Filing papers, adjusting spreadsheets, busy work. These were some of the things that originally came to mind when I heard the word “internship.” After two summers of interning at Evolve IP, I now have a better understanding on what an internship really entails.
Interning at Evolve IP has truly been an amazing learning experience. My first summer consisted of tasks such as competitive intelligence, social media research, and best of all, learning about the company’s products, people and culture.
Unlike many business-oriented internships, I was able to get involved in relevant, valuable projects and contribute to them in a meaningful way. I attended weekly marketing meetings where I not only listened but also participated actively. This summer I understood even more of the jargon and processes here, which made me confident that I was indeed learning and making a positive contribution to the team.
I am about to enter my Senior year at James Madison University, where I am enrolled in the College of Business. JMU has taught me a lot and has given me a solid foundation of knowledge on which to build. My internship has pushed me to use what I’ve learned in class and apply it to real, challenging business situations. On top of that, I’ve learned about leading edge cloud technologies, marketing automation systems such as Marketo, digital marketing tools, and processes such as account based marketing.
A key takeaway from this experience is what I want to look for in a company when it comes time to start my career. One of those things is company culture. At Evolve, the culture is pervasive and most conducive to their success. Whether it is an afternoon carnival for associates’ kids, volunteer days, or the open-environment within the office itself, it’s hard to ignore the emphasis Evolve puts on company culture.
Approaching the end of my college days is tough, but knowing that there are companies like Evolve out there that are people-oriented, fast-paced, and fun, all while being successful, will make my transition to the real world much easier.Categories: General