This summer, Firehouse is hosting four interns in our media planning, account planning, creative and social media departments. This is a snapshot at what their experience has been like so far.
Elysia Hampel- Media Planning Intern
Born and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and having attended the University of Arkansas for college, I have long sought an opportunity to begin my career in this big ol’ city known as “Dallas.” Although I declared my major in advertising my sophomore year, I was never quite sure in which direction I wanted to go—Creative, Account Planning, Social Media, Media Planning… After taking the one Media Planning course offered at the UofA, I decided Media Planning was the perfect field for me. While I have my degree in-hand, I wanted to make sure that this was truly the direction in which I wanted to go before I signed a contract… and so we have it… I became an intern; but not only “an intern,” I became a Firehouse intern.
Since my first day here at Firehouse, I have been treated more like a part of the team as opposed to “just an intern.” I have been given real tasks to complete such as creating deliverables for clients, researching local publications in California and Illinois for one of Firehouse’s clients, Nothing Bundt Cakes, trafficking digital placements and sitting in on a multitude of meetings. Oh yea… I have also had the pleasure of celebrating Champagne Thursday and joining the Firehouse team on a bowling outing as well! In short, it has been a thrill working with such a great group of people these past four weeks. In fact, I actually look forward to waking up and coming to work at Firehouse. And really, how many people can say that about their job and actually mean it?
Loryn Thompson- Account Planning Intern
I have a confession to make. Before landing this internship, I had nearly a year-long agency crush on Firehouse. They seemed to me to be the epitome of agency life: small enough that you know everyone by name, quirky enough to spark creativity, and, most importantly, thoughtful enough to do great work.
Kellyn, my supervisor, was kind enough to let me shadow her for a day last January. She and Steve were very welcoming, so I was thrilled when they asked me to be their intern for the summer. Side note: if you’re looking for an internship or a job, I can’t stress how helpful shadowing is. Seriously, get yourself out there.
This past year, I decided that I would like to be an Account Planner. I love the idea of being a full-time problem-solver and question-answerer. But perhaps I’m also drawn to the discipline because it’s so very esoteric. An Account Planner’s job, as Kellyn told me, changes daily. Going into this internship, I really had no idea what my day-to-day activities would be. But just three weeks in, I’ve done some cool things. I’ve organized focus group participants, researched client competition, written surveys, participated in brainstorms and more. And she’s right, it has changed every day.
In larger agencies, there might be more of a routine for Account Planners. But in a small agency, they have to get scrappy and pitch in wherever is needed. I love that about Firehouse. But really, I also just love being here. The office itself is phenomenal, there’s always food around, and it’s almost as if being friendly is a hiring criteria. I’ll always consider myself lucky to have taken the first steps of my career here.
Natalia Vargas- Creative Intern
It’s often said that the first steps in a new direction are the hardest. Firehouse, with its smiling employees, inspiring creative, bring-your-dogs-to-work policy and foosball table, turned that idea on its head. They were welcoming from the very first day, and they’ve given me the opportunity to really immerse myself in agency life. So far, I’ve participated in client meetings, a photo shoot and a number of brainstorming and concepting sessions. I got to watch the new business process, and I’ve also had the opportunity to contribute to several projects.
In spite of my hour-long commute, I’m always excited to come to work every day. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed, perfect for creativity. And the people are fantastic. They’re motivated, welcoming, intelligent, inspiring and incredibly talented. They’re pretty much the bomb.
Lauren Heaton- Social Media Intern
Foosball table, disco ball, big screen TV’s and champagne, you’d think I was describing a trendy arcade instead of a highly efficient and creative advertising agency. But the atmosphere of Firehouse is exactly what makes it so awesome. It’s what keeps this machine of endless hard work and creativity running. To then explain that the work I do as an intern in the social media department largely includes being on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest all day, hard to imagine getting paid to work in an office like Firehouse.
It’s no surprise with how relevant social media is in today’s world, the role it plays in an agency. I have learned the programs used to measure social media usage, how to create reports on its productivity for clients and have had the opportunities to sit in on meetings of every department and learn how they each work with social media.
When you look at the details of Firehouse, there’s lots of work going on during all the play. The foosball games are where brainstorming ideas are being thrown around. The disco ball is in the center of the room where the vast majority of the agency works. And the TV’s and champagne can be where the agency celebrates and watches their hard work come to life.
Not to sound cliché’ but there really is nowhere to work like Firehouse. The balance of their work and play, the extremely welcoming and fun employees and constant amount of intelligence that is always present in the work. To say I have a summer internship doesn’t fit the role, I’ve come to call it, the Firehouse Summer Experience; and am loving every minute of it.