To be honest, I don’t recall the exact path of search queries that led me to Blue Wheel Media’s site. However, I do remember that when I landed there and read the Intern position, I was immediately sold. I had been doing freelance work (yes, I said ‘freelance’…you know, the term that young people use when they only work about 20 hours a week and don’t have any sort of schedule) for almost year and a half and everything I knew about the digital landscape and social media was basically self-taught. I was ready to get experience and ready to learn, the non-paid portion of the job description didn’t really phase me.
It all sort of happened pretty fast. I applied, was accepted, and started all within a week. Pretty much the pace I was hoping for and the pace it would stay. From the very first day, we were expected to not just listen and learn but to DO. As someone who wasn’t in school, I was hoping I could devote a ton of time to this and Blue Wheel let me do just that. I started out coming in only three days a week but found myself wanting to attend certain meetings with Kayla or write product descriptions for Ana on off days. Like I said, it all happened so fast but I had been doing things ‘slow’ for so long that I was ready for a quick-paced atmosphere.
I didn’t really know what to expect at all when I applied but I had expressed a strong interest in social media from the very beginning-during my phone interview in fact-but I learned a ton about SEO and content writing during my internship. I was thrilled that was thrown into the social sphere with Kayla, aka my social sister, but I had experience with everyone in the office: writing 6 Pack meta descriptions for Zach and Kevin, Lover’s Lane product descriptions for Ana, Fraknenmuth Brewery blogs for Eric, Adwords copy for Mike, web prospect research for Jack. This is how Blue Wheel Media shows it’s true color: you can’t just push one portion of digital and let the others fall to the wayside. Social, Content, SEO all connect and although you might be inclined to work in one area, you need to understand the interworking of it all.
While my previous internship for my Spanish minor was great, at Blue Wheel I was able to collaborate and learn with OTHER interns. I took away more knowledge here than from my summer intern classes or previous jobs and enjoyed every task given to me. But with all that being said, I can’t ignore the fact that the company culture really sold me on joining the Blue Wheel Media team.