• How to Thrive as a Summer Intern

It’s National Intern Day! In celebration of our hardworking group of summer interns (and their final day of work tomorrow!) ThriveHive has decided to share some of their testimonials.

How to Thrive as a Summer Intern

Reflections from Devon Heavey

Content Marketing and Writing

Working at ThriveHive this summer as a marketing intern was a great opportunity to see how a digital marketing business is run in this hands-on work environment. This is my second summer working in the marketing department, but this year I focused more on content marketing. Our supervisors were able to teach us new skills such as keyword research, and give us the confidence to write our own blog posts, eBooks, and pocket guides. We weren’t treated as interns who needed to be given busy work or were asked run errands for their supervisors— we were given tasks that furthered our knowledge, strengthened our writing, and engaged us every step of the way.

Branding

I was also given the opportunity to dive into areas that I already knew I like, such as Instagram. I was able to familiarize myself with ThriveHive’s brand personality and brand voice when I was creating content and posting on their Instagram account. This summer was particularly interesting to be an intern at ThriveHive since we were all able to be a hands on part of the company rebrand. The work hard, play hard motto at ThriveHive was clearly visible in the office environment. The determination and motivation from everyone that works at ThriveHive make it a place I would recommend to anyone looking for an internship or anyone looking for a full-time job. As I end my 10 week internship program with ThriveHive I will be going into my senior year as a more confident writer and marketer.

Culture

The work hard, play hard motto at ThriveHive was clearly visible in the office environment. The determination and motivation from everyone that works at ThriveHive make it a place I would recommend to anyone looking for an internship or anyone looking for a full-time job. As I end my 10 week internship program with ThriveHive I will be going into my senior year as a more confident writer and marketer.

Reflections from Jack Sheridan

I know what you’re thinking— coffee runs, spreadsheets, and belittlement from upper management. That’s what I thought anyways, based on the litany of intern horror stories I had hidden away in the depths of my temporal lobe. However now, I can speak from experience, and my intern experience at ThriveHive was everything but my previous schema.

A Startup Marketing Perspective

Upon completing the 10-week program, what I am actually leaving with is a new marketing perspective, a thorough understanding of SEO, SEM, and keyword research, and experience working in a lively, hardworking, and communal office space. I was fortunate enough to watch a startup grow and witness a rebrand, firsthand. What was unique to the ThriveHive intern program, was the responsibility that was thrust upon us. Never did I feel like I was watching from the sidelines. No matter the day or time, I was co-piloting, if not piloting every project placed in front of me. And the projects that I piloted did more than

Writing Experience & Portfolio

What was unique to the ThriveHive intern program, was the responsibility that was thrust upon us. Never did I feel like I was watching from the sidelines. No matter the day or time, I was co-piloting, if not piloting every project placed in front of me. And the projects that I piloted did more than sharpen my skills, they resulted in tangible workpiece samples. I am able to leave this internship with a portfolio that is representative of my time and efforts spent working for ThriveHive. My new portfolio now contains nearly a dozen published blog posts, eBooks, and a pocket guide. Interning is meant to be a mutually beneficial experience. The intern is gifted with the good fortune of working for the company, the company receives a hard worker. A problem arises in this master plan when either the intern or the company cannot hold up on their end of

Mutually Beneficial Relationship

Interning is meant to be a mutually beneficial experience. The intern is gifted with the good fortune of working for the company, the company receives a hard worker. A problem arises in this master plan when either the intern or the company cannot hold up on their end of bargain. Sometimes it’s a lazy college student, sometimes it’s a boring, disorganized corporate environment. These pitfalls are far and few between at ThriveHive though, and it’s by virtue of their culture. ThriveHive treats their employees well and inspires them to work hard. I leave this job with belief in ThriveHive’s software, and a greater excitement for my future.

Reflections from Emma Kovacs

Adaptability

ThriveHive provided an engaging, fast-paced environment that consistently challenged us and presented us with a diverse variety of tasks to tackle on a daily basis. Whether we were writing blog posts, executing eBook edits, or scheduling social media posts, we were taught the values of adaptability, the ability to receive criticism, and the importance of having an upbeat and friendly attitude—no matter the circumstance. As an intern—and therefore a dependable resource—the most important skill to have might be flexibility; it’s crucial to be able to drop a task at any given moment and tackle a new one, full force, whether it be running to the post office to mail packages or helping switch out images post-company rebrand.

Teamwork

These moments, however small and however menial, were a reminder that even though we were just there for the summer, we were part of the team. We labored over spreadsheets together when things went awry, brainstormed content strategy as a group, and walked through the office every day confidently armed with the knowledge of each employee’s name. Ultimately, motivation and a strong work ethic can only stem from your own inclinations, but being part of a team that supports, drives, and encourages you to do your best is what truly defines unique experiences in the workforce and helps solidify (and make further impactful) the lessons that you’ve learned. Internships end, but the experience, if fully taken advantage of and perceived with an air of gratitude, remains long after the last day. While I’m sad to depart ThriveHive, I’m confident that I will be able to leverage this experience through future endeavors and excited to use it as a springboard to further develop as an individual and team member in the workforce.

Reflections from Blake Walker

With it being my second year interning for ThriveHive I thought I would have an idea of what to expect for the summer, but that was not the case. Being a part of the marketing team helped me gain so many helpful skills that will assist me in my future endeavors.

Rebranding

You may or may not know that our company rebranded from Propel Marketing to ThriveHive this summer. Being on the front lines of this rebrand exposed me to so many unique projects and tasks seeing that companies don’t do something like this regularly. My experience at ThriveHive this summer was irreplaceable. Most companies like to assign interns to basic projects or tasks seeing them as a risk, but ThriveHive does not hold back.

Online Presence

Working for a digital marketing company in a digital age puts me one step ahead of the others when it comes to the understanding and knowledge of one’s presence online. The hands on experience I gained this summer from working on the rebrand and sitting in on meetings with the marketing team will most definitely help me excel in the future.

Reflections Jim Sicord

Now is the season to reflect on how it’s nearly August and what exactly has made this internship with ThriveHive fly by. Since it’s National Intern Day, there’s no better time to jump right in and reflect. Just like any good class or movie does, the intent from the beginning was to immerse me in a new environment.

Lead Generating Content

My experience with ThriveHive has consisted of inbound marketing tactics, SEO, SEM, keyword research, blogging, writing and converting eBook material for content creation and lead generation efforts. Not only this, but I was forced to think like a small business owner, to see their pain points and craft a clear breakdown and solution addressing setbacks in their digital marketing.

The Millennial Advantage

Without a doubt, the best thing that ThriveHive accounted for was that four “millennial” interns would want to write about what they care most about so as to make an impact on the greater environment. Placing trust in us this way yielded a crop of now top-performing blog posts generating leads and feeding American small business owners’ marketing strategies. This opportunity to write as I wished was guided by some helpful editors and supervisors who loved teaching an apprentice about their honed craft.

Startup Mindset

ThriveHive truly practices what they preach. I didn’t feel like I was meant to be just a round peg in a round hole during this internship. I had an opportunity to help the customer support team and work on our partner program material while the company’s unique rebrand experience took place. In retrospect, I was greatly impacted by one of the founder’s comments about rejecting the idea of ever moving away from the start up mindset despite recent successes. As a recent graduate, I feel emboldened by these words. Wherever the road ahead turns I’m reminded not to forget about where I’ve been launched from, and how I’ve gleaned so much from this experience in SEO, blogging, and digital marketing for small business owners.

We all want to thank ThriveHive for the opportunity to have an internship with such a great business, filled with even better people!

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