This is part of a continuing series of "Summer Intern Chronicles" that Cape Cod Today will publish throughout the season. Many local college students undertake internship experiences during summer break. These internships can truly form a young person as a professional in their chosen career path. For many, the internship is their first work experience in the career they hope to pursue. These internship stories are intended to give the students an opportunity to share their experiences, showcase the work of their sponsoring organization and put in a plug for their college. The stories are written in the students' own words and published verbatim as submitted.
If your Cape & Islands or Plymouth organization hosts summer interns and you'd like them to participate, please email [email protected] and we will send you the project guidelines.
Sam Aronson from Fitchburg State University
My name is Sam Aronson, I’m originally from Charlton, MA and graduated from Fitchburg State University in 2017 with a B.S. in Professional Communication and a minor in Business Administration. I’m now living in New Bedford, MA and attending the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth pursuing my Masters in Professional Writing and Communication. During the school year I also am fortunate enough to work as a Teaching Fellow instructing the course of Business Communication. My current focuses are copywriting and rhetoric.
This summer I have been with Rogers & Gray Insurance as a Marketing Intern. Rogers & Gray is a growing MA-based insurance agency with offices spread across the Cape. The company deals in personal and business insurance with a wide range of offerings. In my role, I assist marketing efforts by writing, developing, and editing copy. I’ve been able to write for advertisements, internal communications, and a range of online content so far this summer, and also had the opportunity to work with some website development.
My time here has given me access to a great many tools, programs, and resources that I otherwise wouldn’t have gotten hands-on time with. Real marketing analytics and benchmarks can be difficult to come by as a student, but I’ve been given full access to the information available here at R&G and it’s been quite enlightening. One of the biggest advantages I’ve gained here is a much deeper knowledge of SEO copywriting. While courses I’ve taken have given me a preliminary understanding, I’ve been able to put these concepts to practice this summer. Having programs to examine and assist SEO has been helpful, especially alongside experienced professionals who are always ready to give me constructive feedback. My supervisor, CMO Lynn Mason-Small, has given me a range of writing opportunities and allowed me to approach problems creatively. From my first day I’ve felt heard, my ideas and suggestions have been taken seriously, and I feel like I’ve made an impact. At R&G I’ve never felt like an intern, I was trained and welcomed alongside full-time hires, and was never treated differently.
I took part in thorough and comprehensive training through the Rogers & Gray Academy during my first week. As someone with a limited knowledge of the insurance industry, this was incredibly helpful and allowed me to feel confident as I began my work writing about insurance. I’ve learned a great deal about the industry and practice this summer, and that’s mostly due to the overall culture I’ve found in the office. Every employee I’ve encountered at R&G has been incredibly friendly and more than willing to help. Any time I’ve had a question, big or small, I’ve been able to walk down the hall and ask just about anybody, regardless of whether or not I’ve met them yet.
My internship with Rogers & Gray has given me some critical real-world experience. I will be applying to jobs in the field of copywriting as I approach my graduation next year, and I have gained valuable portfolio materials that have been or will be used in real campaigns. I feel very lucky to have worked with R&G and I’d recommend interning here.
For any students seeking internships, my biggest piece of advice is to keep an open mind. Don’t limit your searches to your dream company, or even just to your desired field. Take some time to look at everything you can find, and think about what you can get out of an internship, either in experience or portfolio materials. There are so many opportunities that you may not think apply you at a glance, but when you look a bit deeper into the role and responsibilities you may find that it’s perfect for you.