It’s not about the size of the ship

Working at Inspire as a creative design intern has been quite an interesting time.  It gets even more interesting when the company you work for is very small, having only a dozen or so coworkers.  At first, it felt as if my experience might be limited.  I was worried there wouldn’t be enough work to go around, and that I’d be stuck getting coffee and answering phone calls like the stereotypical intern you see in the movies. Thankfully, I was very wrong.

After the first few days, I had already started to form friendly bonds with my coworkers, more so than I ever would have been able to at an agency of 100+ people.  We would joke around during work, listen to music, and of course get down to business when we necessary.  Also, everyone has an important role to play, and no work done ever feels like “grunt work.”  If you’re given a task to complete, it is an integral part of what’s going on, and you always feel involved.  Truth be told, one of the most valuable parts of working with an economy-sized company, is that you get to talk face-to-face with your boss on a day-to-day basis. You feel like you always know what’s going on, and aren’t simply just a cog in a machine.

All in all, working with Inspire has changed my outlook on how i perceive advertising agencies.  It doesn’t have to be a huge mammoth of a corporation to feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself.  As for those those who may be thinking in the future to pass on the start-ups or the smaller businesses in an effort to pursue much bigger fish, don’t think too rashly.  You may find the greatest opportunity of your life is right under your nose, all you have to do is take a leap and hope for the best.

One comment

  1. Ian,

    I also did my internship with a small company this semester and was apprehensive myself if this would limit the learning experience, but like yours it was the opposite! Smaller companies definitely give students a personal experience and great learning opportunities! Glad you had a positive experience!

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