Below is the latest entry in our Summer Intern Chronicles story. If you are an intern on Cape Cod or you have an intern working with you this summer, please contact [email protected] to participate in this series of articles.
My name is Ryan Dombrowski, and I am from Barnstable, Massachusetts. I am entering my senior year at Boston College, where I am studying psychology and marketing. This summer, I am a marketing intern for The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod.
Although I’ve only been here for a few weeks, I’ve learned so much about the industry and more importantly the traits of a successful employee and team. Over the years, I’ve worked on group projects and have been part of many teams, both in the classroom and on the field. However, the experience I’ve gained from collaborating with dozens of employees and different business units in an organization that is almost 100 years old has been priceless.
Marketing requires a lot of forecasting, flexibility, and creative thinking. As the marketing intern, I have been responsible for many things. I have been introduced to strategic marketing plans and budgets, which I have utilized to help plan and develop content, advertising campaigns, social media posts, and community events for the bank. I have learned how to use Adobe Photoshop and InDesign to curate such content, and I have come up with resourceful ways to promote our brand, increase impressions, and continue to drive traffic across various platforms. It’s rewarding to be involved in the planning and execution of our marketing plan, and it’s imperative to ensure the work I do aligns with our brand.
This role has demonstrated the importance of cultivating genuine client relationships and having a strong community outreach. As an ambassador for the bank at networking and community events, I realized the positive effect this has and how vital it is to an organization’s success. Having taken marketing classes in school, I thought I had a good understanding of the role, but The Coop has opened my eyes to how much more I still have to learn and I really look forward to what the rest of the summer has in store.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing people at The Coop. Everyone has welcomed me as if I were family, and it makes working here enjoyable, collaborative, and exciting. Working within the marketing department has been fantastic. The guidance, insight, and mentoring I have received has been exceptional, and it has contributed toward my personal and professional growth this summer. This has given me confirmation in my career path, and I cannot thank them enough for placing their utmost trust in my abilities.
To any anxious students questioning their future, I recommend that you’re open to trying new things and you “put yourself out there.” Follow your passions and your interests, be persistent, and be open to all opportunities. I promise you’ll have a better idea of what role and path you want after trying it. Lastly, it can be easy to shy away and think that your opinion isn’t valued as an intern. However, I urge you to be a proactive team member who provides valued insights and perspectives. I can guarantee that you will get more out of the experience and so will your team.