Over the last few years, I’ve done a lot of internships. Four to be exact…and they all have offered me something a bit different. They have all been in different locations, they have all entailed different responsibilities, and they have all been awesome for different reasons. So, I thought I would use this blog to talk a bit about each internship that I have had, and why it was/is great.
Pike County HTC
I worked with HTC (HomeTown Competitiveness) the summer before my Junior year. PCHTC is a group that had formed in my community the year before, and their goal was to foster economic development and growth in the community. So, I was the Marketing Intern, and I spent my summer advertising for the group and local businesses, planning events, and doing any little things that would be helpful for HTC. It was a great internship because I was able to give back to my community, live at home, and it helped me get my feet wet in the business world.
Last summer (summer before Senior year), I worked for Vera Bradley in Fort Wayne, IN. I worked with Human Resources as the Recruiting Intern, and I spent my summer helping out with the recruiting process in basically every way and developing a social media plan for recruiting. This was a great opportunity for me because not only did it force me to live on my own in a new city for the first time, but I also learned an outrageous amount about business and recruiting. Their formal internship program was absolutely wonderful, because I was able to learn about every single area of the company, while developing relationships with the other interns at Vera.
- The store opening I attended while working with Vera Bradley…
I worked at Slingshot during the first semester of my Senior year, and it turned out to be a really cool opportunity for me. Not only was it the first time I got to work with an actual Marketing department, but during the semester I was able to see how companies handle organizational change. Slingshot is a very young company (much different from Vera Bradley, an older company) so things were constantly changing throughout the semester. This was a great experience for me, because after graduation I will be working with a very similar company, so I now have at least a partial idea of what I should be expecting when I start my full-time job in June. Also, working at Slingshot forced me to be serious about time management since I took 12 hours of class, worked close to 30 hours per week between all of my jobs, while holding 4 leadership positions in my clubs and organizations.
Butler Business Accelerator
This is my current internship…and I’m totally loving it. The BBA is an on-campus consulting firm located in the College of Business at Butler, which means that it is most definitely the most convenient of all of my jobs. I work with some great people, all Butler students, some of which I knew beforehand and some of which I didn’t, and we just have a great time. I am the Internal Marketing Intern, so it is my job to market the BBA, rather than work with any of our clients. It’s fun, outrageously convenient, and I feel like it is allowing me to pull together all of my internships and everything I’ve learned in classes, so it is kind of like my Capstone Internship. So fitting.
Next I’m going to blog about how to get internships…so check back tomorrow for an inside look into how I got each of these internships…and my tips for looking for them!