Internships make a difference and they are investments in your future! Often times, students are reluctant to persue internships because they worry they’ll be stuck doing menial tasks like getting coffee or making copies and let’s face it- no one wants to work for free. The truth is, although not all internships pay in cash, they do pay in other ways. Here’s howinternships

  1. Real world experience– Coming from a current intern at FLIRT, internships give you the opportunity to work hands on in a professional environment of your choosing. They  are a great way to test drive possible jobs and explore different career options.
  2. Networking– Working at FLIRT has allowed me to attend meetings and sit in on calls with several of our clients. By interacting with professionals you gain new connections and learn how to communicate in a professional environment.
  3. Resume builder– As a college student I understand the importance of a strong resume. Without one, you will get lost in a pool of thousands of other resumes. And not to mention, how can you have a strong resume without any experience?
  4. Time management–  I have become a master of time management. When you’re working in a fast paced environment you need to know that every minute counts.
  5. Career foundation– Internships provide you with the building blocks you need for your future.  It is critical that you choose your internships based on your interests and career prospects.

Over the years at FLIRT, we have had some tremendous interns. They all had exceptional communication skills on top of having a creative imagination that made them stand out above the rest. They were all willing to vocalize their thoughts and opinions and be themselves. We recently tracked some of them down and got the inside scoop on the next chapters of their lives:

toriTori Tasch

Interned with FLIRT from August 2011 to August 2013. Tori is currently working as a Strategist at LPK, a brand design and innovation agency, in Cincinnati. She has  done some volunteer work with Autism Speaks in both Chicago and Cincinnati. Some of her favorite FLIRT memories are Pete  singing goodbye songs (she witnessed three, all of which were hilarious), the birthday they filled her cubicle with balloons, and her interview, where the first thing Paul said to her was that she had to eat a whole canister of Garrett’ popcorn.

MMariaaria Handberg

Interned with FLIRT from January to December of 2012. Maria is currently working for Vision Critical, an international market research company, in Sydney, Australia.  Some of her key takeaways after spending a year with the FLIRT family is how important it is to feel supported by by your peers, mentors and superiors as it feeds directly into your level of investment and overall attitude towards the work you do and the people you do it for.

stephanieStephanie Jarosz

Interned with FLIRT from January to May of 2013. Stephanie is currently working at Ipos, which is an international market research company, where she specializes  in global brand tracking. Some of her key takeaways from FLIRT include the importance of “fitting in” with an organization. She also said that the culture of creativity, drive and, ultimately fun, made coming into the office everyday a real joy.

RachelRachael Anderson

Interned with FLIRT August 2013 to May of 2014. Rachel is currently working in the freelance world, where she works on designs for various bars and restaurants throughout Chicago, as  well as doing designs for wedding packages, company logos, band posters, birthday invites, and even PowerPoint layouts. Her words of wisdom to me were to take advantage of who you know or who you’ve met throughout your college career. Also,do exactly what you want to do, and don’t worry about what other people say has been her best move!

scottScott Diebel

Interned with FLIRT from June to August of 2014. Scott is currently working at InteractiveH2O in Chicago, a digital-marketing start-up specializing in social media and paid search  advertising. He works as a Digital Project Specialist, helping clients advertise on Google, Bing, Facebook, and YouTube. He credits FLIRT with giving him the skills and experience he needed to land a job and take on the “real world.”

After getting the chance to chat back and forth with some of our past interns, it was clear to me that they all can agree on one thing: that the opportunities and learning experiences they had while interning at FLIRT were immeasurable. And that the support, guidance and responsibility they were given helped all of them to grow professionally and personally. Once a FLIRTy, always a FLIRTy!