An Internship Fit for B.I.G.

by Cameron Ripley  |   |  Company Culture  |  0 comments

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The self-proclaimed B.I.G. Community Boost intern class (actually the Alpha Upsilon Omega (AYO) internship class) share in their intern promo video why applying for the Community Boost internship is a great decision… biggie smalls style.

Learn below from our most recent Community Boost internship class what their biggest challenges were and most memorable moments. Hear from a rockstar class what it takes to succeed at Community Boost and what its like being a cBC intern. As you can see, we here at Community Boost are not looking to oversell our internship program, we publically put out and share the feedback we receive from the team so you have a truer understanding of what to expect.


Internship Experience Feedback: Alina Esmailian

What was your most memorable moment from the program?
The most memorable moment for me was when the Project FLIGHT kids pitched their businesses at the Gamification event. I was so incredibly impressed by their delivery and confidence and really felt that we made a difference in their lives.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome?
The biggest challenge I personally had to overcome was my confidence during pitching my business idea. At first I was uncomfortable and knew that my delivery was weak. Towards the end I truly felt my confidence kick in and that the amount we practiced made a significant difference.
On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate your intern experience and why?
I would rate my intern experience an 8/10. At first we were all so incredibly connected and I think the pressure we felt coming into the office during the first phew phases of the internship made us feel the need to come in with our A game every time and improvement took place rapidly. I felt that a little bit of momentum was lost during the web dev & client work portion of the program (which is one of the most important parts) and think that a little more pressure, direction, and structure is needed. With that added, it’s definitely a 10/10 program. Amazing learning experience, and I was lucky to have had such amazing and patient teachers such as you guys.
What is your top advice for future classes?
My advice is to find something throughout the course of the internship that interests you and take that interest to the next level. By that, I mean use that new found interest as an opportunity to dedicate yourself to something (a project, business idea, client work, etc.) and take all of the skills that you learn from the first couple phases of the internship to see it through and have something completed from beginning to finish to be proud of in the end. This internship is an opportunity to prove that you are capable of quickly learning new skills and applying those skills to create, network, communicate clearly, and help others + yourself. Take advantage of your resources and be a team player- you just might end up working alongside one one of your future close friends. Good luck!


Internship Experience Feedback: Molly Rutgard

What was your most memorable moment from the program?

My most memorable moment of the program was the first day of project FLITE. I wasn’t sure what to expect but that day was truly unbelievable. The way everyone opened up was very inspiring and real. The kids wanted to succeed and be apart of something bigger then their own problems and hardships. I’m never going to forget their stories and the energy they had that day.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome?

Working without getting paid would have to be one. I also had a hard time motivating my Mentee in project FLITE. It was hard accepting that you can’t make someone do something they don’t want to do even though its in there best interest.

On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate your intern experience and why?

I would rate the internship at an 8. I know I have made life long friends through the internship program and for that I am eternally grateful. I learned a lot about website design, lean business model canvas and case studies. Shep was an amazing mentor and taught me a lot about social media and web design. He truly inspired me and I believe the other interns to be better people. James introduced me to several great books and his calming demeanor was very helpful throughout the stressful training. I also appreciated that James and Shep were willing to sit with me for hours teaching me the ins and outs of web design using word press.

I did not rank the internship at a ten because I thought there was a problem with organization. We were told we would only have 2 weeks of everyday training but then it changed to 3 weeks. I understand that things were hectic and offices were being moved. We also didn’t know we had meetings or powwows till maybe right before we had them. I thought the interns were very much in the dark for scheduling. We were constantly texting each other trying to figure out what was going on. I also thought there was a lack of direction when it came to assignments. I take partial blame for this because I probably directed my questions at the wrong people when I needed help understanding what had been assigned to me. In general I think the lack of organization and direction were two of my biggest problems with cBC internship. I also thought it was very confusing when all three of our bosses had different answers for questions we had. This caused confusion for me discerning what the assignments should actually look like.

All in all it was a good experience and I learned a lot. I thought that it was great that we had actual hands on client work and part of me wishes that I had done more with that opportunity. I would just like to thank cBC and eBoost for these past 6 months and the amazing opportunities they have provided me in the field of digital marketing.

What is your top advice for future classes?

I think you should take advantage of everything you are able to do in this internship. Most importantly learn as much as you possibly can about digital marketing and web design. These skills will help you in whatever path you choose in life. I would also take advantage of any client work that is offered and try to work on all the different clients. That way you can have experience in all aspects of digital marketing.


Internship Experience Feedback: Nathan Singer

What was your most memorable moment from the program?

The most memorable moment in the internship had to be the last day of our training when the BIG group and I presented our companies that we developed. It was a great feeling of accomplishment where all the training we went through until then came together. We lost some interns through the process but it only made the BIG group stronger not only as colleagues but as friends.

What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome?

The biggest challenge for me was Project Flite where we worked with Kearny High School mentoring a select few of their youth from their Digital Media Design division. The kids were amazing, but it was difficult to keep them motivated. It was a new experience teaching, mentoring, and advising my mentees in helping them grow their clothing line Brick Lane Clothing. In the end it all paid off. They were allowed to speak at large networking event with over 120 attendees. They stepped up and killed it. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life seeing their growth culminate into an amazing business pitch ending in a standing ovation.

On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate your intern experience and why?

My experience at Community Boost Consulting is 8 out of 10. Working with clients on actual projects has given me the real world experience I needed. I have learned so much and am always learning something new every day about digital marketing. However, with everything there are always its faults. At times there could be more organization and better planning. But with every start up there are going to be its ups and downs. Not everything is going to run perfectly. It is in those moments you find out what you are capable of and truly how dedicated you are to something. I will never forget the fact that Community Boost took a chance on me which is why I am with them to this day.


What is your top advice for future classes?

My advice for future classes is to challenge yourself. There are going to be things that you are not going to feel comfortable doing that they are going to make you do. Do not think of it as something that you have to do, think of it as a challenge that you want to do. In the end if you face it head on, whether it is speaking in front of a group of people, talking directly with clients, or trying to learn a new skill you have not even thought of doing; challenge yourself and you will not regret it.


(Best Intern Group)


Cameron Ripley

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