Pinwheels and Pushpins: The Intern's First Week

Emily hard at work!

Emily hard at work!

"Oh! You came back! Great. Keep doing that, please."

This is my fifth day on the job, and probably the seventh time I have heard that phrase from someone at the office. They mean it in a joking way, since this is a newly made position, the summer months are always swamped with things to do, and the launch of a new online student planner, Pinwheel, is making everyone a little overworked. I really don't mind. The work isn't hard; I love Photoshopping, writing blogs and overseeing social media pages! This internship is a perfect for me, to everyone's surprise.

I am Emily, and I intern in the marketing department of School Datebooks. School Datebooks is a company that makes school planners or organizers for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges or universities. I'm a five-foot tall redhead with a passion for Doctor Who and Mountain Dew. I'll be a senior English major at Purdue this fall, and I'd like to work in advertising, PR or publishing when I graduate. During my first two years at school, I worked as a reporter and later an editor for The Exponent, the school newspaper. Then last summer, I lived in Beijing, China and interned for a kid's magazine company. This summer I am home in Lafayette and working at SDI. 

The first thing that I picked up at my internship was the amount of truly awesome people who work at my office. My department consists of four other employees who swear like small sailors and pull pranks on each other, while still being very talented and efficient - my kind of people.

There is also a reward system at my office. My boss will cut out Dilbert comics or "Dr. Poha" and the trophies will travel from cubicle to cubicle as a type of encouragement. And there's an "Uncle Leo" sign for the times our ideas need some work – it's just for fun, and I love that.

The trophies: Uncle Leo, or "Faileo", along with Dr. Poha. If you aren't familiar with him, watch this.

The trophies: Uncle Leo, or "Faileo", along with Dr. Poha. If you aren't familiar with him, watch this.

In terms of work, I do something different everyday. On Monday, I created a social media strategy for the company's Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts. I worked with Hootsuite to schedule posts or tweets and I uploaded pins to the Pinterest account. Later in the week, I created this showcase and I uploaded all of the content, while linking all pictures to Pinterest. Yesterday, I designed quote themes on Photoshop to be posted on social media next week. Today, I will blog for a while and then jump headfirst into the next assignment. There is always something to do at this internship, and I love staying busy with it. Although it's only been a week, I think that I can say with confidence that yes, I will be coming back for more. 

Until then,

-Em