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Interning at BowStern: A Word from Those Living It

Publish Date: 5/3/2016


If you have been following along with us, then you would know how to fail an internship interview with us, and how to survive an internship with us. But we feel the best way to explain the magic of a BowStern internship lies within the interns themselves. Who better to guide one through the enigmatic processes than those experiencing them? We decided to ask three interns to weigh in on how to succeed, what to expect, and what others are missing out on.

Adrian

I’ve had the privilege of being a digital marketing intern at BowStern for two semesters, each being equally as exciting, rewarding, and entertaining. It’s an office space that truly encourages all to participate and share ideas, concepts, or personal stories. One really feels welcomed here, and the stereotypical intern work and attitudes are non-existent. No coffee runs, no talking down to, and no lack of respect. An intern is a team member, meaning the same standards and attitude bestowed upon the employees are upon the interns as well.

Mimosa Fridays, engaging discourse within the team, – ranging from Biggie vs. Tupac to race relations within the US – and how to properly twerk are all real experiences here. Work and play go hand in hand, as both are connected. Creativity is key within BowStern, and nothing helps in creative brainstorms like a game of darts or watching cat videos with the team. Just don’t forget to get back to work afterward. You won’t find a better company to intern for - better yet, with, because one will be part of the BowStern family as soon as they walk into the office.

Jessica

It’s certainly never boring. And even though you may have to drive half way to Miami to get to BowStern, being away from the college side of town is a refreshing change of pace. Learning to monitor for so many different clients was overwhelming at first but once you get the hang of it, it pretty much comes naturally. You learn to cater your social media voice to sound like the client for whom you are monitoring. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to know the “regulars” who tend to post on our clients’ pages. It’s actually a lot of fun.

Additionally, digital marketing interns have the privilege of sitting in on and participating in client strategy meetings. Be sure to take advantage of that and don’t be afraid to share your ideas. Even though interns aren’t paid here, they certainly make it up to you in food. Donuts at morning meetings and monthly “Lunch and Learns” (with the best local Tally food) are just a few perks to interning at BowStern.

Here are a few insider tips you need to know when interning here:

  1. Sharefile is slow; it’s not just your computer.
  2. There’s a meme for every occasion.
  3. If Mandy doesn’t prank text you, she probably doesn’t like you that much.
  4. Work hard. It pays off and you’ll learn a lot.

Samantha, aka “Sam”

As an intern at BowStern you’re quickly integrated into the company and specifically whichever team you’re a part of. In your first week you can expect to be politely bombarded with a plethora of personal questions, asked to participate in brainstorms or client meetings, and engage in some heated office discussions, such as the ongoing debate about Tupac and Biggie Smalls. The culture at BowStern is facilitated by amazing people with an amazing purpose, who have combined all the best elements of both work and play in an office space. However, with that being said, there are a few mandatories if you want to survive in this environment:

  1. Have a (good) sense of humor: There is an extremely high chance that you will be pranked more than once during your time at BowStern. If you can’t laugh at yourself or others, this probably isn’t the place for you.
  2. Can’t be afraid of life size mannequin named Chet: He’s part of the team. You’ll get used to him.
  3. Expect the unexpected: You may go into the conference room expecting to have a calendar meeting with the team, but in reality, you are walking in on an impromptu Harry Potter trivia challenge. Happens.
  4. Care about the work you’re doing: Everyone here actually loves to be here and to be doing what they’re doing. That’s what makes the work so great. If you want to fit in, you have to care just as much as they all do!

After an entire semester of interning here, I have never once been treated like an intern, but an actual employee. There is a sign on the door of the office that states “The kindest, smartest, most creative, most dedicated, passionate and hardworking people walk through this door each day.” Needless to say, it couldn’t be more accurate.


So there you have it: words from those who have walked the BowStern internship walk.

Are you up for the challenge?

*We are now accepting applications for Spring 2017 Semester Interns.

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