I’m on a boat!

I'm on a boat!

We try our best to give our interns real-world experience… From doing client work to learning about the industry, we feel it’s our job to educate, and show then what it’s like to work in the field. We’ve had interns tell us that at other agencies they basically answered the phones, ran out for coffee, and made copies. Well, we answer our own phones, make our own coffee, and take turns swearing at the copier, so that frees up the interns to focus on learning and contributing, just like anyone else.

A few years back, we had an intern write a headline for a new campaign, and the client loved it. There’s no weird hierarchy here when it comes to great ideas… anyone can have one. If you’ve got the initiative to do something, we’re going to help you out, and guide you the best way we know how, not discourage you based on how much experience you have.

Take for instance, driving a boat. Our video intern Jason had the most experience at it, so we put him in charge of it for a recent photo shoot. (Yes, I swear it was real work, not just a joyride.) We needed photos of a house from the water, so while Cory handled the camera, Jason handled the boat. Don’t worry, we also made him dig up plants and move heavy objects, but you know what? Cory and I also dug up plants, moved heavy objects, and treated Jason just like any other employee.

My advice for interns is to take in as much as you can: Be a sponge, absorb everything. Jump at any opportunities that come your way. Ask a lot of questions, and don’t be afraid to give your opinion. Speak up! (No one ever fondly remembers the intern who sat quietly in the corner and never talked to anyone.) And finally, do great work, but be humble.

August 22, 2011 · Posted by in misc, photo  

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