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A Day in the Life of a Small Business Intern

May 9, 2018

Anna Layaou ’18, a senior KSOM marketing major, has participated in multiple internships, including two offered through the Small Business Internship Initiative, a program created by The University of Scranton Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Layaou interned in Marketing and Communications at The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and served as an Advertising and Public Relations Intern at Condron Media. We were lucky enough to get the chance to ask Layaou a few questions about her experience with Condron Media, a local small business.

Describe your tasks and responsibilities: 
At Condron Media, I did a lot of research and reading for clients in order to help with campaigns and content. I worked with the Condron Media team daily, including web developers, graphic designers, and advertising professionals in order collaborate together on projects for clients. Phil Condron also took me on various client meetings, in order for me to have a better understanding of client goals and the campaigns in general. I also helped with the coordination and execution of brand and client TV/photo shoots. One of my favorite things I was included in was the creation of the Condron Media blog and monthly podcast, which are both up on their website. I wrote and voiced the “Condron Media Tip of the Month” for the podcast and wrote an article on how to subscribe to a podcast. I developed social media posts and scheduling for Condron Media and some of their clients, another thing I enjoyed a lot since social media is so prevalent and will only continue to grow.

What were some of your takeaways? 
I learned how to behave in a professional setting. I learned how to write a blog post, something I had never done before, and also record a podcast and the back end of that. It was interesting to see what actually goes into a marketing and advertising firm, which is the area I would like to go into when I graduate. Condron gave me the skills to thrive in the advertising and PR world. I learned how to form my ideas into real campaigns and how to execute them. I learned how to take ideas from clients and build that up into something great. I learned how to blend writing and research to also turn into real campaigns. From observing, I learned what goes into photo and video shoots, and how to make a commercial or advertisement into something great.

What is valuable about interning at a small business? 
I like interning at a small business because you get to see all areas of the company, instead of just being under the direction of one person for months, I worked with various different departments. I was able to see all different elements work together to form one big picture. I liked that everyone knew my name within the first hour of working.

Do you have any advice for future interns? 
I would definitely recommend to other students to take advantage of the Small Business Internship Initiative. My advice is to be ready to use your talents to the best of your abilities and to apply to a company that does what you think you want to do in the future. It’ll solidify your thinking one way or another. And if it’s not what you want to do, at least you got experience in the field and can put it on your resume. Don’t be afraid to share your ideas, either. Believe it or not, interns aren’t getting coffees and making copies all day.

Learn More: 
Check out the Small Business Internship Initiative to view the paid summer internship opportunities available now! Also find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @SmallBizIntern!

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