This guest post is authored by Jeremy Mintz, Boingo’s summer marketing intern and Junior at Tulane University.
To tell you the truth, I was a little worried. Never have I taken on responsibility like this before. But while I write in sadness as my internship comes to a close, I am happy to report that I have truly come a long way. I have learned so much this summer at Boingo, not only about marketing and the workplace in general, but about myself.
Aside from individual projects and assignments that I’ve gained tremendous experience from, perhaps the most captivating part has been witnessing how the business comes together through meticulous collaboration and teamwork. A prime example of this was the Hackathon, a marathon style event that saw engineers team up with marketers and HR specialists join forces with finance gurus in an attempt to create an idea that could catapult the business forward. I was able to be a part of it by acting as an ambassador, along with Spencer Johnson, with whom I forged a friendship throughout the event that kept us at the office well beyond normal work hours. Although I did not contribute to a team, I was able to observe the outstanding teamwork that many individuals displayed throughout the competition. Some people stayed until 2 a.m. and were back in the office at 6 a.m. the next morning to ensure that their idea came to fruition. Although only one team could be crowned the victors, after 36 hours of sleepless and stressful thinking, coding, and designing, all 13 teams presented viable ideas that could be applied to the day-to-day operations of Boingo and contribute to its success.
Having been with Boingo for roughly a quarter of its business year, it was very interesting to see the All Hands meeting that recapped the timespan. I also had the chance to help make sure that the event ran smoothly by helping with logistical details leading up to the meeting. I picked some of the music and my recruiting video debuted at the meeting that took place at the Hammer Museum. Additionally, I was pleased to learn that Boingo is fresh off of its best ever quarter, having increased revenue by 21%. The positive energy of the executives and the crowd that consisted of 200+ Boingo employees was truly representative of the recent success that Boingo has achieved. I am just humbled and happy to have been a part of it.
Lastly, before I sign off for good, I would like to give a special shout out to a few people who have made my internship possible and extraordinary. First, to Dawn Callahan, the incredible woman and Chief Marketing Officer who runs the awesome department that I worked with this summer- I know that I did not interact with you too often, but the work ethic, personality, intelligence and ambitiousness of the marketing department is indicative of your strong leadership and thirst for constant improvement that continues to drive the business forward. Your team of champions, myself included, has a deep respect for you. Secondly, to Pete Hovenier, Boingo’s Chief Financial Officer- thank you for trusting my ability to add value to Boingo and for giving me the opportunity to work here. Thirdly, to Bethany Ellis and the entire HR team- thanks for making Boingo a remarkable place to work. You guys make work feel like summer camp- the kind where you beg your mom to let you go an extra session. To Lauren de la Fuente- thank you for taking me under your wing and letting me play an instrumental role in so many meaningful projects this summer. And finally, to everyone in the marketing department and anyone else that I have interacted with and neglected to individually mention, thank you for always being patient, eager, and willing to show me the ropes of the business. It wouldn’t have been possible without all of you.
Unfortunately, this marks an ending to the most amazing experience I could have ever asked for. As I close the door to an unforgettable summer, I take with me a newfound pride and belief in myself, priceless marketing and business experience, meaningful relationships, and tons of swag (the tangible kind- shirts, bags, cups, chargers, mouse pads, and much more). I cannot wait to track Boingo’s future endeavors. I am expecting big things.
It’s been real,