my learning and development, as I was included in just about every ongoing project in addition to my own responsibilities and assignments. The area that I think I’ve grown the most in is my ability to gather, interpret, and present information. I developed these skills as a result of three comprehensive research projects. The projects included competitive analyses and assessments of the firm’s social media accounts, media exposure, and the communication strategy of a service line within the firm. I presented my social media findings to the entire marketing communications team, which includes people from 5 different offices, in person and on a conference call. Additionally, I feel as though I grew in my verbal communication skills as a result of 12 interviews with interns from across the firm. The interviews were used to write a recurring feature series that introduced summer interns within the firm’s internal communication platform. After reflecting upon this experience, I would recommend the following advice: Try to...

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