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The Intern Experience at 10Fold

Far from just a lame B – Lister movie trying to prove that Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are still relevant and it’s these crazy millennials that are the ones out of touch with reality, internships are actually a critical step to success in the PR.

Unfortunately, internships have kind of a bad rap. Think cliché intern and what comes to mind? Coffee? Menial grunt work? Free labor? All too often that’s exactly the case.

But not all internships are created equal. At 10Fold, we pride ourselves on our internships and really believe our program to be a cut above the rest.

So what exactly sets an internship at 10Fold apart?

It’s paid. Always.

No not in experience, or possible college credit, but in cold hard bimonthly direct deposits. Because 10Fold understands you can’t pay your landlord with a glowing letter of recommendation.

You get real world experience.

We don’t bring in interns to be coffee fetchers or kitchen cleaners; if that’s all we thought you could do we wouldn’t want to hire you in the first place. Our interns are paired directly with a senior staff member on day one and immediately get started on real work. Bad news for aspiring pencil pushers, but great news for those driven to succeed.

You’re part of the team.

Interns aren’t some expendable resource that we renew every couple of months. At 10Fold we really believe that everyone we hire is becoming part of our team and we treat them accordingly; no intern coordinator that buffers the interns from the rest of the company, no exclusive training sessions for full time hires only, no battle royal where we pit all the interns against each other in gladiatorial combat to see who among them will earn the full time position (although we can all agree that would be the best way by far).

We care about our employees, and we celebrate when our interns are successful. Literally. Every Friday, in a meeting with everyone in the company from the CEO down, we make sure to let everyone know exactly how well our interns are doing. Sometimes we even do a little cheer.

Maybe that’s why we end up hiring 70% of the interns we employ.

But hey this could all just be some corporate sales pitch right? Well listen to what intern Nathan Zaragosa has to say about his time at 10Fold:

“I personally wanted to really grow from my internship, and gain skills I didn’t have before. From the moment I came into 10Fold, I’ve been assigned real projects that make impacts such as client social media content creation, event and award searches and outreach, and most recently pitching reporters. 10Fold went as far to ask the intern team to come up with ideas to improve training in the intern program! These projects not only help you grow your skillset, but make you feel like you’re making a difference in the company.”

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Internship Insight – Taking the first step

Walk in with good morning greetings; set up computer; rustle through kitchen putting lunch away and preparing breakfast; reconvene at desk and start on morning news reviews while eating. By my third week as an intern at Trainer Communications that became my morning routine.

Hi, name’s Grace. I’m an intern at Trainer and loving every minute of it. I came to Trainer with a marketing and communications background (specifically social media, event coordination, and video production, if you’re curious). My last job encompassed public relations (PR) and eventually it became apparent that PR is the path I should take. So, I moved back to the Bay Area to develop my skills within the agency setting.

I chose Trainer because I believe they understand that marketing and communications are becoming an integrated field, and feature public relations as their bread and butter. Trainer is a great place to learn solid PR skills because they combine PR, content development and social media for our clients.

There are so many ways your career can begin to grow. Below are 4 pieces of advice for my fellow young professionals.

Always be ready and willing.
Here at Trainer you learn the processes and then jump right in. Of course, no one is going to shove you in the fire and wish you the best of luck—questions are always encouraged and support is always provided. Just be ready to learn the traits to make you successful, and be willing to take on even the toughest challenges.

If you want to be a part of something, ASK!
Trainer definitely offers a wide variety of client services. When I offered to help cut videos, it landed me on the video production team. My willingness to contribute also provided the opportunity to help coordinate Trainer’s Media SharkTank event, providing tactical support for social media in addition to my daily duties on the security team. I’m telling you, ask.

Take time for you.
This is my favorite part about Trainer. They encourage you to close the laptop, step back, and take a break. If my colleagues didn’t remind me to pack up for the day, take lunch, or ask me to take a walk around the pond, work would be a lot harder.

Our first priority is to learn.
Most importantly, just know that you don’t have to take on the world at the beginning. It’s called the start for a reason. In the words of my account manager, “success is measured by the progress and growth as a professional.”

Justine’s Intern Experience Blog

Hi, my name is Justine Jordan and I had the opportunity to intern at Trainer Communications while I finished my last semester at San Jose State University. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a minor in sociology and was excited to be hired on as an Account Associate at Trainer and joined the security practice. To say that I have learned a lot in my time as an intern at Trainer would be an understatement. I have grown tremendously learning foundational PR skills but I also have a better grasp of how B2B PR works under marketing.

The talent that surrounds me is fantastic and I am very fortunate to work for a company that values collaboration, creativity and culture. Interning with Trainer was a wonderful experience and really helped me transition into the working world. The internship gave me the opportunity to get my foot into the door while building on my education, helped me develop professionally and fueled my confidence and my desire for PR.

As an intern I was given real responsibilities like: research for editorial trend pitching, as well as the opportunity to learn amazing new technology from our security clients. By honing those skills, I was able to help make beneficial contributions to the team long before being hired as an Account Associate. I come to work every day and I am consistently encouraged to challenge myself in all facets of public relations. The culture at Trainer allows young professionals to positively express opinions and, more importantly, makes you feel like you belong. As an intern, I was able to work with our CEO, Susan Thomas, to create a vlog on the way PR has changed over time. Not many interns are exposed to wonderful opportunities like those!

Because of my experience as an Intern, I am now able to help future interns transition into the public relations workforce by sharing my knowledge and skills I learned during my time. I am now able to hit the ground running as an Account Associate here at Trainer Communications and grow into a full-fledged PR pro!