Stepping Out: Transitioning from Campus Life to the Agency World

As I close in on the second half of my college experience at Cornell University, I’ve been thinking about what I have experienced thus far. I’ve learned a great deal about the intricacies of communication; I’ve spent countless hours studying in the library; I’ve even worked on projects with looming deadlines. The only thing I haven’t learned, that no one can learn in a classroom, is what it’s like in the “real world”. Diving head first into the marketing agency realm is no easy transition and it can certainly be overwhelming. But thanks to internships such as the Greenhouse program here at Martino Flynn, I have been able to get that experience firsthand.

Once I was able to get past the initial shock of a drastically different environment, I found incredible learning opportunities. At some places, interns take on menial tasks like running back and forth between the coffee machine and the printer. However, my experience at this agency has been quite the opposite. Greenhouse interns work on real client projects alongside experts, manage individual tasks given to them by project leaders and learn what it takes to be part of a truly integrated company. Although Cornell has taught me many different aspects of communication, hands-on experience is an essential next step to prepare for the real world after graduation.

In the public relations department specifically, I have had the opportunity to develop my writing and marketing skills by writing press releases and pitches, creating social media content, and conducting research for client projects. While these important tasks may at times be daunting, I am quickly learning how to stay on my feet and manage my workload in such a fast-paced environment.

Martino Flynn also stands out among other internships in that it allows its participants to dive into many different facets of advertising. Being at a full-service, integrated marketing firm, I am able to focus on public relations work, but also can explore my other interests in creative design, digital media, account management, or whatever else I may be curious about. The people here are so welcoming and supportive; they truly represent the Greenhouse metaphor of nurturing us intern “seedlings” to learn and grow in a personal, collaborative atmosphere.

After being in the Greenhouse program for a few weeks now, I can truly say that this experience is a great addition to my collegiate studies in preparing me for the corporate world. What I once thought was overwhelming is now within my reach. One of the first things I learned here at Martino Flynn is to not be afraid of taking risks. With an enthusiastic attitude, a goal-oriented strategy, and a personable disposition, I’m learning that you can succeed in anything you put your mind to. I am really excited to see what is in store for me for the rest of the summer at the agency. I know that however we contribute, we will be able to make a difference. Because at Martino Flynn, interns do great work.

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