A couple of months ago, I had the crazy idea to offer a paid summer internship for my high school students. I thought it could be a great opportunity for students to see how I run my art business, for me to get some help with all my marketing goals, and to provide students with job skills/experience for students.
It's hard to believe that it is now actually happening. This week marks the second week of my internship! For the month of June, we'll be meeting twice each week.
This is my lovely internship group: Amallya, Keziah, and Myiah. It's been a whirlwind of an experience - I never realized how hard it would be to give others a rundown of all I do with my business.
Who better to explain what we've been up to than one of my own interns. Without further ado ...
Internship Snapshot by Keziah
My name is Keziah Roper, and I am one of Ms. Jackie’s three interns. This experience has been very enjoyable thus far, and I am appreciative to have been accepted to be a part of this journey.
We have learned a number of different skills, as well as advertising techniques in such a short time. These things include, but are not limited to: how to market a certain service or product via social media, how to collectively brainstorm and effectively communicate ideas and opinions to a group, and things you can do to increase your social media presence and gain publicity.
One of the things we’ve been doing, as far as advertising, is email marketing, which is not very fun, but is a necessary evil. I say “necessary” because in order to gain interest from companies or businesses that would find your product valuable, you have to contact them. I say “evil” because it is SUPER tedious to try and find specific people for Jackie to contact regarding her books, not to mention there are TONS of different organizations that she’s either already involved with or contacted in general.That sure doesn't make email marketing any easier, but it is a skill that I am grateful to her for sharing with us.
Moving on….a lot of what we do involves brainstorming different ideas. Whether it be for changes and/or updates to Jackie’s website, new book production, upcoming newsletter topics, or just getting herself “out there” in general, we interns are constantly throwing out ideas. I, personally, love our work environment because we get to bounce off of each other. Working with this group has taught me to be respectful of others’ ideas (hopefully that lesson is reciprocated among all us interns) and how to compromise when there are conflicting opinions. I am eager to learn more as move forward and continue to work together.