We can't believe it's time to say goodbye to our summer interns already. Before they head back to school, Brent and Kristen were gracious enough to share some thoughts on their internship experiences with us. We're going to miss these two!
This was my second summer at Newhall Klein, and having a more specific role of Project Coordinator provided new opportunities for me to gain insights into the field.
What I enjoyed the most about my new role was that I was able to experience the communication that takes place with clients more often and firsthand. While a majority of my role entails supporting the project managers at Newhall Klein, it was great experience to be looped in on all sorts of projects, client needs, asset creation, etc. As I am studying the account and business side of advertising at Michigan State University, it was also very beneficial to learn how to create estimates and invoice clients efficiently.
It has been a very smooth-sailing summer, as the NK team is very well-versed and helpful in training new employees to be able to tackle the day-to-day agency lifestyle. I first became interested in marketing and advertising when I realized how different each and every day is. While some job tasks will inevitably be repetitive, working with a lot of clients keeps each day fresh and exciting. This is the biggest perk to working for an agency in my opinion.
The fun work environment at Newhall Klein also helps to make every day more enjoyable. While NK is a relatively relaxed workplace, the productivity and passion for marketing solutions among employees is what makes me proud to have been part of such a great team this summer.
This summer at Newhall Klein has been an experience filled with creativity, laughter, and learning - learning from observation, learning from instruction, and learning from mistakes. I learned things that will be useful in my future career path, such as the brand development process, everything that goes into a photo shoot for a brochure, website, or packaging, and what happens from day to day at a creative agency.
However, the most important takeaway from my summer internship is that work can really be enjoyable. College students often stress out about finding the perfect job, but I think the people you work with and the environment you work in make all the difference in the world. The people of NK are some of the most fun, loving, and supportive people I've ever met. The employees create an atmosphere where people aren't afraid to share ideas, proposals, and ask questions, which allows for collaboration and idea generation. They listen to and respect each other, support each other to create a collaborative environment, hold each other accountable for their work, and have fun and interact with each other. Even when working on a big project, I don’t think there was a single day that I didn't hear laughter in the office. This creative and comfortable atmosphere at NK is what contributes to the success of the agency, one where its employees enjoy coming to work every day. My summer at NK has taught me to interact with my co-workers, ask questions, share ideas, and make work something to enjoy.