We’re profiling some of our awesome interns from Summer of Tech 2015! First up, Kimberley, who was our very own Summer of Tech Creative Marketing intern! We had half her time, and the Enspiral Dev Academy in Wellington had the other half. It was fantastic to have her creative and marketing talents on the team – thanks Kim!!
How did you hear about Summer of Tech and why did you decide to apply?
I received an email through uni. I only really skim read it as I’d get a lot of stuff through uni that I wasn’t really interested in. It wasn’t until I got talking to other student in my classes that I went back and really considered it. I signed up for Summer of Tech about half way through the year and was pretty pleased that I did. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after uni so just thought I’d give it a shot.
What was your experience of the recruitment process?
The online profiles were great. It was super helpful to really think about the skills that I had and to what level. The meet & greet was super helpful with filling in the blanks of the roles that I was interested in. It was great to talk directly to staff about what it would be like to work for them. I quickly realised that there was one role where I thought I was an awesome fit and I really wanted. I was offered two interview slots. One with Enspiral Dev Academy (EDA) and Summer of Tech, and one with Stuff. It was a unique experience, I think, for everyone to have multiple, fast interviews in one day and we all really up-skilled ourselves just from this.
So you scored the job at EDA/SoT!! What is it like working there? What was your first week like?
I ended up getting the role I wanted. I’ve been a creative marketing intern for both SoT and EDA with my time split equally between. I’ve been working from the Enspiral Dev Academy office for both roles. The first week was spend getting to know the companies and seeing where their values lay and how my role would fit into promoting those values. Straight away I realised that working here would be vastly different from working on a project at uni. It was also very different from part time work as a student.
I was given a lot of trust and responsibility right from day one. That is something that I have really respected. I felt like I hit the jackpot or found the pot of gold over the rainbow. I get to work with awesome people, on an awesome project filling an awesome role! I’m very lucky to walk out of uni and walk straight into an environment like this.
What skills did you learn during your internship?
Oh my god, where do I start? Since my strengths are in the creative and design field, anything around digital marketing that wasn’t intuitive, was new. I’d also never really had the opportunity to work this closely with how a business is run. There was a lot of jargon and buzzwords that totally went over my head. I developed on a lot of soft skills that we discussed in the bootcamps; mostly communication skills. I’ve also learn the art of “bugging people to ask them questions” – and not feeling bad about it.
What is your biggest accomplishment? What was your biggest challenge?
Physically, I have a large video project that I am working on. Film production is my passion and hobby so it is great to do something that I love and have it benefit the company. Along those lines, I have also launched the Summer of Tech podcast which I am really looking forward to continue with a couple of cool volunteers.
Mentally, I think my biggest accomplishment is ‘getting over myself.’ I’ve found is better to just launch myself into the unknown then to get nervous, anxious and psych myself out.
What are the next steps for you in 2016? Is it back to study or launching into the industry?
I have just been asked to stay on full time at EDA (which I am super excited about! Yay!) and I will be volunteering with Summer of Tech and doing some odd contract work for them. I’m focused on gaining a broad skill set and making the most of my unique opportunity. I’m then heading off in June to the booming Start Up scene in Berlin.
What tips would you have for students seeking an internship next summer? Anything you wish you’d done differently?
Go to as many bootcamps as you can, especially soft skills. I think it would have been helpful for me to go to more of them. SoT is also a great opportunity to make friends who are interested in the same industry as you! It’s definitely helpful to be in contact with them during the offers process as this is really stressful and nerve racking.
Anything else you want to tell us about your SoT2015 experience?
I still don’t really know what User Experience means. Haha 🙂