We asked our intern, Pete Thuli, to write up a post regarding his time with us this summer. Here is what he came up with!
Growing up in a 5,000 person town in Wisconsin, I had my eye on making it to the big city for as long as I can remember. And while I might not have known which city I wanted to end up in, my first priority was always to be a part of a company that truly wants to impact the world that we live in. So after stumbling upon Verbal+Visual’s mission statement amidst a slew of generic web companies, I honed my efforts on becoming a part of their team.
Everyone knows that being an intern isn’t the most glamorous job, but in today’s world most of us accept it as a crucial stepping stone on the way to success. Little did I know that “interning” at Verbal+Visual would be one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had to date. Instead of the typical coffee runs and dry cleaning pickups, I was thrown right into the fast-paced nature of a digital agency. I got to work directly with clients to create and implement marketing and social media strategies, assist the business development team in building proposals for startups and nonprofits, assist the developers in forming backends of websites with Shopify and WordPress, and generate Google Analytic reports to optimize web traffic for our clients.
Outside the work day (and let’s be honest, sometimes during it) the V+V team knows how to have fun. From cheering on the U.S. amidst World Cup mania, to one of their company outings over oysters and beer in Union Square, this isn’t your parents’ kind of company.
Oh, and did I mention how great the people are? The interactive designers are bursting with creative energy, the developers are incredible problem solvers, the business development team knows how to network with the coolest clients, and the project manager is able to magically serve as a communication hub for everyone. Four years of business school taught me a lot, but watching the V+V team in action was a crash course impossible of being learned within classroom walls.
After it’s all said and done, my time at V+V proved to be the most rewarding internship I ever could have hoped for. I can’t wait to see what awesome projects they put out next!
We are so fortunate to have had Pete with us all summer, yet we are sad to see him leave. We wish him the best of luck in his next endeavors, and hope we will have him back in the future!
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss.