The Life and Times of an Internet Marketing Intern is a guest blog post by Rachel Brown, the Content Marketing Intern at digitalrelevance. In this position, she produces valuable advanced content and contributes to the company blog. Brown expects to graduate from Butler University in 2015 with degrees in English Literature and French. This is her reflection on her rewarding internship experience with digitalrelevance.
An English literature and French major at a liberal arts university. Does that sound like someone who would throw herself into the world of Internet marketing? I thought that girl would be out of place and struggle to find her way in.
My time at Slingshot SEO and digitalrelevance proved to be quite the opposite. Right from the start, I had confidence instilled in me from my supervisors, and I was put right to work. As an intern in the editorial department, my fellow Search Media editors welcomed me with open arms into their team. As I dipped my toes into the waters of Internet marketing, I found that the water felt just fine. I quickly caught onto the lingo and jargon I would need to survive. I also found that it wasn’t about how much training I came in with. It was about how willing I was to learn. If I ever had a question, there was always someone willing to answer it. The staff here is more than willing to teach you if you just ask.
“It wasn’t about how much training I came in with. It was about how willing I was to learn.”
Speaking of our staff, these guys rock. Literally, some of them make their own music. And it’s not just that: everyone here has their own specialty that they bring to the table. The team at digitalrelevance is full of people who are motivated, innovative and just flat out awesome. They’ve taught me how to integrate keywords and where to get the best lunch. They’ve given me career advice and they’ve shown me hilarious YouTube videos. If you get the chance, talk to a “digi” for even five minutes. You won’t regret it.
An intern couldn’t ask for anything more. As a part of the Search Scholars program, the interns complete 1-2 resume-worthy projects and plan an event for the entire company. Along with that, every intern has a mentor to ask questions and to learn from. The Search Scholars program awards its participants with a competitive edge and invaluable, hands-on experience.
I’ll leave you with a tip for fellow interns out there: Beef up your social media skills. digitalrelevance is full of employees who know all the right moves, so I got a lot of great advice right from the start. They have defined their online presence well, and I have learned to do the same. As employers are relying more and more on social media sites to recruit new employees, your online presence is key. Define your personal brand and make it consistent across all accounts. Post and promote content relating to your field weekly. Most importantly, make your profiles accessible to employers. They need to find you to be able to get to know you. And you want them to know you; neither of you will regret it. I sure don’t.
Update: Since writing this post for the digitalrelevance blog, I have taken on the position of the Content Marketing Intern for the company. After working in the editorial department in the spring, I was asked to continue in my current position through the summer. I could not be more grateful to have been a part of Slingshot SEO and digitalrelevance.
What’s been your favorite company to intern at? Let me know in the comments below.
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