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Tips on How to Be a Successful Intern

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Internships can make or break. Through internships, you can learn exactly what it is you want to do. Whether they are paid for or not can add to the stress of a college student. But as an intern, you can learn so much and even get hired where you’re interning at! Here are a few tips on how to stand out as an intern:

Engage With Your Team

Be involved with the people you’re interning with! The people you’re interning with have the potential to become your official coworkers. Get to know who they are and what they’re like. It’s always important to build close relationships with your fellow interns and mentors. Do you see a fellow intern struggling with something you know how to do? Help them out. Build that friendship up and help them succeed.

Always Be Ready to Learn, Don’t Be a Coffee Runner

Within the intern workplace, there will always be opportunities to learn. Ask your mentors if there are any tasks that you could help with. Don’t know how to do a task? Just go ahead and ask! Looking for new opportunities shows your mentors that you’re ready and willing to do more work. Someone that doesn’t take opportunities to learn ends up becoming what is known as a “coffee runner”.  Coffee runners are those that never take the time to learn new work and end up becoming people that are taking coffee to others. 

Be Hands-On, Don’t Be a Floater

Following up from the prior tip, be hands-on! Don’t just sit back and watch your mentors. Try to mimic what they’re teaching you as they are teaching you. Floaters just sit back and watch their mentors work. By doing this, they’ll think you’re lazy and just want the bare minimum experience. Be the one that works beside them on projects. They will notice that you’re working hard and will take note when it comes time to decide who gets hired on!

These are just a few tips on how to stand out as an intern. These tips were provided by those that had originally started out as interns. But by working hard, they were able to stand out among the rest of their fellow interns and get hired onto the company they were interning for! By following these tips and many others, you can get the best out of your internship and make a few friends along the way. 

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How to Rewire Stress Into Positive Thinking

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Stress is often associated with a negative connotation. Just the idea of it scares us. Especially in the business world. Business meetings, weekly reports, and late nights in the office are things that factor into stress. But what if I told you that turning stress from a negative into a positive is just as easy as rethinking it? 

In a study published by the University of Harvard, you find out that the key to empowering stress isn’t from running away from it, but embracing it. Stress affects us physiologically and psychologically. Our bodies tense up and we’re filled with anxiety. By taking a step back and rethinking our stress, we can use it to fuel us in the business world.

Some tips are written in Kelly McGonigal’s book titled The Upside of Stress. Here are a few tips:

  • Is your heart beating faster due to the anxiety of a business meeting? Realize that your body is giving you more energy to perform and try to capitalize upon that.
  • If feeling nervous, pause and consider why, and ask yourself if it’s because you’re doing something that matters to you. In doing so, it’ll reinforce your values and give you meaning in life.
  • Don’t deny the stress, embrace it and use it to fuel the task at hand.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed with work, consider doing a small act of kindness for someone and note the mental reward you reap.
  • When experiencing stress, our body releases oxytocin. Oxytocin, otherwise known as the cuddle hormone causes us to seek out social support in friends and loved ones. Find social support and seek out others. 
  • Lastly, denying stress causes isolation. Isolation causes the reinforcement of fears. Instead, ask yourself why you’re experiencing stress and look for any positive aspects to it. Are you learning something from it? Are you gaining strength? Do you feel more alive?  

These are just some of what McGonigal listed in her book. Of course with any habit, it takes a while to change. But over time, you can turn stress from a negative experience, into a transformative one.

Empowering BRJ Women Rise Above

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Marketing is known to be the preferred occupation of many aspiring businesswomen. The attraction stems farther than traditional perceptions as strong quantitative skills, good education and a strong role model can help convert the attraction into professional success. 

Big Red Jelly prides themselves in having a female dominant staff, and we had the opportunity to interview these successful women about the industry. 

Kat, Digital Media Intern

Although marketing contains many dimensions, the use of creativity and vision is what draws many people in as you are able to turn your own ideas into professional work. Kat, a Digital Media Intern spoke on what got her into marketing saying, “I have always had a creative mindset, and in marketing, I am able to think differently pool resources and network with different types of people.”

She expanded and said that marketing has pushed her to think outside of her own mindset and gain skills she can use for the rest of her life. The interactive spirit is alive in marketing, you enjoy understanding people and their needs. Women are known to excel in collaboration and pulling together integrated marketing is real art. 

 

Nicole, the Director of Online Advertising and Client Happiness

Digital marketing is ever present being that our world runs off technology and if you want to stay competitive and relevant, you have to implement some form in your business. 

Nicole, the Director of Online Advertising and Client Happiness expressed her thoughts on digital marketing saying, “It is here to stay, I enjoy social media and I have always been intrigued by the ads I was seeing on social media.” 

She is now able to physically make things that are visually captivating for clients and stresses that if you see something that is not visually pleasing, people won’t click on it.

 

MK, the Director of Photo & Video and Jellylicious Culture

We live in a world where the business working population is predominantly male, and with that, there can come challenges women have to face. It’s important to note that more than half of Forbes’ 50 most influential CMOs of 2018 are women, showing that at the end of the day, women overcome the adversity. 

MK, the Director of Photo & Video and Jellylicious Culture spoke on how she has remained focused on her goal of working in digital media by “Thinking about how everyone in the workplace is equal and seeing the good in her co-workers.”

She has enjoyed taking a step back and looking at all the women she works with and seeing all the different skills and personalities she has the opportunity to work with.

Makayla, the Director of SEO, Email Marketing, Blogging and Reports

It can be easy to get discouraged, for instance, when your professors only use he/him pronouns, but if you remember to stay focused on your work, you only come out stronger. Our society is changing and paying more attention to women’s roles, so the future is bright. 

Makayla, the Director of SEO, Email Marketing, Blogging, and Reports said, “A big challenge is getting your voice heard and people respecting and validating what you say.” She finds it important to always have confidence in your ability and show that you belong in this field. 

 

 

 

Emmy, Digital Media Intern

Although having an education can be helpful, having good role models can make a world of a difference in the marketing field. 

Emmy, a Digital Media Intern, thought about what advice she would give to a young lady who is looking to get into professional marketing and said, “you have to look at what you value and be able to take your hard skills and compliment them to your soft skills.” She saw marketing as a path for her to be a leader as she is able to bring her hard technical skill and aesthetic ability in photography together. 

 

 

 

Sierra, the Director of Social Media and Design

There are many experiences you can become involved in to further your career in marketing and become a better marketer. Sierra, the Director of Social Media and Design recommends that you do as many internships as possible because it can lead to what you really love to do. She said, “get marketing experience now by working in customer service, so you are able to understand people better and how to work with others”. 

Women who are in the marketing field are driven and work hard to constantly perfect their skill. Women supporting other women to succeed in marketing is very prominent and the reason why so many advances in their career. We need to remind women everywhere that we are capable of working in a competitive environment and have to ability to reach consumers in a meaningful way.