It’s hard to believe I’m already three weeks into my senior year at Duke! It has been a whirlwind of classes, job applications, and reunions with friends, but I feel like I can’t fully delve into the details of senior year until I recap the amazing summer experience I recently finished.
This summer was my very first spent in Durham. Although many of my friends have completed a summer session or two at Duke, the two summer sessions I completed were study abroad programs, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I accepted my marketing internship with a local company. However, looking back on it, I can’t imagine having spent summer another way.
During my internship with Rubberbanditz, LLC, a fitness innovation start-up in downtown Durham, I offered administrative support for day to day operations as well as managing my own individual projects. More specifically, my projects included public relations outreach, creating a marketing plan to target different demographics, and revamping and managing the company’s fitness blog and social media outlets. Basically, despite my title as “Marketing Intern,” I wore many hats during my time with the organization, adapting my skills to help out with whatever needed to be done. More than that, I worked with amazing people, networked with other local entrepreneurs, and made new friends in my two fellow interns.
When I wasn’t working, I had the opportunity to get to know Durham, something I hadn’t really accomplished during my previous three years at Duke. I bonded with my fellow Blue Devils that were in the area conducting research, completing classes, or interning for other local companies. I celebrated my twenty-first birthday, attempted to eat at as many restaurants as possible, and even snuck in a quick beach trip. I ended the summer with great memories, new skills, and a better idea of what I want to do after graduation (don’t worry, you’ll be able to hear all about that in future posts!). I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have asked for more.
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