A Day in the Life of a Signature Branding Intern- Stephanie Cucinella

16Signature Branding is a high-end merchandising solutions company for artists, musicians and music festivals. They focus on delivering product that has high quality material and visual art that captures the client’s vision, while offering better revenue generation opportunities for the clients. They carry a competitive advantage from creating product from low cost strategies but consistently delivering the best possible solutions. The company believes that when fans have better merchandise from artists, more sincere and long term relationships are built with the artists.

As social media marketing intern at Signature Branding I have the responsibility to create original posts on all social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, analyze the engagement and sales that correlate with posts that I create promoting the product.

Additionally, I audit social media pages for clients, competitor’s companies, festivals, artists and musicians that the company would like to work with in the future. I interact on those pages and share the page’s content to create engagement. One of the most important day-to-day tasks for the social media marketing intern is to keep up with current trends, lineup releases, new art, and new songs from musicians. When everything can be connected, it is easier to tag the pages in a post drawing more attention from outsiders and people who do not “Like” Signature Brandings page, but like pages that Signature Branding has interacted with.

15This post was on Signature Brandings page, it shared another company’s article off their Facebook page that discussed a music festival and musicians that Signature Branding would like to work with in the future. On Signature Branding’s post I was able to tag that music festival and artist from the article, and connect them to our current client’s music festival where the same artist played at in 2016, bringing together our current clients and future clients while also still promoting our brand. Being aware of these connections helps Signature Brandings page become more exposed to different audiences within similar demographics. It is a way of online cross-promotion.

I also have been getting more involved in photoshoots, collection releases and information about upcoming projects. The more involvement I have in these internal projects, I am able to communicate about these upcoming releases on social media. The more that is communicated about the company on social media platforms, we are able to build more relationships with customers, clients and clients fans. For example, Signature Branding is releasing “collection one” at an event the company organized. The event includes a panel of Chicago natives that work in the streetwear, art, fashion and music industries and will discuss the intersection between music, art and fashion. Leading up to the event, I have created posts that talk about the panelists and focused on individual talents each panelist has, then connected it to their relationship with Signature Branding.

14           I enjoy everything I do at Signature Branding. I am interested in the music, fashion and art industry and enjoy exploring new music, artists and festivals. This intern ship is helping me network and broaden my knowledge about music, genres, artists and festivals. I am learning about companies, brands, artists, and musicians all over the United States I have never heard of. I have freedom to engage and interact with companies, musicians, artists and festivals I enjoy while also promoting Signature Brandings products. One thing I love about Signature Branding is the sincerity, determination and creative design behind every product. I have stickers, prints and clothing from Signature Branding that I love, not only do I get to learn about all these people and companies in the industry, I get to promote a product I sincerely love.

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Being A Marketing Intern for MK Zubes- Allison Murphy

The company I work for is MK Zubes. It is an online women’s clothing company that specializes in modest clothing for Muslim women. The company wants to provide these women with fashionable choices for dressing modestly. Though mainly targeted to Muslim women, the clothing is on trend and fashionable and can therefore be worn and appreciated by any woman. The store operates mainly online, but throughout the year puts up booths at fairs and events to
increase sales and grow its customer base.

16I am a digital marketing intern. This means that I help with the company’s social media and online presence. I work with the analytics of the social media accounts and website (checking how many page visitors an Instagram post brings in, and if a promotion posted on social media brings in sales). I also help photograph products for social media posts and create graphic images to announce sales and convey the company’s message. Lastly, I help organize the company’s website, and also work to make banner images for the homepage and product images and details.

Most of my work is done remotely. I am given product to photograph by my boss and must send them to her to be approved. She also sends me messages asking to make graphic images to post on social media or resize and edit images to make them into banners. I have access to the back end of the site, allowing me to see what Instagram posts work to bring in customers to the site. I meet with my boss once a week to plan out the weeks marketing plan and to make sure we are on the same page and are on track. My boss often uses this time to tell me what work of mine she likes and doesn’t like, allowing me to make changes and improve.

15The company is small, only including 15 employees in total. Though many employees live in the Chicago area, some live in other parts of the country and therefore most communication is done online. Once a week, the marketing team holds a Google hangout so that we can all talk about the projects we are working on and what needs to be done. Communication with other teams is typically done through Slack. The small size of the company makes communicating much easier than if this were a company with many employees.

This internship has been a great experience for me overall. I have come to find that I want to peruse a more creative aspect of marketing. This internship allows me to do just that. I have the opportunity to work with both analytics and design, which is an experience I do not think I would get at another company. Furthermore, I am interested in fashion and style so I enjoy working for a clothing company.

14Another main reason why I like working for this company and why I have had such a positive experience is because I work for and with wonderful people. I work with powerful, hardworking women who are consistently inspiring me and empowering me to work harder every day.

A Day in the Life of a GYMGUYZ Intern- Jessica Genovese

I work for a company called GYMGUYZ. We are the leader’s in-Home Personal Training, and are committed to enhancing and changing the overall health and fitness of individuals worldwide. GYMGUYZ was founded in 2008 by Josh York, and the company had an immediate kick-off. To date, there are over 100 GYMGUYZ franchises in over 15 states, and we are currently working on opening a franchise in the U.K.

20While in the office, I search for different marketing events that we can display a booth at. I have to make sure that the events are affordable, realistic for us, and will be heavily populated. Negotiating booth pricing is also an important task, since our marketing budget is extremely low. Once my marketing events are booked, I go and attend these events with the goal of obtaining contact information from interested leads. After the marketing events, I call all of the leads and try to book them for our free assessment. Along with marketing events, I attend various amounts of Networking Events to try and build relationships with businesses. Once there is a relationship, I book a meeting to try and sell our Corporate Wellness Programs to their company.

I have learned a lot working here. I have learned how to create email campaigns, and how to tell which are successful or not. I have learned and became extremely comfortable with networking, and using networking to expand our business. My telemarketing skills have also improved with the high number of phone calls I conduct each week. Most of all, I have learned that “Success isn’t given, It’s Earned”. Working here and starting up a brand new company has taught me how difficult it is just to break even every month. I have taken into consideration how strategic you must be to earn business, and most importantly, retain business. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be able to lead a marketing team, and to learn the process of starting up a brand new company.

A Day in the Life of a Sales and Guest Service Intern at Entertainment Cruises- Christine Jengwa

Chicago is known for its beautiful skyline with tall buildings. Being a student in business, I always wanted to work in one of the “tall buildings”. I am fortunate enough to be able to walk into the NBC Tower every day for my internship (pictured on the right).

17Being a Sales and Guest Service Intern at Entertainment Cruises has taught me a lot about human interactions. Day in and day out I am on the phone helping guests create unforgettable memories on our lunch, dinner, and excursion cruises. I deal with a large variety of phone calls. Anything as small as what shoes am I allowed to wear on the cruise from something as big as planning an engagement on the cruise.

Being the romantic loving, sappy girl I am, helping a nervous man organize his reservation for the big proposal is extremely exciting. Every day I not only get to do my job of serving guests and creating reservations for them, I also get to hear their stories. Hearing about guests who went on our cruises years ago and are now returning with their daughters and sons are what makes this job easy to go to each and every day.

There are about 5,000 employees in our company, yet I feel like they are always catering to each and every one of us as if there were only ten. Being an intern, I am fortunate enough to be able to jump onto projects to better improve our company. The latest project I got to be a part of was analyzing the calls from our new line of excursion cruises and tailoring our website to better serve these guests.

18As my time at Entertainment Cruises is about to wrap up, I reflect on the transferable skills that I have gained for future opportunities. I got the chance to work directly with our guests and truly understand how to tailor to their needs. Being on the phone for eight hours a day can be draining, but here at Entertainment Cruises it truly teaches you what the consumers are thinking. Consumers are what drives companies. Getting the hands on experience of guest service is something I will bring with me to my future career.

I have a few weeks left here at the NBC Tower for Entertainment Cruises. This internship has taught me valuable people skills and I have enjoyed my time here. I have a few free cruises to enjoy, as a perk of working at this company. I am excited to get to enjoy them in these next weeks (on the ship pictured above). There is one large thing I hope to fulfill before my time is done. I hope to run into Steve Harvey at the NBC Tower. I have been preparing my elevator speech for this single moment.

Let’s Dissect the Intern

Let’s think1 of it as the best game of Operation: I do not buzz, except for when the phone rings nor I do not have plastic pieces that need to be taken out of my body. Although, every part of me is essential to being the Marketing Communications Intern in the DePaul Community and Government Relations Office. I will work from the bottom up, and as I get closer to the top the more you will know about the life of an intern.

Feet and legs, they go together naturally. Without these how do I get to work? I walk in through the revolving door, step onto the elevator and rise to the 19th floor. I walk into our office of six, sometimes seven, and take a seat to get right to work. These feet and legs have dashed to make copies, stood up to greet guests, crossed to take on an important meeting, and leaped to shake President Obama’s hand. Yes, my feet and legs needed to move to be the intern.3

Hands and arms, similar to feet and legs, yet even more involved. They type away on the keyboard when fact checking, editing websites, designing graphics, pressing send on emails, and compiling data. These hands also write newsletters, put together meeting folders, prepare for research initiatives, shake hands with public figures, and wave hello and see you tomorrow each day.

Mouth, it is necessary to communicate when being an intern. I say hello when I enter the office, I answer phones, I talk with community members, I converse with consular generals, and I check in with my other fellow intern. There are two of us and we cannot do our jobs without consistent communication. We work together and need to know what the other is working on in order to accomplish all we do. We work in tandem, and communication is key to making our office run as smoothly as it does.

Eyes and ears, I see and listen to a lot as an intern. I see spreadsheets, I look at reports, I review articles, and I make eye contact when communicating face to face with coworkers, community members, and public figures. These ears hear conversations, listen to important speeches, understand new concepts, and listen to feedback. These eyes get tired on occasion, and sometimes strained from looking at a computer screen, yet these eyes also get to see a President make his first speech back form vacation, see a project come to life in a community wide event, get to see and listen to people come together to help the entire city understand violence and come up with solutions towards improvement. These eyes and ears see and hear a lot, and are essential to never miss a beat.

2Heart, probably the most important part of being an intern is being passionate about the work I do each day, which comes from this beating organ in the middle of my chest. I am passionate about helping others, I am inspired when I hear motivational speakers, and I am driven when I research a cause reach out to. Passion is something I need to find in everything I do in order to have meaning and fulfillment in each endeavor I take pursue. All these experiences drive my passion to do what must be done as an intern.