Not My First Rodeo: My Time at Red Tettemer O’Connell & Partners
As a senior advertising major, Red Tettemer was not my first internship. It wasn’t even my second. Not to mention the time I’ve spent in Allotrope and Temple Ad Club’s Executive board, there was no reason for me to be uncertain about what I was getting into.
When they expressed interest in my interview about how much work I had already done, I happily bragged about it. When they said that they were looking for people who took on initiative, I gladly pulled out examples of times I had done that. Despite hinting at wanting experienced interns, nothing had prepared me for what I would be able to do there.
They said that they wanted experienced interns who were able to dive into the deep end of work and they were right. During my time there, I was creating slide decks for client parties, overseeing crucial ongoing client documents, and coordinating a photoshoot that was taking place in California. I was able to create work orders, timelines, speak in internal meetings, and contact clients directly. These big projects were of course accompanied by the standard intern tasks of reorganizing folders, going on client errands, letting the more seasoned employees know what TikTok trends were popular at the moment, and showing up to handle modeling shoots.
All my experience couldn’t have prepared me for what I was going to do within my time there, but I am incredibly grateful for everything that I was able to learn. Walking away from Red Tettemer, I now have invaluable experience about overseeing official client projects from creative brief to final review.