What to expect from a marketing internship in agency land
We have four (4) gun marketing interns in our Sydney office, and given that they seemed to love chatting to each other and working together, we gave them a task to write a blog. We didn't expect quite this though...
Our expectations as marketing interns
Walking in the front door of Marketing Eye, I didn’t know what to expect.
I had spoken to several friends, and started to formulate my expectations. I had seen such cinema flops as “The Internship” (don’t watch it, it’s terrible). The 4th floor in the heart of Woolloomooloo, I anticipated walking out to the Marketing version of the Wolf of Wall Street. I’m talking rows and rows of desks, each employee talking louder than the last. I thought I would be immediately overwhelmed by the velocity of working at Marketing Eye. At such an establishment as this acclaimed marketing firm, I expected to be merely a cog in the machine, doing the ‘Grunt Work’ such as filing, organising pencils and being yelled out for my stupidity. My expectations were very positively subverted.
The reality of a marketing internship
I knew all my fears would be put to rest as soon as I walked through the front door and saw Mellissah Smith (Founder of Marketing Eye) not wearing any shoes (she broke her toe I later found out) and Pip the dog lounging on the office floor.
The calm, relaxed attitude of Marketing Eye blew me away. The small, intimate nature of the marketing firm has encouraged me to come out of my shell and contributed immediately to marketing discussions.
After Mellissah Smith and the rest of the team made me feel at home, I sunk my teeth into the work I was here for. Interns are encouraged to participate in meaningful ways, implementing practical marketing skills rather than basic organisational skills as often perceived in internships. Marketing strategies and researching real world examples for Marketing Eye’s clients was an excellent experience. Following an enjoyable session of work, the team made Vietnamese food together for lunch. This made me feel as if I was a part of something more meaningful than the average workplace. This bond formed with the rest of the team was the icing on the cake for my first day at Marketing Eye. I’m incredibly excited for the rest of my stay here as an intern and the lifelong lessons I will gather from it.
Written by: Thomas Durston, Thomas McLuckie, Minh Ngoc Nguyen and Megan Eaton