A Day in The Life of a Consolidated Concepts Intern- Torey Gostek

Diving into the professional work environment, you must start somewhere. Although I’ve had previous exposure to the marketing industry working for another company independently, I’ve never worked in a professional office setting on a team, as a Sales and Marketing Analyst Intern.  The company I’m interning for is called Consolidated Concepts. It is part of a family of companies, under the name “Emerging,” that elevate restaurant and entertainment concepts to be among the top in the industry. Although I help all four companies under Emerging, I spend most of my time working for Consolidated Concepts, which optimizes supply chain for restaurants across the nation. The company employs around 100 people altogether but the office in Chicago, being very small, has only 20.

5A lot of my time involves researching new restaurant chains in which our supply chain optimization can be implemented. While searching for leads, I can be creative. Aside from looking in our data bases, there are numerous news sites or blogs that mention chains that align with our lead qualification criteria. We also discovered that we can get leads through alert messages which warns us of restaurant chains that are emerging, growing, merging, etc. Utilizing these alerts, has allowed us to place the ones that meet our criteria into a trigger-event campaign. This essentially means placing the customer into a specific email workflow, depending on whether they are a client or potential client. We use Marketo as the marketing automation software which helps send these email-triggered-events and it creates the workflows to engage customers and prospects. The process is efficient because it reaches over 200 leads every couple of weeks with one click of a button, while rest of the process is automated until a lead becomes qualified. Then, it’s up to the Sales Representative to take that qualified lead.

I’m working on another major project directly with the President of Emerging. We are putting together a blog that educates and inspires restaurant operators and C-Level Executives in areas such as real estate, data intelligence, cost reduction, and beverage education. The goal of this blog is not only to become the leader in educating emerging restaurants, but to gain more leads and obviously boost business. Along with writing white papers for the blog and interviewing c-level executives, I am learning about the marketing automation process for blogs as well. We are using HubSpot as our blogging platform. HubSpot is an inbound marketing and sales software that helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close business. I can’t wait to see what new business our blog brings in.

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A Day in the Life of the Global Machine Parts Intern- Victoria Michael

victoria 3This Summer I am working as a Marketing Intern for Global Machine Parts. Global Machine Parts is an online B2B parts company who acts as an industrial supplier for various companies involved in manufacturing using CNC machines. We are different from the competition in that we function almost completely online, whereas our competitors use sales representatives as a middleman for their operations. Global Machine Parts is made up of four people, myself included, so we are a rather small operation. However our parent company, JTEKT, has an operation of about 200 employees in the United States.

As the Marketing Intern I am responsible for supplying marketing information to our customer base. My main objective is to construct a weekly email newsletter that goes out to about 7,000 customers. To do this, I use Vertical Response (a newsletter generator) to format content and research to create it. I also use various forms of social media, such as Twitter and LinkedIn, to connect with our customers. It is also required of me to obtain new leads and emails in order to grow our customer base, and in the last year I have grown our list about 250%.

Victoria works for a B2B manufacturer called Global Machine Parts

Victoria works for a B2B manufacturer called Global Machine Parts

Right now I am also responsible for preparing for IMTS, or the International Machine Tool Show, in Chicago the second week of September. I am required to put together various promotional materials as well as inform and invite clients and new leads to the show. This show is held at McCormick place and is a huge opportunity for Global Machine Parts to make sales and obtain new customers.

This internship has been a great experience for me. First, it provides me a great opportunity to use the knowledge I have gained from DePaul to implement a marketing plan in a real life situation. The company has no other person dedicated to marketing, so I have not only creative liberty but the opportunity to think and come up with new ideas rather than just do whatever someone tells me to do. Also, all my prior experience has been in the consumer market. This job has given me the opportunity to learn about a sector of the market that many other students do not. Also, this company is great because we have the funding/budget of a large company (JTEKT, aforementioned above) with the opportunity to make a big difference as one person on a very small team. I would highly recommend that others seek out a similar internship because it has afforded me experiences I don’t think I could have gotten in a different market.

Global Machine Parts where Victoria Michael works

Global Machine Parts where Victoria Michael works

The Lynn Hazan & Associates Intern- Mikaela Odell

Lynn Hazan

Hi. I am a marketing student at DePaul University. I currently intern at Lynn Hazan and Associates, which is a marketing and communication recruiting firm. We help companies find top candidates. Our clients contact us and give information about their job openings. We listen to their requirements and create the job specs. I often assist in this process. I post the job specs to LH&A website so job seekers can see what different jobs are available. It is important to spread the new job openings. We always post them on LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media sites. This is something I have done various times.

LH&A has many clients and therefore many top candidates to find. We talk to many potential employees. We interview and send the top ones to the actual company. I have been able to sit in on one interview so far. It is a great opportunity to learn what companies are looking. I also get a chance to debrief with my boss. We review what the candidate did well, and not so well. This gives me a change to critically analyze and therefore understand

how a great interview looks like.

One activity that I often do at the office is researching potential candidates and companies. LinkedIn is a great tool for this. I go through LinkedIn profiles and try to find a match of credentials that fits the job specs. I also research various groups on LinkedIn and post jobs when appropriate. Last week I wrote a transcript for a reference check on one of our potential candidates. I also assisted in creating a video about our company, plus the current job openings we have. I provided my boss with feedback on her dialogue and body language. I also assisted with the recording.

Pictured is Lynn Hazan, Mikaela's boss at LH&A, and founder of the company. She is also a board member of the DePaul Marketing Advisory Council.

Pictured is Lynn Hazan, Mikaela’s boss at LH&A, and founder of the company. She is also a board member of the DePaul Marketing Advisory Council.

LH&A is a small company with the owner, and one other person working there. What makes the company exciting is that they always work with interns. We are currently four interns at LH&A. We are going to create a humorous YouTube video together. The video will showcase what to do, and what not to do, at an interview. We are also going to explain what an interviewer can do, and cannot do. This project is going to be very exciting. This is only one example of how Lynn Hazan, the owner of LH&A, gets her interns motivated and educated. Another example is that we eat lunch together every day. Lynn always has a fun an educational activity planned. She really cares about her interns and makes sure we grow and learn.          Yesterday I received a new project that I will be working on. I am going to create a PowerPoint presentation.  Lynn is going to present it at an Independent Writers of Chicago event this summer. Lynn often attends events and I have gone to three different ones. The events are filled with influential professionals.  Today we attended a Business Marketing Association event. I helped with the set up and then ate lunch with the attendees. Helen McIntoch, global director of marketing and communication at Ingredion, was the guest speaker. She spoke about the marketing efforts behind Ingredion’s big brand change.  These events are insightful and I get to see how companies use marketing to become successful.

Being an intern at LH&A is great because it prepares me and teaches me about the job search process. I am also learning how to interview and how to stand out from the competition. My writing and researching skills are improving as well. Overall, LH&A is a great place to intern at. Here is the link to our website: http://www.lhazan.com/content/index.php. Check it out.

The RCM Asset Management Intern- Stephanie Gilmore

RCM Asset Management

RCM Asset Management

Marketing is something that has always interested me and I was working at a job that was vaguely related to marketing for a few years but it definitely was not something that interested me in the long-term. When I started my job hunt, I was pleasantly surprised when I came across a Marketing Internship at RCM Asset Management. While I did apply to and speak with other companies RCM really stood out to me. The job description and the atmosphere at RCM sold me on their internship. For so many years, there were many different facets of marketing that interested me but I never had the chance to really get my feet wet and RCM gave me the opportunity to try out many different aspects of marketing. I was impressed by the variety of projects I would be working on.

My first day on the job was a little bit of a culture shock for me (in a good way), coming from a large media company and switching to a small financial services company. All of my colleagues were very friendly and I felt comfortable right away. My first project was to work on the intranet (internal portal) and in order to do so I had to interview all of my colleagues and find out about what the type of work they did and what their backgrounds were. I enjoyed doing this because it was it was a great way for me to find out more about my coworkers and how the company operates.

The thing that surprised me most about the Marketing Intern role at RCM Asset Management is the amount of autonomy I have been given. My boss is extremely intelligent and passionate about the company and she allows me to be as creative as I want to be and is always open to new ideas. She definitely is not a micromanager and that is refreshing. It is amazing to have the opportunity to collaborate with her.

My daily tasks include working on different marketing initiatives- whether that is writing internal and external marketing communications, making changes to the company website, posting to social media or brainstorming ways that we can better engage our clients. It is exciting to work for a financial services company because the company is targeting a very specific client and therefore, we have to find creative and innovative ways to connect with them. Another interesting part of this internship is finding ways to differentiate the company from the competition and communicating our competitive advantage. It has been intriguing meeting with different people in the company and public relations and marketing companies and hearing their perspective and learning about how different companies are communicating with their clients.

Overall, deciding to take advantage of this Marketing Internship opportunity at RCM Asset Management has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I feel like I am learning so much every day on the job and I am getting a lot out of it. It has also surprised me how much this internship and my classes complement each other. It is amazing to work somewhere where I am excited to go to work each day. I would definitely recommend looking into an internship opportunity to anyone who is looking to make a career transition.