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The most heart-warming, rewarding and hard-working months

The most heart-warming, rewarding and hard-working months

To Future RMD Interns:

The next two and a half months at RMD Advertising are going to be the most heart-warming, rewarding, hard-working months you’ll have. RMD is a special place where you’ll be surrounded by people who want to see you learn and grow, who enjoy laughing and sharing in good times, but who also buckle down and work hard.

Ali

I know from my internship, working at RMD is an experience I’ll never forget. I want to share with you the five pieces of advice I have that you should keep in your back pocket as you experience RMD for yourself.

1. Be Open-Minded: Your first week as an intern will be exciting and overwhelming. You’ll be learning so much, very quickly. Be a sponge. Soak it all in and definitely, take notes.

2. Ask Questions: Show your curiosity, and don’t be afraid that the words coming out of your mouth might feel silly. RMDers will go above and beyond to make sure you understand what you don’t yet know!

3. Overcommunicate: I can’t stress this enough. It’s one RMD’s core values. If you’re having trouble understanding a task, RMDers will help you through it.

4. Be a Helping Hand: Agency life can get busy, but if you ask how you can help an RMDer, it will alleviate their stress and will show that you care. It’ll teach you that the team you’re playing on is bigger than any one player.

5. Share Your Ideas: Big or small, don’t be afraid to share ideas you have about a social media post or how to tackle an upcoming campaign. It shows that you’re willing to jump in and participate!

All of this and more that I’ve learned at RMD are life lessons I know I’ll carry with me throughout my career. Thank you RMD, for an incredible experience!

Ali C. Spring Intern ’16

Get ready to GROW

Get ready to GROW

When I tell people about working for RMD Advertising, I tell them to imagine the ideal modern ad agency and you’ve got a good start to understanding the environment that is RMD. An incredible team, comfortable working environments, dance breaks, and an eclectic creative suite are just some of the characteristics that make this hip and up-beat agency shine. But what makes it really stand out in terms of creating the best internship experience are the things I didn’t necessarily expect; the things that are a little bit less tangible. There is no way to describe it other than to say this agency is the MOST FUN work environment I’ve ever been in while at the same time being the MOST PRODUCTIVE.

It’s about this time that I should say that this agency isn’t for everyone. It takes a very special type of person to succeed with RMD Advertising. This internship isn’t for someone who is just looking to bolster their resume, although it will definitely do that. Honestly, this isn’t even just for someone who is looking to work hard, although you may be successful. This internship is for someone who is looking to GROW. In addition to being able to see the ins and outs of a national food advertising agency, you will learn more about time management, personal productivity, and personal development than you learned during the rest of your adult life.

So, if you feel that you’re passionate, driven, and ready to grow, then dive-in with RMD, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

-Jason Y, past RMD Intern

Lessons from the Front:
Experiences as a RMD Intern

Lessons from the Front:
Experiences as a RMD Intern

Finding any opportunity to gain experience and develop is key to the evaluation of an internship. The first weeks in a new position can be exciting, frightening and stressful all at once. At RMD, the interns jump right into the action! Thankfully, they offer a positive work culture that prioritizes team building and cultivating a friendly, supportive staff that has been key to my swift transition into the company.

RMD SPC Lessons from the front

RMD Advertising has provided an opportunity for me to gain exposure to multiple functions of a full advertising and public relations firm. Since my first week, I have learned media tracking and the process for calculating advertising equivalency, I have authored e-newsletters and developed social media content. In addition to growing my knowledge and skills as a young professional, there are a few bigger things I have learned overall:

1. Maximize your skills – Take the time management skills you learned in college and multiply them in order to meet the demands of the professional world. A day in college is 24 hours. A day in the professional world is 9 to 10 hours. Learning to be more efficient and realistic with my time, as to how long a task will take, has been difficult, frustrating and one of the most important opportunities of my development.

2. Professional teamwork – I’ve grown to appreciate group projects assigned in college because what I learned has translated to the professional work environment I am in today. Learning how my piece of the puzzle affects the team’s success and navigating how best to interact with different individuals in order to complete a task is key part of functioning throughout this internship.

3. Think positive – It’s important to maintain a positive, focused attitude. Each day changes with different challenges, successes, projects and deadlines. I have learned to maintain my positive attitude, keep my spirits up and a focused attitude in order to complete necessary tasks.

RMD Advertising SPC
It is understood that necessary steps need to be taken to move toward your preferred professional position. Each internship provides a unique set of experiences to learn and use in future endeavors. However, as an intern it is typical to be delegated groundwork and secondary responsibilities. I have found, as a purpose driven individual, it is necessary to realize the importance of each task you undertake and remind yourself of how this opportunity will take you one step closer to your goal.

At RMD, no small task is un-important. Each task, each rich experience contributes to my development and takes me a step further along my career path. I am excited to continue excelling in the program and gain further experience that will benefit my development as a young professional.

–Josiah K, Special Projects Coordinator

Life As An RMD Advertising Intern – Week 3

Life As An RMD Advertising Intern – Week 3

Christine is an intern at RMD Advertising and is in her third week. Having just learned of some personal challenges to confront as well as professional, Christine shares her thoughts/perspectives as seen through the eyes of a growing professional.

This week, I have learned some very important lessons at RMD Advertising. The first of which being that obstacles are bound to pop up, and you need to learn how to overcome these obstacles while moving forward.

Obstacles happen and at times, they are out of your control. As a professional, it’s your job to assess the situation, keep on moving forward, and learn to adapt. When you think of obstacles in a positive manner, it allows for an opportunity to learn and grow from.

This week, I have also really begun to understand the importance of prioritizing tasks. It is imperative to decipher what needs to be done when. Lean on your coworkers for help and help them prioritize the things that are most important in order for them to get their job done.

Lastly, I have learned that it is important to open up and let people help you when necessary. It is okay to ask for help, support (RMD Team), or even just a hug when you need it. In fact, this might just be the key to keeping a positive outlook when your day gets gloomy.

– C. Ernst

Life As An RMD Advertising Intern

Life As An RMD Advertising Intern

Being an intern can evokeRMD Advertising Intern a variety of emotions from excitement to stress and everything in between.  Being in a new environment can be scary, but it is important to embrace the opportunity you are presented with and jump in feet first.

Life in an advertising agency is fast-paced, exciting, stressful, and fascinating all in one.  There are always deadlines to be made, work to be done, and clients to please, which keeps everyone on their toes at all times.  Something can come up at any moment and you need to be prepared to jump in and help diffuse the situation at any time.

5 things that I have learned thus far at RMD Advertising:

1. Time management – it is important to prioritize your tasks. Understanding which tasks are time critical, which are best to be done in the morning vs. afternoon, and which need to be re-prioritized in order to complete other tasks that may come up.
2. Stress management – life can get stressful in an agency. It is important to know when to take a deep breath and keep on going or when you need to take a step back and regroup.  Managing your stress will allow your days to run much smoother!
3. Ask questions & take (lots & lots of) notes! – If you don’t know something, just ask! Someone will be willing to help point you in the right direction. Also, take lots of notes so you can refer to them in the future to get the tasks done.
4. Learn from your mistakes – nobody is perfect and as an intern, you are bound to make mistakes.  When a mistake is made, let everyone know, do what you can to fix the problem, and/or offer your help in finding a solution! Learning from your mistakes will help you grow both personally and professionally.
4. Explore your strengths & weaknesses – find out what you excel in and in what areas you could use more work. Soak up every opportunity you have to learn everything you can about an ad agency to find out where your strengths really lie.

In order to succeed, it is important to remember that you aren’t always going to have the answers. It is important to do the best work you can do and ask for help when it is needed.  Be confident in who you are and the work you produce, enjoy what you do, and never stop smiling!

-C.Ernst

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