I realize that I’ve been MIA for a couple weeks now, but I have been taking my time off from school to focus on family, friends, and Netflix. But before you assume that I’ve been bumming on the couch all day watching Scandal episode after Scandal episode (Olivia Pope is a badass), I have actually been busy at my new winter internship in New York City at Complex Media in Ad Sales & Marketing.
Source: Google Images; Complex Media logo – so simple, but so effortlessly cool.
Doing an internship during winter break has been ideal for me because it allows me to focus 100% on my work and learn new things in a department I had little to no knowledge on. Not to mention, it gets me up and moving otherwise I’d still be sitting in my new fleece pajamas with my laptop on my stomach and food crumbs everywhere. At Complex, I assist the Marketing Department managers, Advertising Sales Assistants, and Sales Representatives with various duties. After walking into the Time & Life Building feeling official and adult-like while the guards side-eye me wondering if it is “Take Your Child to Work Day,” I head up to the 35th floor and walk into the urban Complex office. Almost every employer says, “There is no typical day at the office.” Most of the time, I always assumed they were trying to intimidate me, but at Complex, it really is true- one day I could be doing my daily tasks and jamming out to my Spotify playlists (nice plug) while the next day I’m frantically scrambling to finish my daily tasks while putting together marketing research on a specific product into a PowerPoint presentation for one of my bosses.
Source: Complex Magazine; Seth Rogen and James Franco Cover Complex’s June/July 2013 Issue.
Every day, the interns are responsible for compiling lists of 5 top stories for each category in the Complex network (i.e., fashion, music, art & design). Interns are also responsible for keeping track of the advertisements listed on competitor websites; we screenshot the ad and categorize them (i.e., if the ad is in the background and displayed on a banner at the top basically hogging the entire webpage, it would be classified as a “Takeover” ad).
Source: Heavy.com; This is a “takeover” ad for PS4.
Although I have only been at Complex for a short amount of time, I have already learned a boat load. Aside from learning how to dress hipper, I’ve learned how to work in a fast-paced enviornment while maintaining an attention to detail (because almost all tasks assigned require this).
I’m pretty proud of myself this winter break. I caught up on Scandal (Grey’s Anatomy, you’re next) and scored a sweet internship!
Source: Google Images; Winter break productivity? In the words of Olivia Pope: “It’s handled.”