The End of the Beginning

Now that the intern program has been over for a couple of weeks and everyone has returned to school, it’s a little easier to reflect on the how the program went overall. Obviously, the other intern-coordinator and I had our work cut out for us. Building a program from almost scratch was definitely no easy task. As you may know from my past post about the program, we created the application portion of the website (fully equipped with descriptions and original graphics), we sourced every resume, we chose the top 2-3 candidates for every position, and we sat in on every interview then proceeded to make recommendations on who we thought should be hired. Happy H
But of course, it did not stop there. We found mentors for each intern, within our company who would not only serve as their supervisors, but also some one that they could really learn from and take away from the program.
This actually worked a lot better than we had hoped, because when the midway evaluations came along, we got positive reviews from both the interns and the mentors about their experiences with one and other.

The interns with our Chairman, Tony Dieste, and our CMO, Carla Eboli.
The interns with our Chairman, Tony Dieste, and our CMO, Carla Eboli.

Other than that, we also assigned the whole intern class with a group project to be presented at the end of their semester to the whole agency! Needless to day, they were a bit nervous, but overall they did very well.

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Mariano and I thanking the whole agency for trusting us to carry out the program.

Even though Dieste primarily likes to have a summer intern program to help educate and support young students who are wanting to learn more about the industry, we as inter-coordinators, learned a lot! We learned how to present in front of leadership, manage not only our day to day jobs, but this “side” project as well, and, most importantly, we learned to manage people. This was great for me, because being an AAE, it is not something that I am able to do very often. Surprisingly, I think I’m cut out it for it more than I anticipated. But of course, this is something we definitely could not have done alone. We had the support of the whole leadership team, as well as all the mentors and HR! It was a great experience, not only for the interns, but for us too. And I’m happy to say, that two interns even got hired full-time! It was definitely successful!

College Day
Just some of our employees and interns showing off some school spirit!

 

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The End of the Beginning

My Life as an Intern Coordinator: In The Making

Now that it’s here, I can share some exciting news! Another AAE at my company, Mariano, and I have been working together since September of last year to come up with a better internship for our company.
Last year, when Mariano and I had just started here, at Dieste, we saw some of the summer internship program. While Dieste had been doing internships in the past, there was also not a streamlined process on how they were hired or their overall time here. I’m sure that the interns still learned a lot (as you always do being fully emerged in something), but Mariano and are so close to that time period in our lives, that we could not help but come up with ideas on how to make it better. Because ultimately, this is an opportunity for a great learning experience, as well as a chance for companies to get an exciting word-of-mouth out, from the ground up!

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So, Mariano and I came up with a plan of recruiting, how the program would work, and a budget to carry all of it out. Now, I have definitely worked hard to get where I am in life, I have never had too many handouts, but this is something that he and I both were very passionate about. We went to many Texas colleges, we used our social media capabilities to post about and advertise the internship on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. We are both the type of people, who when we do something, we go all out!

One of the 6 fun and bright images we used to promote the internship.
One of the 6 fun and bright images we used to promote the internship.
Mariano and I at the Texas Tech Career Development Conference, where I also spoke as a recent young professional.
Mariano and I at the Texas Tech Career Development Conference, where I also spoke as a recent young professional.
Dieste Internships featured on UT's Communications page
Dieste Internships featured on UT’s Communications page
Jesse, one of our Community Managers, and Mariano representing Dieste at Texas State Spring Mass Communication Career Fair.
Jesse, one of our Community Managers, and Mariano representing Dieste at Texas State Spring Mass Communication Career Fair.

We definitely had a lot of help! Leadership got involved to oversee that our vision went out, we had a creative “dupla” (that’s what we call a partnership between copywriter and art director here) assigned to us to create the visual content, our community managers helped us spread the word, and we had a producer and art director help us come up with and carry out this beautiful webpage on our site!

Page on Dieste.com - About the internship and each position.
Page on Dieste.com – About the internship and each position.
In dept descriptions/requirements about each of the 7 positions was broken out individually.
In dept descriptions/requirements about each of the 7 positions was broken out individually.
After we, and our amazing dupla, presented the creative look to the CEO, Greg Knipp.
After we, and our amazing dupla, presented the creative look to the CEO, Greg Knipp.

Then, when all of this was said and done, all there was left to do was review the flow of resumes that came in and work with the mentors on who they would want to interview! Mariano and I set up interviews, and attended as many as we could. We hand selected some of the best of the best! And we really do think this is going to be a great class.

Yesterday was the first day of the internship, and I can’t even begin to tell you how rewarding it has been already. While I haven’t gotten a raise (although, that would be nice!) or a fancy new title, I have learned so much on my own about collaborating with all kinds of different people in the agency and really building something from the ground up! Honestly, if this could be my job all the time, I would love it!

Our interns with the paleta truck :)
Our interns with the paleta truck 🙂

Please stay tuned to hear more about the internship program at Dieste and my life as an Intern Coordinator.

My Life as an Intern Coordinator: In The Making