Internship Do’s and Don’ts

By Amanda Eggert

I’m quickly approaching my one year anniversary as an intern at Laughlin Constable. As such, I’d like to share what I’ve discovered to be proper “intern etiquette” within the advertising industry. (Yes, this is subjective so take it with a grain of salt.)

• DO introduce yourself to anyone and everyone. Name and face recognition never hurt at a large agency.
• DO ask questions. This follows nicely from my previous point. Pick the brain of those around you: Ask about job duties, industry trends, school experience, etc. After all, you’re there to learn!
• DO find a mentor. Entering an agency, or any organization for that matter, is much easier when you have someone to ask questions and introduce you to the corporate culture. (Thanks to my mentor, Dennis!!)
• DO look before you leap. When entering an organization it’s necessary to sit back and observe before actively joining.
• DON’T complain about small or menial tasks. Face it, you’re working your way up. Prove you’re willing to help no matter what and people will notice.
• DON’T dress down…unless you’re a creative. It’s an easy trap to fall into—especially in advertising—but I’ve found that looking professional gains the respect of your superiors.
• DON’T be cocky. You’re just an intern and have a lot to learn. After all, that’s why you’re there.

So there you have it. The pillars that have carried me this far.

Amanda Eggert is a senior studying advertising and communication at Marquette. She currently interns for Milwaukee advertising agency Laughlin Constable in the company’s online and digital department. Amanda will share her experience interning in the advertising world throughout the course of the semester.

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