I landed my first internship with FlagCenter.com, LLC the spring of my sophomore year. I was unaware of what I was to be doing and knew nothing about flags. However, I did know that I wanted (and needed) some sort of internship experience, so I applied. During my year and a half stay with FlagCenter, I learned an array of new concepts that actually aided me in landing my internship with Farmhouse. As a Web intern, I learned a lot about the back end process of retail websites. When I first started, the company was at the peak of generating a modern and updated version of their site and I would be solely in charge of making sure all products from the old website were transferred to the new one. Besides mass inventory input, I also created monthly promotions for various products, updated and edited inventory levels, and helped with overall maintenance of the company’s entire Web presence. I worked to extend FlagCenter’s business onto Amazon and also mastered Google AdWords and Google Analytics.
This company allowed me to grow as a professional. I spent many days communicating with various marketing agencies and advertising companies that wanted to take FlagCenter on as a client. I would sit in with my boss on meetings and was also involved in designing and planning ad materials for billboards and marketing collateral. Though it was extremely hard to leave this wonderful company of about five employees, I knew I had outgrown my position and needed to do something more. It is always important to step outside of your comfort zone or aimed career path and experience things that are different. That out-of-the-box experience could easily evolve you into the best candidate for what you really aspire to do.
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