It’s that time of year again—internship-hunting season. Recent grads (and students) are looking for real-world experiences to help shape their career paths, and companies are welcoming young talent inside their doors for on-the-job opportunities that benefit both parties. At VSA, we pride our program on its ability to build the professional credentials of college students and recent graduates. Our interns work across branding, design, marketing, and technology on real projects for VSA clients. We aim to teach best practices from teams and mentors while building a professional network in a rapidly growing industry.
As VSA gears up for hiring summer 2016 interns (official internship postings will go live Friday, January 29), we will be publishing a series of Q&As with VSA-interns-turned-employees about their summer stints at the company. Here is what Caroline Salis, an alum of our 2015 program, and now a Content Strategist, had to say.
Describe the culture of VSA using words that begin with V, S, and A
Voracious for success in that everyone is very focused on doing well in their work. S is for social in that if you put yourself out there you will be welcomed with open arms. A is for appropriate in that there’s a line between social and work.
What helped you get through some of the more busy days at VSA?
Seeing how hard everybody else was working…and the snack drawer.
What surprised you the most about your internship with VSA?
I was definitely surprised by how close I got with the other interns.
What made VSA stand out among other agencies you were looking at?
Every part of the interview process at VSA made me feel wanted and appreciated.
What kind of projects did you work on?
I worked on a lot of projects that involved re-organizing websites for big name brands.
What are some industry tips you learned while interning that you still use today?
I learned to always say ‘YES’ and to be better at reading emails.