Summer intern Annie Booz tells what she learned from her Vela marketing internship.

Annie Booz

Not often does a rising college junior find an internship. Even less often does a rising college junior find an internship at a company that treats its interns like they are full-time employees. And rarely does a rising college junior find an internship where she makes lifelong connections, friendships and memories.

At Vela, I have found all of that and more.

While I was excited about this internship before starting, I was not sure what to expect. Would I get to assist with projects, or would I just be grabbing coffee for the employees?

Thankfully, I’m able to report that I have been pleased and pleasantly surprised with all that I’ve been able to do this summer. Yes, from time to time I have grabbed coffee, but it always has been alongside my co-workers when we needed a treat.

I have helped with a variety of tasks and worked with a plethora of clients throughout my time at Vela. I have created at least five website analytics reports with the use of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint, and Google Analytics. I have also created social media content calendars and brainstormed content ideas. I have produced and placed content on WordPress, Facebook, Google Ads and more.

Most excitingly, I have also been able to lead some projects on my own, and take a stab at account managing, something I never really thought about prior to this internship. I have managed Vela’s estimating and budgeting project and case studies revamp project.

At Vela, I have done things I have always wanted to do. But, and more importantly, I have done things I never thought I would be able to do, or at least never thought I would be able to do as an intern. And, for the first time in my life, I have found myself taking skills I have learned in the classroom and applying them to the work I am doing in my job, which has been rewarding for me as a student.

While I am sad that my time at this wonderful company has come to an end, I am excited to return to school with a toolbox full of new skills and ideas. I leave Vela a harder worker, stronger communicator and writer, better strategic thinker and a more creative person overall. I could not be more grateful for the Vela team and all the opportunities they have given me.

If you’re interested in an internship at Vela, we’d like to hear from you. You can apply online for spring, summer or fall internships.