Lense and Co Marketing Internship 2016
I am closing out another summer hosting a high school intern. Each experience has been quite different (3 interns as of 2016). This summer I had the pleasure of working with a young woman that is entering her senior year of high school. She is a focused student and picks thing up fairly quickly. My student intern came to me interested in learning more about business and marketing. We spent time learning about useful marketing and business software programs, written and verbal communication. We even attended a professional networking luncheon together where she listened in on a board meeting and stood up to deliver a 30 second introduction to a roomful of professional women. I try really hard to provide each intern with an experience that would have gotten me excited when I was a high school student. No need to make learning a bore.
I realized 2 years ago that working with a young person via an internship is just as much a benefit for the host as it is for the student intern. Internships are opportunities to teach valuable skills and lessons. It is NOT a way to get around employment laws. I take that distinction very seriously. Folks that do the latter are really doing a disservice to the youth. As a Oakland Promise Champion, I understand the important of linking classroom learning to real life experiences. I believe that it is critical for all of our students.
Here is a list of some of the benefits of internships for teens: (courtesy of http://eguides.teenlife.com/summer/articles/the-value-of-a-summer-internship-for-teens/)
- Connecting academics with real-world experience
- Developing up-to-date skills and marketability
- Identifying with a mentor
- Creating a personal portfolio of projects and work
- Increasing self-confidence
- Contributing to a business organization
- Building a professional network
- Enhancing future employment opportunities
For our final project, I suggested that we co-write a blog together. I thought it would be interesting and informative. The following text was written by my fabulous summer intern. What she produced is better than I could have expected and I am honored to have spent time sharing some of the knowledge that I have been storing in my brain. I am looking forward to watching this young woman continue to grow and thrive in a world that is ready for an increase in youthful energy and female leadership. I am smiling ear to ear as I reread the text…I promise I didn’t bribe her.
When I pictured my summer internship, I had an idea in my mind of what work I would be doing. I thought of the typical filing cabinets and coffee runs. But this was not the case.
My experience has provided much more than what I thought possible. I am astonished by how much I have learned in such a small amount of time. Additionally, I have a newfound excitement and eagerness to start learning about business in college.
I have learned so many different skills and lessons in such a short period of time: ranging from marketing tips to how to feel comfortable addressing a room of people. I have also discovered that it is all in the details. Every tiny aspect of an advertisement has been carefully crafted with the human brain in mind.
Being immersed in a marketing career has truly grown my enthusiasm for studying business in college. I had an interest in pursuing business in college and my internship not only solidified these feelings but also peeked them. I am not only excited to learn more about marketing, but other fields in business as well.
There are simply some lessons school cannot teach. An internship holds so much value as you apply your own skills and expand them, yet also absorb endless amounts of information applicable to school, work, and life.
Certain patterns emerged with each person Amber introduced me to. Each expressed that I was very fortunate to have Amber as a mentor and teacher. I could not agree more. I feel so fortunate to have had the chance to work and learn from her. She also has provided a great role model for me to emulate. So many of the characteristics and skills she has, I hope to develop too.
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