by: Chelsey Heft, Marketing Intern
Growing up, school was never easy for me. I never got the grades that my parents expected me to get, even though I always tried my best. So when I hit the age where I was able to start working, I took every opportunity to work everyday and on the weekends to get experience. The opposite of school, I realized that working, making connections, and meeting new people is what came easy to me.
When I graduated from high school, I knew that I had to go to college and get my degree. I started off at Moraine Valley and then transferred to Eastern Illinois University to major in Special Education. Unfortunately, I found out that special education was not the field for me. The longer I sat in my Special Education classes the more I started to get lost and not understand the information that was being thrown my way. I became overwhelmed at the fact I picked the wrong area of study, but knew that I had to figure out what I actually liked to do.
After some soul-searching and realizing my strengths (talking to people and making connections), I figured out that a degree in Communication was for me. I decided to move back home and make Governors State University my school of choice. Currently, this is where I am finishing up my degree in Communications.
As a graduation requirement, I had to find an internship. One day I stumbled upon the marketing internship email application for Sharn Enterprises, Inc. I was having terrible luck applying for internships on my own, so I figured why not try for an internship that Governor’s State was connected with.
Shortly after applying, I received a phone call asking if I would like to set up an interview time and of course I said yes!
Then all of the questions started running through my head like they would with any other person. “What do I wear? What do I say? You better make sure you have questions prepared!” After interviewing with Stephanie and Roger, I got the call that I received the internship, and I was elated!
Since being here at Sharn Enterprises as a marketing intern, I have taken in a great amount of knowledge. From researching new leads, to being the main liaison for a new CRM system, to constructing strategic posts on social media, and putting together marketing campaigns, I can say that when I do head out into the work world that I will definitely feel that I have one leg up over the competition.
The meaning of graduation to me is a massive accomplishment that everyone should be proud of. After finishing the internship with Sharn, I now am finished with my overall degree! I am so happy (and even relieved) that I am finally done with school and can start focusing on the things I am good at.
In the last five months, I have learned so much and I continue to learn each day. When there is a new task I am always ready take it on. This has been quite the learning experience for me. I am so glad I was able to take the ride at Sharn Enterprises, Inc.
For more information on Sharn Enterprises, Inc.’s products and services, visit their website at http://www.sharndisplays.com. For internship opportunities at Sharn, contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.