My name is Stephanie Wenger and for the Spring 2020 semester I have been the Marketing Intern for the Department of Housing and Residential Programs. Throughout my internship I have learned a lot of valuable information about content marketing, writing professionally, and using social media for a business. Before taking this internship I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after I graduated, but now I have learned that I want continue writing professionally and get more into content marketing.
What did you learn about marketing and blogging?
As an English BA major I have written a lot of papers over the years. I have always enjoyed writing and this internship allowed me to have a job where I got to do what I love. The type of writing a person does professionally is different than writing papers for a class. I had to learn how to write for a business’s blog in a way that drew more people in. Another writing skill I learned was how to write more efficiently. For papers I always had to write more and give more information. This internship has taught me how to get my point across with fewer words.
Since I am not a marketing major I had to learn how to use social media as a marketing tool. I have my own personal social media accounts, but I had to learn how to run a business’s account. It was difficult, but I have learned so much about the marketing world and how social media fits into it.
What did you learn about yourself?
Like I stated above I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after I graduate. I knew I wanted to do something that I loved, but I wasn’t sure what that was yet. Working as a Marketing Intern and writing for the Housing and Residential Programs’s blog has helped me realize that I love to write. I really enjoyed writing for the blog and creating the banners for them. I would love to do a job like this after graduating.
What is your favorite blog post that you wrote?
It is hard to narrow down my favorites because I enjoyed writing all of them. I would have to say that my favorites were the series I did on some of the different clubs on campus, How to Prepare for an Interview, and Need Motivation?
I loved learning about some of the different clubs on campus because it is sometimes hard to find them. The clubs that I was able to reach were the Dance Team, English Club, ASL Learner’s Club, and the Circle K. Each club was fascinating to learn about and they were eager for others to know about them.
I liked the post I did about preparing for an interview because I felt it was good information to know. It is hard and stressful when you are getting ready for an interview, especially if it is your first real interview. It is important for people to understand what to say and how to dress before going into an interview.
It is hard at times to stay motivated during the semester. I enjoyed writing the motivation post because I felt it was that time of the semester when everyone needs a little encouragement to keep going. I also loved finding the different quotes because it helped to keep me motivated.
What was your most memorable project?
The most memorable project that I worked on was the Room Selection Info Session. I had helped organize, promote, and run this session. I learned how to prepare for an event and organize one. This was also the first event that I promoted. It gave me the experience of a marketer and helped me become better at problem solving.
What are your plans for the future?
I am graduating this semester so I am starting my job hunt. I want to continue in a field where I write professionally as well as start freelance writing. There are no set plans for my future, but I am sure I will find the job best suited for me. I have learned so much and I hope to bring what I learned into my future careers.