What is your past history with Brains on Fire?
I worked at Brains on Fire during the summer of 2015 as a Community Management Intern, and I loved it! At that time, the Community team consisted of only two people (not including myself), so it’s safe to say that Brains has grown a lot in the last year and a half.
Why did you decide to come back for another round?
It’s a little atypical, but I graduated in December and realized that I wouldn’t start my full time job until this summer. I figured that the time I have left in Greenville would be best spent putting my skills to good use. Realistically, though, I came back for the same reason that anyone would come back: the people here are incredible. I’m grateful to be back here, I love this place.
What was the greatest lesson you learned during your first internship at BOF?
Never answer the company phone in the restroom.
I also learned what my strengths and weaknesses are in the workplace (see: answered phone in restroom) and discovered where my passions lie within the industry. It gave me an opportunity to figure out what I wanted to do and where I saw my career going. Takeaway: self-awareness is important and it’s ok to embarrass yourself every now and then.
I’m only 50% joking about the phone thing, though.
What are you hoping to learn more about this round?
I came into this experience with a blank slate, but I’m hoping to learn more about how the agency acquires new clientele, how we build client strategies, and how to hone my writing chops.
What are you hoping to do after your BOF internship?
After my apprenticeship I plan on moving to Boston, Massachusetts, to start my career as a creative strategist at a large agency. If anyone has any tried and true tips for surviving northeastern winters, I welcome your advice!
What do you think is the biggest misperception about millennials in the workplace?
Oh boy, here I go.
To dispel what I believe is one of the biggest misconceptions, Nielson recently came out with a report that shows adults 35-49 (Gen X) actually spend more time on social media than the generations below them (Millennials and Gen Z). Millennials aren’t obsessed with social media, we were simply the early adopters. You can read more about it here.
Could we all agree to stop writing articles about millennials now?
What do you think is the BEST thing about millennials in the workplace?
As a generation, we tend to seek meaning in our jobs and we love to give back. In 2014, almost 85% of millennials gave charitably and roughly 70% volunteered, according to an article by the Philanthropist. We want to work for ethical organizations. I think that’s cool.
What advice to do you have for future BOF interns?
Don’t answer the phone in the restroom.
Just kidding. Put your best foot forward and take full advantage of the opportunity you’ve been given. Brains on Fire is filled to the brim with smart people who have a wealth of experiences that they’re happy to share.