Molly Flaig

Intern Name: Molly Flaig

Major: Communication

Intern Title/Name of Organization: Yearbook Marketing Intern, Lifetouch National School Studios

How did you find out about the internship and what was the application process? I found out about the internship through the Minnesota Private Colleges Job and Internship Fair last February. I knew I wanted to network with Lifetouch at the fair so I researched the company and edited my resume to reflect the internship requirements. I spoke with a recruiter at the fair and gave her my resume. About two weeks later she called me and asked if I was still interested and available for a phone interview the next day. We spoke the next day, and then she offered me an in-person interview. A week later I had an interview at their office and found out I got the internship about a week later.

What were some of the highlights? Lifetouch has an amazing internship program and they know the importance of giving students real-life experiences. They stressed the importance of networking and encouraged us to meet with as many people within the company as we could. That was really beneficial for me because I not only learned about the company, but I met with people who were excited to help me with my career. A major highlight was that each intern had an individual project. My project was focused on creating new ways to inform "mom" of the yearbook sale. Each intern had a mentor who spent significant time with us and helped us manage our work project. The best part of my internship was getting to present my summer project to the executive senior leaders of the company. Realizing that they needed and valued my ideas and input was really cool to see.

What was a "typical day" like? What were some of your major responsibilities?

My major responsibilities-aside from my main project-included working on a promotional showcase book for yearbook sales reps to advertise to prospective clients; judging yearbooks for a national competition; communicating with sales reps to fulfill their needs for yearbook marketing materials and preparing for the company's annual meeting.

What were some of the challenges of your internship?

My biggest challenge was getting over being afraid. At first it is nerve-wracking to be an intern-you don't know anyone, have no idea how the company functions and think all of your ideas are bad ideas. Because of that I was hesitant at first to ask questions or chime in on major meetings or conference calls. But after a couple weeks I became comfortable and realized they hired me for my ideas! So I started to give input at meetings and take initiative. It was really rewarding to see my ideas take shape and come to life.

What did you learn?

I learned how a huge company functions-nothing is quick, and decisions have to pass through a lot of people. I learned a ton about marketing, and that there isn't just one type of marketing. And I also learned a lot about myself and the type of work and projects I enjoy doing.

What advice would you give other students interested in internships?

My advice for other students would be to get an internship! And get as many as possible. Internships help you learn not only what you enjoy doing, but what kind of companies you enjoy working for, and what you'll want to look for in a future career.

(August 2014)