The alarm clock goes off, I get dressed for my internship, take the train into the Loop, pick up my morning Starbucks, and walk through the gold-lined revolving doors of the Chicago Tribune’s Tribune Tower, a stone building dating back to 1925. After scanning my security badge at the front desk, I take the stairs up to the second floor and walk down the hallway to sit at my desk, joining the rest of the marketing team. The first thing I always see when I walk to my desk is my nameplate,
“Fernando Martinez, Advertiser Marketing Intern.”
In a normal day, a typical advertiser marketing intern such as myself can go to one or more meetings, use a few different syndicated data tools, and even have some creative fun with putting together some ad sell sheets. Every day different members of the team go into meetings with clients that are small to medium size business owners, and sales team representatives. Interns get asked to sit in on them to find out more about the needs of clients who want to advertise with publications of the Chicago Tribune, and getting the chance to ask the clients questions that could help with their solutions. Once all the right information is collected, you will use several different tools to pull syndicated data.
Such data can range from the population of a certain radius in the city to demographic information down to the finest specification. The amount of data that can be pulled is huge, and it never ceases to amaze me how specific I can get. One of the fun parts of my internship comes from creating the sell sheets that the sales reps can take back to the clients, which will ultimately seal the deal with the client. The sales rep may have done a great job selling the goods to the client, but it’s up to the advertiser marketing team member to pull the right data and tell the story in a way that would compel the client to advertise in the Chicago Tribune.
Chicago Tribune, a division of Tribune Media Group, ranked eighth largest newspaper in the country by daily circulation, and owners of several radio and TV stations, along with other newspaper such as the Los Angeles Times. Currently the Tribune Media Group is in charge of the advertiser marketing needs for twenty-five different publications, gaining an annual revenue ranging from five to thirteen million dollars. The immediate team itself consists of another intern, ten full-time employees, and myself.
Anyone who asks me how I like my internship, I answer the same way; “I love it.” At first I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I applied to it, but after being there for a while and getting the hang of things, I really enjoy what I’m doing. I get to learn so many aspects of marketing every day. I’ve learned things that range from using technical computer programs to pull large amounts of data on just about anything, to learning how to effectively tell a story using that same information. Every day I feel like I learn at least one thing that I never knew before, and probably wouldn’t have learned it had I never got an internship with the Chicago Tribune’s Tribune Media Group.