When I first started my exciting “big girl” internship at The Squad, I really had no idea what to expect. The only things I knew were that the team was on the smaller side, they dealt with inbound marketing clients, and that I had written articles to be published for said clients for the past year. I had never had a chance to truly dive into the company, since I worked as a freelance writer from my university in New Albany.
Putting God First
Coming in the first day, I was amazed that the entire Squad fit into one room to discuss the daily tasks to be completed. As I looked around, I noticed a few things that made me immediately feel like this was somewhere I could belong. The first thing that stood out to me was the integrity of a faith-based business—scripture was used in lieu of inspirational posters, everyone was genuinely polite and respectful toward each other, and I never once felt uncomfortable with any topics that were discussed. I also noticed a Kramer poster from Seinfeld perched elegantly on the wall, and I knew that the Squad had their priorities straight.
Putting Others Second
Bryce was the one who brought me in to intern, and under the combined efforts of him, Brooke, and Jessie, I was delegated tasks and taught the ins-and-outs of social content, publishing, and editing for SEO. I will always appreciate this opportunity and the things I have learned from my time here. From Spotify music sessions with Josh to discussing potato salad recipes with Wesley, I have grown to enjoy the little moments I’ve had with each member of this dedicated team. The countless picnics, walks, and, of course, funny graphics, have gotten me accustomed to working with a close-knit group of individuals who consistently build each other up and bring laughter to their work. Needless to say, it will be hard to adjust to whatever comes next for me after the shameless nerdy moments with Kristina and feeling called to embrace my passions after listening to Ellie speak about her love for salsa dancing.
A Lasting Impression
Working here, I felt respected and valued as a team member, not just a silly intern whose input meant nothing. I’ve learned so much about the process of marketing that I can’t wait to use in the future, and I appreciate everyone being patient with me as I learned how to operate WordPress, HubSpot, and all of the other tools The Squad uses on a daily basis. It means a lot to be surrounded by people who are willing to build you up and teach you the things you need to know to be successful, without getting frustrated during the learning stages. As my internship at The Squad comes to an end, I will take away a lot of lessons from the team who made my time here not only a learning experience, but an enjoyable one.