When searching for your summer internship, questions like, “what tasks will I be assigned,” “what is the day-to-day like” and “what will I be paid” may be running through your head. However, one question that often goes unaddressed is: “Who will I be working with?”
At DEVENEY, our Associate Program is unique in that it is led by two previous Associates: Brittany Cruickshank, Senior Account Executive + LifeCare Practice Lead, and Samantha Krupicka, Associate Advertising Account Executive. Over the past several years, Brittany and Samantha’s careers at DEVENEY have truly come full circle. From Associates to full-time employees and leaders of the same program that taught them, the two have gained the skills not only to supervise but also to truly lead and teach each new class of Associates as they begin their professional careers at DEVENEY.
When asked about their experience as Associates, Brittany and Samantha both acknowledged the Program’s role in preparing them for their professional careers. Samantha recalls, “I learned pretty much everything I know about really working in the industry from being an Associate (and now an Account Executive) at DEVENEY. I was able to learn skills and utilize them at the same time – experience I feel like you really have to gain through an internship like DEVENEY’s Associate or Summer Scholar Programs.” In agreement with Samantha, Brittany mentions how her experience as an Associate allowed her to see the theories she learned in college come to life and produce tangible results.
As Public Relations Associates, Brittany and Samantha had the opportunity to refine their professional writing skills by focusing on building media lists, writing press releases, and drafting pitches for both local and regional media outlets. “I was trusted with actual client work”, says Brittany, “and then [I was] given the opportunity to see the client work come to life with real results.”
If you’re not interested in Public Relations, you’re in luck – DEVENEY’s Associate Program also includes Creative and Digital positions. The artistic talent of Creative Associates shine through the graphics and other pieces of collateral they design for client and agency projects. For those like me who are more interested in the social media aspect of the business, the Digital Associate position is the one for you. In this role, I create and schedule content for a variety of web, email, and social marketing campaigns.
Brittany and Samantha also share a passion for teaching, and their roles as Associate Supervisors provide them with the opportunity to blend their love for sharing knowledge with marketing. Brittany mentions how the DEVENEY Associate Program is a great way to “train and educate the future of marketing” by assigning Associates with real work that provides value to the team. As opposed to interns who fetch coffee or make copies all day, DEVENEY Associates are “integrated into the dynamic of the workplace and are often working on client projects alongside full-time employees,” says Samantha.
As they continue to receive applications daily, Brittany and Samantha would like to share three pieces of advice to all applicants:
- Proofread your application
- After you submit your application, follow up
- Be confident and open-minded
Interested in learning more about the Associate Program? Click here!