A Day in the Life of a Mayer Alloys Intern- Caitlin Quill

Caitlin was an intern with Mayer Alloys during the Fall 2017 MKT 393 class and continued her internship through the school year. They are now looking for an intern to start in Spring or Summer 2018! Apply now!

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What is it like to be a marketing intern at a metals company? Well from an intern at Mayer Alloys it can be quite different then working for some of your other marketing internships. Mayer Alloys is a Detroit based solder distributer who focuses on businesses to business solder sales, electronic recycling and metal scraping. Therefore I have to focus on business rather than individuals and the content that I put together is targeted towards other business. Mayer Alloys is a small business, we have about 10 employees but they do move a lot of business and outsource a lot of their distribution and marketing.

Some of my daily tasks include running the social media pages like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. I also write blogs posts discussing the solder and recycling industry in order to help drive traffic to our website and therefore help to create leads and educate our customers on any solder or recycling questions they might have. I help manage their contacts and deals through their CRM system; Hubspot. I do also sit in on meeting where we discuss a marketing planning, including SEO and how to enhance their website, like adding pillar pages and CTA’s. Here is an example of a CTA ad that I made and a blog post:

Example of a CTA ad that Intern Caitlin Quill made

Since Mayer Alloys is a small business I am having a very hands on role within the company. Because Mayer Alloys is small my role switches a lot from day to day depending on what needs to be done for the company. Although it is a lot of work I am learning so much and I believe I wouldn’t learn this much about marketing if I were at a large corporation. I can see the effect of everything I do and everything I post so it can be very rewarding. The metals industry is a very niche industry so there are always challenges trying to tap that market and figuring out what marketing techniques will reach our target audience.

Overall, being a marketing intern at a metals company is interesting and very hands on but a very rewarding experience. I have learned so much and I am more prepared for a job in the marketing world after I graduate!



A day in the Life of a Do312 Intern- Abbey Johnson

A day in the life at Do312 begins with knocking on the East Room window to get in; the company’s office is in the space below. Do312 is a media company that promotes music and night life in Chicago run by Scott Cramer, General Manager, Ami York, Accounts, Katie Karpowicz and Dan Opera, Content and Editorial, and Lorena Cupcake, Social Media and Marketing.  These people have interns, my position is a Social Media Marketing Intern. As you walk into the office you are greeted by Lorena and her Chihuahua named Fixie. Monday’s are hectic because there are a lot of people in the office and there are a lot of meetings. Once I find my spot to settle in for the day I set up my laptop and look at my tasks due for Asana. Asana is a program that helps us all organize our tasks, allows us to review content edits and acts as our calendar.

My tasks involve creating event pages and writing tweets and Facebook posts about upcoming concerts or giveaways. I also select images from our Flickr albums to use in content and on our Instagram page. I research logistics for parties we throw; one afternoon I was getting quotes on money blowing machines. Every day looks different here but every day we are listening to good music and drinking La Croix. This internship has taught me how important social media is to a company’s growth. When we look back at engagement we see what our user base responds to (cute pictures of animals, Lollapalooza giveaways and the Pitchfork lineup). I am learning that media is one of the most important aspects of marketing. This internship has taught me a lot about Chicago as well. I am constantly having to research some of the best places to eat, drink and have fun and because of this I have discovered a lot more about the city. My favorite part of interning is working the events, I tie-dyed t-shirts, took tickets at a concert, and worked their “birthday party”.  This internship has increased my connections with people and has given me a better idea about what goes into marketing.







A Day in the Life of a TransparentCareer Intern- Hauk Nelson

Hi! My name is Hauk, and I am a marketing associate at TransparentCareer, a career services startup in Chicago. Welcome to “A Day in the Life of a Marketing Intern.” I’m one of seven people working in the office, including two other interns.

Coincidentally, my main job at TransparentCareer revolves around content creation and user engagement, including writing for our blog, so I’m happy to write a post for our marketing class as well!

My job is to keep our users coming back and checking our site often. The more people we have actively using the site, the more chances we have to connect with customers. Our primary audience is MBA students. I’ve been working here since November, and we as a company have gone through a lot of strategic changes in how to best keep engaged with our community, and a few months ago we decided that the best way to keep TransparentCareer in our users’ minds was to send a weekly newsletter, filled with content that we also create.

It’s Tuesday, it’s 9 am, and it’s time to get to work. Our newsletter goes out at 2 pm every Tuesday, so it’s my responsibility to get everything ready. I finished writing our content last week, so the next step is to schedule the newsletter to be sent out through MailChimp. 

I segment the newsletter to be sent out to different demographics, which we’ve decided to change based on the audience’s class year, sending a separate email (same content, different copy) to the Class of 2018, Class of 2019, and MBA graduates. I write a subject line pertinent to the content, design the email to look pretty, and schedule for 2 pm.

You can get a look at the opener above, but to see the rest of the content, you’ll have to sign up for TransparentCareer!

Lunch time! We head out as a team to celebrate our lead developer’s birthday. Happy birthday Neel!

The rest of the day is spent planning the content for the next week, digging for data to use via Chartio, and then, once I finish writing the article, uploading the content to WordPress and making sure it looks good for next week’s newsletter!