Interns are now working remotely?!

 

This week, we spoke with Senior Amy Auble and Junior Brian McDonald on their experiences working as remote interns for the summer. We were excited to hear what it is like to work outside the four walls of a cubicle and how their day-to-day differs from many other students.

Amy working from Wyoming

Amy working from Wyoming

Amy (A) works as a Marketing Intern for YOUHANGIT - a company that sells a product that helps you hang anything on the wall. Brian (B) works as a Content Intern for Needle’s Eye Media - a full-service Facebook Ad agency.


Q: What is your job description & some of your daily tasks?

A: I create YOUHANGIT's online presence. We push media out through Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. I use Hootsuite, a platform that automatically posts content at a desired time. Typically, I gather content from other online bloggers, personal photo shoots, company stock photos, and apps that provide free photos for my posts. I write different content for each platform and then post it! Every other week I send an update to my manager with the progress of the accounts and online sales.

B: I am responsible for creating, monitoring, and launching all of the content for 5 clients. Day to day, I review each client’s ad account and update or change the content or budget spend on the ads based on the data. Monthly, I strategize with the owner and founder of the company to increase sales and ad viewing. On the side, I also help my boss market her new podcast “Do Well and Do Good." (shameless plug to check it out!)

Q: How is it different getting these things done remote versus in an office?

A: It differs from an office because it allows flexibility to work from anywhere at the time that I chose. As long as I meet my deadlines, my manager doesn't care that I don't work 9am-5pm!

B: It is very strange working remotely because you need to be self motivated. I have a morning call with my boss to layout my work for the day and that is normally all the contact I have with her. It can be difficult not being in an office because working from home comes with a lot of distractions, so from this experience I have learned to be more disciplined.

 

Q: What are some of the pros and cons about working remotely?

A: A pro of remote work is definitely the flexibility aspect. I can hotspot from my phone and still get work done while on the way to a weekend trip to Moab. However, there's a lot less communication between me and my manager. It makes it harder to create a community around the people I work with when you don’t speak to people on a daily or weekly basis. It just depends what you want out of your work culture.  

B: It is great being able to work from home in the sense that I get to live at home and spend time with my family and friends. It’s great being able to wake up and not have to commute to an office! But missing from working remotely is the collaboration that happens in an office. My company only has 3 employees so I don’t have a lot of interaction with other people, which can make work lonely at times.

 

Q: What advice/tips would you give to someone wanting to work remote?

A: If you want to work remotely, learn a remote skill! There are so many online workshops or classes that you can take to help make yourself more marketable - especially in the social media marketing world. Pay attention to your interests and skills and see if you can morph those into a remote job.

B: DO IT! While I may not work remote in the future, the skills I have learned have already begun to translate into other aspects of my life. It is such a great way to build self-discipline, motivation, and general business skills that you won’t get in a traditional internship.


Have questions for Amy or Brian? Connect below!