08/08/17

What We’ve Learned/Interns’ Goodbye

Our summer at OBI was anything but ordinary. This wasn’t the stereotypical internship where all we did was busy work and get coffee. We were given real projects that benefited real clients. We were able to see changes and improvements – we were able to put our names on something and feel as though we accomplished something. We became part of a family, and we left work each day looking forward to the next. We knew OBI would offer us great experience and awesome learning opportunities, but we never anticipated enjoying it so much.

 

Favorite project this summer?

  • Alexis: My favorite project this summer was working with MTRL DSGN. I helped with research, strategy and messaging as well as presenting to the client. I grew to be very passionate about the client and their work, and I wanted to see them succeed. When presenting, I loved their excitement – it was awesome to see a client that I cared about so much appreciate the hard work I put toward the project.

 

  • Meg: My favorite project from the summer was writing a social media campaign for our nonprofit client RESPECT. The campaign included a timeline of social posts promoting a fundraiser at a comedy club. I was able to create successful social posts while building relationships with the wonderful people who work at RESPECT. After the campaign was over, I was able to sit down with the people at RESPECT and suggest next steps in terms of their social media presence online.

 

  • Emily: My favorite project was getting to work on the Angels Among Us rebrand. I was brought in to help create logo options for their new brand. I got to ideate and execute possible options for the clients and I had two of my logos presented as final options. Through this, I was able to attend the client meeting, hear their feedback and insight and redesign to meet their needs. Even though my logo wasn’t chosen in the end, getting to have mine presented as a student was an incredible experience.

 

Do you have any advice for future interns?

  • Meg: If you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask. Everyone is willing to lend a hand and help you succeed. Also, learn how to use the account management software (Mavenlink) in your first week. Make sure someone sits down with you and have them explain how it works, trust me.

 

  • Alexis: Ask to be invited to every meeting and try to get involved with every project in some sort of capacity (even if it’s just asking questions), and absorb as much as possible. Everyone here wants you to learn and get the most out of your internship. Without the amazing Account Managers and Account Directors allowing me to join their projects, I wouldn’t have been able to gain the experience I did this summer.

 

Meg Housholder, PR & Social Media Intern     Alexis d'Amato     Emily Gauger, Design Intern

Favorite part about working at OBI?

  • Meg: I don’t even know where to start. My favorite part about working here this summer was being apart of a group that relies on one another to create something awesome. The teamwork aspect of this company is something I loved being apart of and how I’ll remember my time at OBI.

 

  • Emily: I don’t think it’s possible to choose one favorite thing from OBI. This has been the most incredible environment and experience that I have had and I am so grateful for my time here. I do, however, have to capitalize on the never-ending support and knowledge that comes from everyone here. There was never a question unanswered or a thank you left unsaid. The people at OBI are what makes this place stand out amongst the rest. I will always remember each and every one of them and the things they have taught me.

 

What will you take on to use throughout your final year at college (or final years)?

  • Alexis: Working with people who care about the same thing, are as passionate as you are and are willing to have some fun along the way will make or break any work experience. As I move through my last year of college, into graduate school, then onto a career, I will always remember this experience and how important fitting into a culture is.

 

  • Emily: As a maximizer, I have a desire for perfection and want to constantly rework things. Working here has given me the opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment and I definitely will be bringing the mentality back with me in my final year of school as well as the future in general. I’ve always had a problem managing my school projects and being consumed by them until the time they were due. Learning how to get things done quickly, but still at a level of excellence, will definitely help me excel in my final year.

 

It’s sad to think our internship is coming to an end. We won’t be walking into the front door every morning and seeing Ashley’s huge smile or hearing Kevin say hello to everyone in the office. No one will be able to read off DJ Khaled quotes quite like Olivia or talk about their cute dog as much as Kathleen. We might even say, we will miss trying to sneak out of the bathroom without making eye contact with Joe, whose office sits directly in front of the women’s bathroom.The people and places of OBI are forever apart of our experience as growing individuals. They shaped our futures, and without them, we wouldn’t have the real-life experience and knowledge to carry through life and become successful account managers, PR coordinators or art directors. Thank you OBI Creative for a memorable summer. We will miss you!