My name is Ryan Carr, and I am a senior advertising major here at Temple, with a concentration in brand strategy and research. Over the summer I started my position as a Marketing Intern at Nine Dots Media, a small media agency that specializes in helping brands tell their story through content creation.
Through working in a small business, I discovered the benefits of working in a small team where the supervisor I report to, Geoffrey Klein, is also at the very top of the company. For myself, with this being my first internship and first experience working in the industry, working very closely with Geoffrey was extremely beneficial for learning the ins and outs of the industry, in addition to having a direct line of communication from top to bottom. After all the work you dedicate to your core classes, and what you learn about how things are done in the industry, it is very rewarding to bridge the gap between what you learned in class to the practical applications you see in your internship experience. The most valuable skills I’ve learned in my experience built off what I had already learned and applying that to exactly how the things I learned in class are done in the real world, such as using applications such as Mailchimp or Hootsuite to market to consumers.
To others looking for, or starting their first internship, I would emphasize on the importance they carry in not only learning valuable industry skills, but also the connections and relationships you can build. Networking and the connections you make in your first internship are just as important as the skills you acquire during it, and can lead to future opportunities that benefit you down the road.