How Interns Learn to Cope at TTP
I spent this summer working as an intern at Turn The Page Online Marketing. I worked as a team coordinator for 40 hours a week before heading to my second job in the evenings at a golf course. I knew it would be a challenge, but it proved to be extremely rewarding.
First of all, I need to thank everyone here at TTP for their help and support. No matter how many questions and problems I had, they were there to troubleshoot with me. Granted, the age jokes got old after a while (no pun intended), but I still appreciated the company’s friendly hospitality.
Second, my team was the best. Melissa, my manager, is stellar at her job. I genuinely loved working under her leadership. The table I was located at for the majority of my TTP stay was home to Adriana, Katie, Carlee, and myself. Adriana, who will now be staying as an employee, and Katie were my fellow interns. I’m thankful to the whole group for putting up with me and occasionally laughing at my jokes. Hopefully, I didn’t get under their skin too much. And, I must add, our team meetings rocked.
Third, I learned so much at Turn The Page. This is my first time working in this type of a professional environment, and I learned a lot about company structure, teamwork and organization. I also discovered some of the secrets behind SEO, SMO, SEM and whatever other acronyms you can think of. I wouldn’t say I’m a pro at marketing yet, but my knowledge in the subject has skyrocketed. I want to mention Tyler quickly: he trained me in a lot of what I learned and saw that I got through the summer (and we shared quite a few laughs and memories). I’m grateful for everything I have learned while working here at TTP and hope to keep developing my marketing skills in the future, both online and offline.
Advice to Interns
1) Never kill the Joe and forget to make mo’. TTP employees take this rule very seriously. While I don’t drink much coffee, I did sit nearest to the pot and witnessed quite a few livid reactions to it being empty.
2) Find a good chair, or your back will die. If there is not one provided, go buy one. Online marketing doesn’t involve much movement, so your body gets rigid and ill-tempered after sitting for hours at a time.
3) Your music is not always appreciated. If you play your music for everyone to hear, chances are someone will be yelling.
4) Be prepared to take on more work than what you were hired for. At growing companies, the extra work piles up. If you are an able-minded person, work will be delegated to you.
5) Have fun! Internships can be a blast as long as you try to make it enjoyable. So talk to people, make friends, network and enjoy your stay.
6) Pranks will happen. You will prank, see pranks and be pranked. Just go with it. And if you are under 20, jokes, comments, statements, references and snide remarks will be made about your age. So be expecting it; the old folks just can’t help themselves.
Here’s one last thank you to all of you Page Turners. You are an awesome group of people, and it was marvelous getting to be involved in the TTP culture for a summer. I will be leaving this week and beginning my college journey at Drake University soon. So here’s to a great last week! Friday will be my parting time with summer, my last good-bye to Turn The Page, and my first hello to a new season in life.