Day in the Life: Gabrielle Doria, Lead Intern
Aug 3, 2016
I bet all of you have been just dying to know what it’s like to be the lead intern at Centerline Digital. Yes, I said lead intern. What makes me lead intern? Well, it definitely helps that I’m the only one and that this is my third consecutive summer. I’ve gotten to do a lot of amazing things this year, and I won’t continue to delay the suspense: let’s take a walk through my typical day, specifically a Monday at Centerline.
7:30 a.m. – Alarm goes off. *Hits snooze button*
7:39 a.m. – Alarm goes off again. Finds the strength to get out of insanely comfortable and warm bed.
8:15 a.m. – All ready to go to work. Grab a protein yogurt smoothie on my way out as I prepare myself for the insane traffic that is rush hour from Cary to Raleigh.
9:00 a.m. – Arrive at Centerline, grab a cup of coffee and head up to the treehouse to check my email and schedule before heading to our bi-weekly marketing meetings.
10:00 a.m. – Head downstairs to the kitchen to reload on coffee and get one of four things (depending on my mood on any given day): oatmeal, cereal, a banana, or an apple with peanut butter. From there, I map out my day and make a to-do list in my notebook.
11:00 a.m. – Schedule any necessary interviews for blog postings or LinkedIn Spotlights, and once those are all set up, start putting together draft edits of each post I have on my plate.
1:00 p.m. – Reach out to photographer for employee photos, and confirm dates and payment. Make sure the sign-up spreadsheet that goes with it is all good to go, and also double check that everyone in the company has signed up for a timeslot.
2:15 p.m. – Sit in on a discussion about VR and talk out how we can incorporate that into our business here. Thinking through the point of view that digital and live are one in the same, in contrast to the common assumptions already existing around the subject.
3:00 p.m. – Sit with Courtney, our graphic designer and marketing coordinator, and watch her manipulate InDesign files so that I can take a stab at making my own blog graphics for the website.
4:15 p.m. – Check my email, see if I got any more feedback on anything writing-concerned, and send whatever I have off for approval to Mary-Hanley, Brittany and Erin. Once that’s done, wrap up the day with any additional research needed on editorial calendars, events to attend, or awards to apply for.
5:00 p.m. – My day is done, and into rush hour traffic I go.
I chose a Monday since Mondays tend to be a little more structured for me but it’s important to note that every day here is different than the one before — and that’s why I love agency life.
Outside of a few recurring weekly meetings there’s always a new project to work on, a new blog to write or a new discussion to have. I’ve been able to be a part of so many intriguing conversations about how to optimize our social analytics metrics, inbound marketing versus outbound marketing strategies, and how content can mean a lot more than just text written down on paper. While I may not have been contributing to the creation of said content in these meetings, I’ve had the opportunity to be a sponge. I’ve been able to just absorb everything that the talented people at this company have to offer – which is brilliant, modern marketing solutions.
I’ve interned here for three summers in a row, now, but this summer has been so different than the first two. I started out as a 19 year old who knew virtually nothing about marketing in any sense of the word. Since that first day in 2014, I’ve grown a little bit more each day, and I’ve grown confident and comfortable in this fast paced atmosphere being surrounded by all of these innovative minds.
Now, I’m a 21 year old going into her senior year of college, and frankly, feeling pretty sad that I have to leave at all. This time around has been a great opportunity for me to continue my personal growth when it comes to all things marketing and digital, and the fact that I’ve gotten to intern three times has been the icing on the cake. I’m so grateful to have had these experiences, and overall, I’m really grateful to have been able to call myself a Centerliner.
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