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My name is Steph, and I am a senior Marketing major with a Communication Studies minor. Since this is my last year at Butler, my main goal is to enjoy every moment that I have left, while doing as much as humanly possible. I am a marketing analyst at the Butler Business Accelerator, a Speakers Lab tutor, and a Butler blogger (obviously). I also am an Alpha Phi, the President of the Butler University Student Foundation, a member of Alpha Kappa Psi (a professional business fraternity), and a member of the Butler American Marketing Association. In the small amount of free time that I do have, I love crafting, watching large amounts of television, and enjoying my favorite comfort foods, like sweet tea.

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It’s official – I’m done!

Today was the last day of finals, for my last semester in college…a day that I never thought would actually be here.  Granted, I did finish my finals on Friday night, but since then I have been hanging around campus working on other things and still being rather productive.  This is what my final finals week looked like:

  • Monday – I finished classes, went to work, and gathered my thoughts and got my life back together after Meghan’s wedding.  It took awhile to figure out what the rest of my week would need to look like to get everything done.
  • Tuesday – It was our reading day, and I spent it studying for my only test final (in International Marketing) the next day.
  • Wednesday – I studied all morning, took my last test (EVER), and then went to work at my internship.  That night, I worked my tail off on my Personal Marketing Portfolio for my Marketing Management & Strategy class.
  • Thursday – I worked more on my Portfolio, taught myself how to use Illustrator (with the help of my friend Michael) for the design part of my Portfolio, and went to an IndyHub event for the BBA.  Working on my Portfolio was pretty intense…I even used two computers simultaneously, one for writing the content, the other for designing the layout.  Impressive, huh?

    When one computer just doesn't cut it....

  • Friday – I worked at the BBA, and wrote my final paper (EVER).  Of course, I couldn’t decide what to write it on, and I actually started over from scratch after I had written almost half.  It’s a wonder that I got it done on time – but I did….which is all that matters.

Now that finals are over, all that I have left to do is work at the BBA and graduate.  It’s a beautiful thing.  Not having class commitments, or any school commitments – absolutely amazing.  It might be nice if I wasn’t working too, but I really don’t know if I could handle that, or if I would know what to do with myself.  Most likely, I would go stir crazy a day into it.  So, I’m finishing out my college career the way I have spent every other year, by staying busy….and trying to enjoy every minute.  I have a few blogs left before I sign off for good – so be sure to check back to see what I have to say before I officially leave campus.

The BBA Intern Life: Marketing Edition

Every internship that I have had has been extremely different…as I’ve mentioned in previous blogs.  One really significant factor that has changed the overall experience for me each time is who I work with every day, and what kind of environment we are in.  Usually, interns work with mostly full time employees, or maybe with one other intern.  At my current internship with the Butler Business Accelerator, however, things are very different.  This is because there are actually more interns at the BBA than full time staff, which is one of my favorite things about working there. Having so many interns means that office space is pretty tight, but we have an absolute blast.

 

The Marketing Room – which somehow seats 7 people.

Working with so many people in one room can be super distracting sometimes…but it also has created a sort of bond among all of us.  Not only do we band together to be cooler/better than the Finance Room, but we help each other on our work for clients and the BBA itself.  It’s pretty safe to say that if someone has a question…one of us will always know the answer.  And since we are the Marketing Room (aka – the fun ones), we have found a few ways to get ourselves excited to be at work every day.

We started out with the “On this day in…” facts, which always give us some fun insight into history… which are usually rather depressing because most have to do with war.  Who knew that so many sad things have happened in the past???

Then, we really started getting into sharing our favorite music with each other…so we started a “Song of the Week”.  We use this to express ourselves and our feelings….for instance, this week the song is Happy Together (since we love being together in the Marketing Room so much), and the week before Spring Break was Miami.  Fitting, isn’t it?

Lastly, we have a daily (or whenever we think to change it) quote from The Office, which is obviously perfect since we are working in an office.

 

Our white board with all of our traditions…

Spending my time at work with such cool people in the Marketing Room has most definitely made my last semester here much more exciting – so much so that I know it is going to make the end of this semester/my college career so much harder.  It’s been a great final internship so far, thanks to all of the great people that I work with.  I’m going to miss hanging out with them all (and working of course) so much… I’m just not ready for it to end yet either!

My Internship Timeline

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.

Vera Bradley

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…

Slingshot SEO

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!