I am a Freshman at Miami and a Business Economics Major. I love French and have travelled to five different cities in Europe. I hope to study abroad in Luxembourg. I am from West Chester which is only half an hour away from campus and I have also been visiting Miami since I was five. Let me know if you need more information!
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Major is accounting, minors are Information systems and Chinese
On campus involvement: Alpha Chi Omega and Women in Business
Fun fact: Went abroad to China for 11 weeks this past summer
Hometown: Bowling Green, Ohio
Want to Travel to: Costa Rica and the Mediterranean Coast
Fun Facts: Slightly color blind
Hometown: Bellbrook, OH
Major: Marketing & Minor: Entrepreneurship
Dream Job: Owning a bakery
Favorite cereal: peanut butter and chocolate Cheerios mixed together
Casey spent her summer working at Harvey and company.
How does this internship relate to your long-term educational or career goals?
I'm interested in pursuing a career in Finance, and this internship afforded me the opportunity to network with those in investment banking, private equity and fortune 500 CEO's. It gave me a great inside look into the world of Finance and definitely solidified my interest.
Did you have a mentor? Was the experience beneficial?
Yes, I worked directly under my analyst and reported to her every day. She was very helpful throughout the entire summer and we had a lot of fun working together. We still keep in touch and I know I will always be able to reach out to her for advice.
What tasks are less attractive or fulfilling?
Research. It became very tedious very quickly.
Samantha is a rising junior marketing major. She is our Philanthropy Executive Chair and spent the summer as a marketing intern at Boomerang Advertising LLC.
What relationships have you built with the people at your internship site: Because I worked at an advertising agency that represented clients, usually local restaurants, I was able to network with several business owners and their managers!
What was it like working with coworkers: My colleagues are near my age, and are all recently graduated from college, so I really enjoyed working alongside them. They each attended three different Ohio colleges and live in the area of the business (North Canton, Ohio), and I am confident that they will give me a great recommendation in the future!
What are a few things you can do to contribute to a successful career path at an advertising agency:
1. Take more classes emphasizing social media marketing!
2. Pick up a minor in graphic design (which I might do!)
3. Begin establishing an exemplary and engaging social media presence for myself
What was the culture of your internship site like: It was definitely a casual working atmosphere. It was a small office. We usually dressed business casual with "casual Friday", had an open working environment with desks facing each other so we were constantly sharing ideas and effectively communicating.
Does this fit with your ideal work values: I really appreciated the openness of the office, and felt very comfortable speaking my opinions and sharing ideas, even as the newbie! Communication is definitely something I value in a job.
Does this internship relate to your long-term career goals: I went in to this internship extremely open minded and willing to try new things, since I did not know exactly what type of marketing I wanted to make a career in. I worked mostly with the team doing social media marketing for several clients which entailed Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram post writing, some analytical research for performance summaries, and photography (which I did not expect to enjoy so much!) I would say that this internship related to my long-term career goals since I will undoubtedly be working with social media in any avenue of marketing going forward.
What lessons did you draw from your experience: Just because it was a small agency, it did not make it any less qualified to do a great job! I did not expect to enjoy the small working environment, but in retrospect, I think it was the perfect place for me to begin my marketing career. It was extremely hands on and gave me the confidence to speak up and engage with colleagues and higher-ups in a professional manner.
Sounds like you had a great internship Samantha!
Elana Ross is our Professional Development Executive Chair and a rising junior at Miami University. She recently returned from her summer abroad, interning in china!
Where did you work: I worked at Edelman in Hong Kong.
What was your position: I was on the Business + Social Purpose team. We work with clients to determine stakeholder expectations. We use those insights to create strategies that align with those expectations. B+SP can range from employee engagement, to corporate social responsibility, to supply chain communication.
What were your typical duties: Being an intern we usually did a wide range of different tasks. There was always new business research to do for people on the team. Interns also did a lot of media monitoring of our clients. I was also able to help plan a client event on Trust and Media in Hong Kong. I worked on a couple of different client projects helping to create a CSR policy, doing employee engagement, and stakeholder engagement.
How did you feel about work life vs. college life: Working makes you very appreciative of college life. Working 9-5, or in most cases 8-6, it's hard to find times to sort other non-work details, like setting a doctor's appointment or going shopping. It really forces you to be conscious of your time both in and out of work.
What was the most important skill you acquired: I don't think there is one particular technical skill I learned. I do think that it improved my ability to be flexible. Starting off as in intern in a very fast paced company was very difficult. People really know their stuff front to back. Even keeping up in conversation is sometimes difficult due to all the acronyms flying around. At first I did not feel completely comfortable with my performance. But I kept asking my line manager for feedback. This helped me learn what to improve and what was already good--sometimes when I didn't get feedback it meant I was already on the right track. At the end of my internship my line manager even said that being flexible and adjusting to feedback was one of my strengths. That's what employers are looking for. They realize that interns won't be 100% perfect right off the bat but they want people that are willing and able to change.
Congratulations on finishing your summer abroad Elana!