Just like so many other college students, I spent my spring semester and early summer applying and interviewing for every relevant internship I could find. The second I interviewed at eImagine I knew that if I got an offer, this is where I wanted to work. Every college student wants an internship that gives them relevant experience, builds their resume, pays well, and is located relatively close to where they’d be staying for the summer. For me, eImagine was the perfect fit for all of this and so much more.
From day one I jumped straight into work. I wasn’t fetching coffee, sitting by while someone else was working so I could “learn,” and I wasn’t just doing things that no one else wanted to do. I was going to meetings, making great networking connections, helping with proposals, planning seminars, and trying to develop a marketing and sales plan for the company. I wasn’t the one just taking notes; I was actively taking part in the work that was being done. Three days into my internship I remember thinking… I didn’t think I’d get this kind of experience at an internship for an entire summer, and here, I got it in my first few days.
During my first six weeks here I’ve had the opportunity to…
- help plan, manage, and write a proposal for the Indiana Department of Education
- attend a presentation from The Mind Trust to learn about Education Reform Initiatives
- hear award winning speaker and author, John Jantsch, who wrote “Duct Tape Marketing” and “The Referral Engine,” speak on the value and importance of having a referral engine and what it can do for your company
- take part in brainstorming and planning for the Indiana chapter of IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Certified Professionals)
- research and develop a recruiting strategy for eImagine
- help the company’s marketing and social media efforts while developing a plan for the direction of these things
It’s been a whirlwind of opportunities and experiences and everyone at eImagine has helped me acclimate extremely well. All the employees here were quick to treat me as part of the team. They helped, and are still helping, me learn all the development and software “lingo” (I had no idea what the differences between platforms, interfaces, and frameworks were) and made me feel like they trusted me to work on important tasks. As a college student I feel that my expectations for experience at an internship were low, and my expectations for actually liking what I was doing were even lower. I couldn’t have possibly been more wrong. If today was my last day, I could leave with more experience than I could have imagined, a list of books I need to read that’s too long to cover in one summer, and the ability to say that I truly enjoyed every second of my internship. I just keep thinking and so glad to say that I am only halfway through my internship and I am excited to see what I will be able to work on next.