Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
[Mick] I am Mick van Kleef. I’m 17 years old and live in a village called Wormer in the Netherlands. I am studying marketing and communication at Horizon College in Hoorn. I have completed my first year well and started my second year with an internship at Social Blue. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my friends.
[Jesse] Hello, I’m Jesse Heddes. I’m 18 years old. I’m in my second year of marketing and communication, just like Mick. My interests are making music (on the laptop), listening to podcasts, playing sports (mostly football), and of course, being active on social media. I live in Wognum, which is half an hour by bike from the office.
[Jop] My name is Jop Kras, 18. I am currently studying Media Design at Media College in Amsterdam. In my spare time, I like to ride the bike and hang out with friends.
How did you find Social Blue?
[Mick + Jesse] When we were looking for the right place to complete our internship, our teacher shared a list of companies who have shown interest in hiring interns. Social Blue was added to this list and stood out with its description and photos of Hoorn office.
[Jop] I also received a list via my study program. I called Linda, Head of Creative Specialists, for more information and to find out if there were still slots available. After that, everything sort of fell into place.
Why did you choose Social Blue?
[Jesse] First of all, because the internship description and expectations were clearly written. Second of all, I was excited to help the marketers, have the opportunity to learn new tasks, and work for an international and English-speaking company.
[Jop] I agree with Jesse! Plus, the website has a professional appearance.
[Mick] For me, it was the fact that this is a company that focuses on generating leads, really taking into consideration the client’s satisfaction. I was also drawn to Social Blue because of its dedication to building long-term partnerships. I really liked that.
What do you like about your internship?
[Mick] The truly lovely colleagues! Everybody is friendly, fun and always willing to help us. From the start, they have made us a part of the team. This was shown, for example, in the fact that we also got a Christmas gift. It’s really nice that Social Blue values its interns and considers them part of the family.
[Jop] The colleagues are super chill, indeed.
[Jesse] I like that we weren’t hired to serve coffee, but we are actually getting responsibilities and tasks where we have a real opportunity to learn.
Could you describe how a day of work looks like?
[Mick + Jesse] The working hours are flexible. We can start between 8 and 9 AM. I prefer to start at 8 AM because then I’m off earlier in the afternoon. That means that I check the comments on several of our Facebook campaigns, answer inquiries, and react accordingly. Then, I join the marketing meeting in the morning. Furthermore, I help create ads and check targeting. I am also here to help the marketers with any requests they may have.
[Jop] As I work at a different department, I join the creative specialist meeting instead. My daily work varies, depending on the assignment given by Linda, my manager. I design and create ad visuals, videos, banners, and other creatives to enhance our clients’ ads.
What new things have you learned?
[Jop] I am learning how to maneuver and work with a 3D program for an assignment. I wish we were able to go to the office. Due to COVID-19, we are working from home, but I would like to have the experience of working in the office. I think that would be very conducive to my creative process.
[Jesse] When I do an assignment for school, I usually only use Word or such. During my internship, I have been able to learn to use multiple programs and switch between them. I have also worked on my communication skills. Most of the tasks require input from different people, and I have to connect with the team to complete my assignments.
[Mick] Although I would have liked to work at the office, I think that asking for help or making contact digitally has been easier than doing it physically. I agree with Jesse that this internship has taught me to communicate. My English has also been improving!
Did the internship live up to your expectations?
[Jesse] Yes, it has been more intense and more difficult than I expected. I have had more responsibilities than I thought I would have, which has taught me a lot.
[Jop] I agree with Jesse. We have had many responsibilities and have been made a part of the team from the start. I have learned a lot.
[Mick] I didn’t expect that we would be doing research as well. The internship lives up to the description that we have gotten from the start: moderating and helping the marketers. I also feel like we did quite a good job on the activities given. I’m proud of how we all have progressed.