This week was a whirlwind having had my first day and first full week of my internship. I was definitely a little nervous at first, but I knew that no matter what it would be a great experience. I went into it with an open mind especially since the company is so small. I was a little skeptical after the first day and mildly apprehensive because the tasks I was given were very generic and not exactly what I had in mind for a marketing intern. The people were all very nice and welcoming, so it made it more exciting.
Last summer I was a marketing intern at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) state headquarters called the Keystone Building in Harrisburg. It was 8 floors and massive. Meetingsbooker is very different because it is a small office space with only about 16 employees in the office. PennDOT was very structured and set up like a “typical office” having cubicles and meeting rooms. Meetingsbooker is an office space on a quiet street down in Dun Laoghaire. It is very open, and all of our desks are together in little groupings. The CEO/founder and the IT department are the only two with offices. It is definitely a more inclusive environment even though the COO and CFO are mixed in with us. No one treats anyone differently because of their formal title in the office. It’s definitely less hierarchical which I really enjoy because everyone is very open to ideas and suggestions. I have never worked at another start up, so I cannot really say if it is or is not different from other organizations in the business sector. I know that it is very different from what I have ever experienced. There is a pool table in the office near where our desks are, and we are encouraged to take breaks to play some pool or go for coffee.
Marketing can be different depending on whether it’s an agency or an in-house marketing department. I learned so much from each of the internships I’ve had and I’m very thankful for both. I’m so excited to learn more about a start up and share my ideas with this awesome company.
It’s been great getting to explore Dun Laoghaire which I probably wouldn’t have done much of if I was interning in town. I’ve had some of the most amazing coffee in my entire life and everything is so beautiful down there. I have a few more places on my list I want to visit down there and explore the harbor and pier more!