As my internship at Quinlan comes to an end, I feel nothing but gratitude for what was an incredibly rewarding (and unique) internship experience. Nearly all the goals I set for myself as an account intern were met. During my time there, I became Inbound Marketing certified on HubSpot, developed multiple pieces of content including social posts and blog posts, expanded my network across every department, and grew my knowledge of the advertising industry by reading two books my supervisor lent to me: “Ogilvy On Advertising” and “Win Without Pitching.” All in all, it was the best introduction to the world of advertising I could have hoped for.
When the COVID-19 outbreak hit in March, I was worried that my internship with Quinlan would be cut short. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case and I was allowed to continue remotely. Because of that, I was able to witness first-hand how an agency functions during a crisis, partner virtually with other team members, and become involved in a meaningful project involving small businesses in WNY. The whole experience taught me the importance of being able to adapt in a time of need — whether it be by finding creative solutions to clients’ problems or by making the most out of technology to stay connected. Although there are obvious disadvantages to working from home, completing the second half of my internship remotely gave me learning opportunities I otherwise wouldn’t have encountered.
Overall, I am beyond pleased with my experience at Quinlan. My supervisor, along with everyone in the office, was so welcoming and willing to show me the ropes. I truly feel like I learned something from everyone. Although it was an unorthodox internship given the circumstances, I know that the skills and knowledge I gained will serve me well in whatever I choose to do next.