It’s been a great summer in Brookline and our interns have been hard at work in the office creating social media content, writing blog posts, pitches and press releases, developing media lists and more. We asked our interns about their experiences working at BIGfish this summer and what they have planned for the future. Read on to see what they had to say!
Interested in interning at BIGfish? Check back here and apply to our spring internship positions in a few months!
Hometown: New Preston, CT
College: Roger Williams University, Class of 2015
Favorite part of working at BIGfish:I’ve really enjoyed working with such diverse and interesting clients alongside a very talented team. The opportunities given to me and the feedback from the team have helped me to grow professionally and gain a wealth of knowledge. Thanks to the small office environment, I was able to work on a wide range of projects and tasks to gain a lot of PR experience.
Most valuable lesson learned while working at BIGfish:I’ve learned a lot of great skills such as formatting press releases for different types of clients and how to efficiently build media lists. I’ve also learned about some really handy resources such as HARO, Buffer and various other websites and tools.
Advice to future BIGfish interns: Ask a lot of questions.The team is extremely knowledgeable and very willing to offer ideas and guidance! Also, seek out opportunities and take initiative. This is a great learning environment and you can gain a lot of experience if you put in the effort.
Where you’d like to be in 5 years: I’d love to be living in either Boston, New York or San Francisco (random, I know) working at a PR/marketing agency or a market research firm!
Hometown: Allston, MA
College: Emerson College Class of 2015
Favorite part of working at BIGfish: My favorite part of working at BIGfish was the opportunity to do “real world” projects that helped me learn about the industry while actually benefitting real companies. Not to mention, I got the chance to work alongside great people who care about their work and are genuinely interested in seeing me grow as a professional! It’s surprisingly hard to find all of those qualities in one internship.
Most valuable lesson learned while working at BIGfish: One of the most important lessons that I’ve learned during my time at BIGfish is to seek input whenever possible. Before I began my internship, I honestly equated feedback to criticism and shied away from it. During my internship, however, I quickly realized that receiving feedback was hardly ever a truly negative process – it really flipped a switch for me to realize what an incredible resource I was being provided! My supervisors cared about the quality of my work, and took the time to provide me with tools that helped me to grow as a writer and marketer. Now, I go out of my way to get feedback on whatever I am working on.
Advice to future BIGfish interns: Remember that although you will be working with companies, the heart of PR rests with the people that run them. Every assignment that you take on during this internship will do more than help a nameless, faceless corporation. You are helping out people who put their entire being into their business, so make everything that you do for them count!
Where you’d like to be in 5 years: Working as an international branding and strategy consultant. Ideally, I’ll get to fly all over the world and meet interesting, ambitious people with brand stories that I can help share.