Libby and I met with Jeremy and Micah to discuss our internships and inquire about their experience so far. We decided to just meet up in person since ur internships are relatively close. It was very interesting to learn about what Jeremy and Micah are doing because it was so different to what my internship was.
Jeremy and Micah's Internship
WHO: eRehab LLC
WHAT: The company focuses on website design and SEO management for physical therapy companies.
WHY: They had connected with other seniors who had interned there last year and found that it would be a good fit for them and that they could learn a lot through the internship.
INTERNSHIP PROJECT: Both of them are working on data entry and managing the google business information of the companies different clients for their project, as well as the focus of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
FRUSTRATING: They find it frustrating that there isn't a lot of extremely interesting or thrilling work to do, and instead can become mundane and repetitive. It's work that is important to do, but not fun to do.
LEARNED SOMETHING NEW: They are learning how SEO is done and the process that the company follows. They are also learning about the small business environment and how the workplace around them functions.
SHARING TO JUNIORS: They would share how the internship teaches you about the small business environment and management. It's also very tedious and slow work, so you have to be ready to be bored and find the enjoyment in your work for yourself.
What are you learning about yourself as a worker in a professional environment?
I am learning a lot about myself and my habits as a worker in a professional environment. Mostly, I'm learning how to balance my personality and humor and the professional work environment. Since the work environment I'm in is professional and relaxed, it can be tricky to make sure I'm being respectful while also knowing the tone of professionalism that is carried through the office. I'm also learning that I have a harder time than I thought advocating for myself and speaking out first, even though I thought that was a reliable strength of mine. However, I think it's a good challenge for me to have because in college it will be crucial for me to be a self-advocate.
What are your strengths?
My strengths that have helped me in becoming the best intern I can be are being a quick learner, a good time manager, and being outgoing. Through these skills I have been able to balance the work load I have and practice new skills to make it even better. For example, the clone stamp is a technique on Photoshop I was previously unaware of, but once Tali showed me how to use it, I have been utilizing the tool to edit headshots and other content where it is needed. I think having the confidence and courage to ask questions and check in with others was at first scary for me, but is proving to be a strength as I continue to push past my comfort zone and communicate with those around me.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I really enjoy creating content I can be proud of and being around people who are like minded and simply good people. Doing the work is much easier when you enjoy working with the people there. I think I also love getting to be creative and doing hands on work instead of just staring at a screen all day. Of course, there is a lot of editing as well, but it's all part of the process.
What do you dislike about your work experience?
I dislike how repetitive it can get if I'm not excited about the work I'm doing. Routine is important to me, but going between shooting and editing over and over again can become mundane when it feels like the exact same process with no final payoff. However, it has a lot to do with the attitude that I confront the routine with, and on days when I'm more exhausted or preoccupied than usual, it can be difficult to commit to the work I'm doing.
What areas of your work do you want to continue to improve on?
I want to improve a lot more on my time management. I think I'm good at balancing my day and keeping aware of my workload, but I also struggle to dive into my work in the mornings when I arrive, and can spend more time than necessary perfecting a shot or edit when it was perfectly acceptable before. I want to be able to better manage the time I have when I'm here, and be eager to get as much quality work done as I can. More than anything, I want to balance quantity and quality.
How would you compare your current experience to last year's internship? What type of work are you doing that is similar or different from last year?
My experiences in the office are very similar to last year since I interned at Social Supply last year as well, except that there wasn't an awkward hump to get over and I'm much more outgoing with conversations and jokes. I'm still doing a lot of client focused work which makes sense because I would argue to say they're a client focused company, but this time I'm focusing completely on content creation instead of community and influencer outreach.
How is your experience shaping your thoughts about your future career path?
I really like what I'm doing, but I also think I would need some more variety when doing the work. I think it could be cool to have creative freedom and create for a brand that I personally connect with misson- and aesthetic- wise. I also would love to get out and do more product in environment shots and get into the field.
What are you doing/creating for your project?
My main project is creating a portfolio to showcase the work I'm doing in content creation with Tali for clients. So far, I have done multiple shoots for MANDA and one for kindhumans. I will also be assisting in a Created.Co shoot this week, and will be creating more content as well. I feel this project is helpful to the company because I get to help create content for clients which will offer more opportunities. It's even more helpful to me though because I am able to learn so many Photoshop and Lightroom editing techniques and begin to get an eye for design and client voice through their aesthetic.
What skills do you need in order for it to meet/exceed your mentor’s expectations?
For this portfolio to be beneficial to the company, I would need to have qualifiable photoshop skills and be able to make a photo look professional and clean. It is also important that I ask for help and advocate for myself when necessary because I don't know everything about Photoshop, and even by doing this in the past week of internship, I have understood more and been able to better create. I will also need to communicate and be open to feedback when looking at the content created, and detach from the personal connection to my work because as Tali said in the last blog, it is important to have the goal of the client in mind, instead of the goal of feeding your ego.
What support will you need and from whom?
I will need support in creating and editing from Tali. I would also like feedback and aesthetic description from not only Tali, but the account manager for that specific client. For example, I asked Reis for his perspective on MANDA and what they're all about to gain more insight on the client so I could make content that accurately depicts not only their content, but also their brand.
What strikes you most about your workplace?
I absolutely love the environment I get to work in. Since this is my second year interning at Social Supply Co, I am able to reconnect with those I worked with last year and don't have to move past any awkward stage since I already have adjusted to the work environment. I think this time what strikes me most is how some things haven't changed - the relaxed attitudes of my colleagues and the layout of the office - and some things have completely changed - my focus this time around is content creation instead of community outreach and there are now two adorable dogs in the office everyday.
What strikes you most about your colleagues?
The youth and authenticity of my colleagues makes going to internship exciting and fun. I don't feel like I have to be extremely proper or business-like, and although they are productive in their work, they still manage to create conversation and get a good laugh in. There's never an air of stress or tension in the room, and they work together as a team and connect like friends and not just professionals running through a business transaction with one another.
What strikes you most about the job you're doing?
Honestly, I would love content creation as a job because it doesn't even feel like a job. I get to be creative and innovative in designing flat lays and different product shots. When focusing on capturing and editing a product flat lay, the day goes by so quickly and I'm able to enjoy what I'm doing. I think the fact that I'm not dreading internship or my specific job everyday is a good sign.
What are you looking forward to during your internship?
I'm really looking forward to learning more and gaining skills in post production and design. I think I have amateur level knowledge for the photography process, and have definitely learned a lot over this past year, but I do believe that I could learn a lot more about Photoshop, Lightroom, and the design that goes behind creating successful and beautiful content for clients.
What wonderings do you have about your role and/or your workplace?
I would love to know what the business and transactional side looks like. I think I get a good view of the creative process, but don't get a complete look at the communication that must happen between Social Supply Co and the clients they work with. I would love to sit in on a meeting with one of their clients and see how the communication unfolds and what the meeting is focused on. I think the relationship between the client and the company is crucial to the success of the company, and I would love to see how that is successfully created.
Where are you going?
For internship, I will be going to Social Supply Company, a media management company based in Carlsbad, CA. This business works to analyze, create, and cultivate a productive and authentic social media presence for their clients. It's a small office space with approximately ten employees, which allows for a more social and community driven company that I get to be a part of.
Who is your mentor and what do they do?
My mentor is Reis Paluso. He is the co-founder of Social Supply Co, as well as the co-founder of MANDA organic skin care and co-founder of Our Breath Collective. He is a certified Wim Hof Method instructor as well and leads monthly workshops.
Describe your project and daily responsibilities.
My project is still in the works, but I will hopefully be focusing on content creation this year, as last year my main focus was towards outreach and profile upkeeping. I am hoping that I will be able to create multiple products for clients to use on their Instagram, Facebook, etc, and to create something (program, art, process) to make it easier and more enjoyable for the current employees to do their jobs.
What are you excited about learning during this internship experience?
I am very excited about learning more about the analytical process of their company, and to learn more about content creation and collaboration with clients. I am hoping to attend more client meetings if possible, and to get more of a glimpse into the relationship between the companies.