Written by: Mia Patterson, Account Executive
Not many people get the chance to say they were able to meet the President of a million dollar organization; even fewer can say they were able to meet the Owner of said organization. As an intern for The AroundCampus Group, I am honored to be able to say that I had the divine privilege of meeting both the President and Owner during my intern training adventure to North Carolina two weeks ago.
I could tell by the way each regional manager spoke with such passion and enthusiasm that it was going to be a great summer. I was only one of the 670 interns that were going to be attending this week long training. Once I realized the impact this internship could really have on my future I dug deep and began to work. I focused on the Leadership Model discussed in our morning training session; I fervently took notes on everything each individual speaker was saying.
It was the atmosphere of building upon each others success and building upon reaching goals together that drove each individual at training to bond with one another. It was the pure passion within the President’s eyes as he spoke about beginning his adventures with The AroundCampus Group years ago as an intern himself. It culminated into a beautiful and challenging week of training that only 670 students each year get to experience.
The entire week was filled with early mornings and late, late nights. We mapped out territories for each school, we discussed team goals and individual goals, we had to memorize a four page sales script, we even had to memorize a rate sheet with all of the prices for the advertisements and coupons we would be selling for the upcoming summer. We were in classrooms from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., breaking for two to three hours for dinner, then we attended the evening sessions, which would last from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. (and that was an early night). We learned how to approach business owners with advertising and marketing pitches, how to complete official contracts and complete renewal accounts. All of these newfound skills give me the advantage because I now have an additional real world training education regarding a skill that most people could only aspire to obtain.
It is a known fact that when employers look at resumes they are scanning for outstanding experiences. By taking advantage of unique opportunities to boost one’s professional experiences, we are working towards setting ourselves apart as young and aspiring public relations professionals. This specific internship will help me personally because it will give me a leg up against my fellow graduates next year. I want to break into the public relations field with a specific focus in the professional sports sector. This being said, one of the easiest ways to get your foot in the door almost anywhere is through sales. If you can sell something, then businesses will want you.
By the end of the training, when we were all heading home and going our separate ways, all anyone could say was #challengeaccepted.