This guest post is authored by Jeremy Mintz, Boingo’s summer marketing intern and Junior at Tulane University.
It’s true. As the intern, I’m the low man on the totem pole. But don’t let that fool you. In just my third week at Boingo, I feel just as valued as any other employee. From the first day of work I have felt welcomed and wanted. Everybody was quick to let me know that if I needed anything, they were there to help.
I now find myself in the thick of things, getting to work on some broadband projects. But before I tell you about that, let me discuss the corporate culture here at Boingo. From the top executives all the way down to new guys, everyone is friendly and willing to take time out of their day to talk or assist in any way they can. I often find myself shooting the breeze with our very busy CFO. In my first week, I was able to book an introduction meeting with our just as busy CMO. Additionally, I have had the chance to sit down with just about every member of the Marketing department to discuss their role at Boingo. Yesterday, I got a massage in the office. That’s pretty cool. I get to wear jeans and a comfortable shirt to work every day. No complaints there. I can take my lunch break whenever I desire. Not bad. And whenever I need a breather, I can go to the café to grab a drink or a snack, or I can go to Tavern to watch some TV or shoot pool. Sounds like somewhere you would want to work, right?
Working in our colorful, open cubicles allows for collaboration amongst everyone. It is not uncommon to hear people talking across the bullpen about the wording of an email being sent to customers, the color or design of a webpage, or even a Netflix show that someone is in the middle of binge watching. Personally, I engage in conversations that range in topic from what questions do we ask our broadband customers in our next focus group to how the Dodgers managed to blow the game last night.
I am currently teaming with Travis and Julie, working on some promotions and sponsoring parties at military bases in an effort to gain broadband customers. It’s a very interesting and niche customer base; not your average citizen. I am fortunate enough to have smart and creative coworkers around me that give me the opportunity to be heard and take my ideas seriously. I recently suggested a refer-a-friend program at one of the bases, and the proposal was accepted. I am now putting the wheels in motion and I have written up a creative brief and rough draft of the project. It is very cool and empowering to add value to a public company as a college student, and I am humbled by the opportunity that Boingo has given me. I look forward to everything that still lies ahead in my summer internship. I will be sure to share the details with you.