Inside the Internship: A day in the life of a marketing intern
When I sat down at a desk next to two marketing managers on my first day, I knew this wasn’t a normal internship. No coffee runs or note taking, but working alongside of full-time employees like I’m part of the team.
The department of the technology company I work for has about 100 employees in house, meaning I’m not just a number but almost everyone knows each other’s name. It’s much more like a startup environment, which I just happen to love. It’s a lot of work but there’s so much reward doing work that matters.
In the words of the CMO: “Put out fires.” So, my job is constantly putting out fires – things that need to get done ASAP.
Time to get up! I’m usually a zombie in the morning so I prepare my outfit, bag and coffee the night before so I’m not rushing trying to get out the door. My goal is to be in the car by 8 the latest.
This office is pretty relaxed with time slots as long as you get what you need done. But everyone seems to come in by 9 a.m., and I like to organize my day ahead of all the chaos that is about to occur. I like to prepare a to-do list of the day by priority while my coffee kicks in and prepare for whatever my first meeting of the day is.
It’s meeting time! Being that this is an international company, my meetings have to work around a completely different timezone. Today, I had a Skype call with someone from Tel Aviv.
Time to do whatever tasks from my list that day. Today it was finalizing a script for a migration campaign, plus compiling and assessing information for a marketing revamp which I just got tasked to do from the 9 a.m. meeting.
Lunch time! It may seem early, but I’m not much of a breakfast person so I haven’t eaten yet. Even though I have access to free coffee at the office, I’m convinced it’s decaf so I usually sneak in a coffee run as well.
Another meeting… This one was to shoot a video for a campaign that I’m working on.
Around this time my brain starts to fail me, so time for some more coffee and regrouping. Usually by now my list is completely messed up and I just need to make sure I’m doing everything correctly.
At this time meetings are over aside from some recap emails, so can finally finish any project that needs to get done as my deadlines tend to be extremely time sensitive.
6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
I try to leave around 6, but sometimes I have to stay later and other times I get to leave early. I like to leave knowing I did the best I could to complete my tasks and not have to think about them the next day because I get a whole new set of fires tomorrow.