Hard to believe that another Firehouse Summer Internship program has come to an end already. We were lucky to have five fantastic interns who gave us two months of hard work in addition to a couple of great ideas here and there. See what three of our interns had to say about their internship at Firehouse this summer:
Jay (Creative): I was a late bloomer. No, not in that way, I mean in terms of my motor skills development. From my later single-digit years well into my tweens, the half-joking half-serious worry from my mother, coupled with her threat of finding a motor skills workshop to enroll me in will remain one of my most vivid memories of her. All because I wasn’t very good at tying my shoes or buttoning buttons! Come on, I eventually figured it out right?
Anyways, flash-forward a decade later to a place called Firehouse where I find myself standing in front of a foosball table; motor skills hell. Suddenly, this grown man is revisiting that terrifying place his younger self swore he’d never return to. That daunting feeling is bigger than ever.
I have never played as much foosball in my entire life as I have throughout the course of this summer. The saying goes: “Work hard, play hard,” and I can honestly say that there is nowhere else that I have been thus far that embodies this as much as Firehouse does. Not only did I learn to not flinch (that hard) at JY’s high-speed missile launches towards me on the foosball table, I learned a great deal about advertising in a setting surrounded people who have a genuine passion for it. That is something that isn’t always guaranteed in a classroom setting. I know many people’s first agency experience isn’t always a pleasant one, I’m extremely grateful to be one of the lucky ones.
Kylie (Account Management):
My experience at Firehouse as a summer intern has been the most fun and exciting experience that I could have ever imagined. I cannot even begin to describe how much I have loved being here.
I came in on the first day having no real-life agency experience or previous internships, and I am leaving now with a wealth of knowledge in Account Management.
From day one, you are immediately integrated into the work Firehouse produces. For me, that was immediately meeting clients, learning the process in which Firehouse produces work, going on production, learning the post-production leg-work, gaining knowledge in how to write up briefs. You name it, we did it. I can say this experience helped me because it showed me this is what I really want to do, and Account Management is my area of interest.
I would say the best thing about Firehouse is the people. You ask any employee here if they like coming to work, like I did, and none of them will say they hate working here. And that’s the truth! I know that because I felt that way while I was here. I worked for Firehouse for 39 days total. 38 out of the 39 I woke up excited to come to work and ready to take on new challenges. The last day, Day 39, was the only day I didn’t want to come into Firehouse. That was because I didn’t want to have to say goodbye to the wonderful people I had been so lucky to have worked with.
This type of agency is one of a kind. I would HIGHLY recommend applying for the internships at Firehouse to anyone who thinks advertising is what they want to pursue. These people treat one another like family, and they will definitely be people I will stay connected with as I grow and develop my career.
Chase (Creative): It’s been a very fast couple of months here at Firehouse – which to the surprise of several friends and family members, have not been spent commuting down from Denton each morning to learn how to make subs.
No, a job at the franchised submarine sandwich shop will only be in order if this whole art director thing doesn’t work out, but judging from my 8+ weeks here, I feel confident in saying that I may not need to brush up on my meatball sub-making skills, after all.
Everyone here has been extremely encouraging, welcoming and helpful and have all contributed to making me feel as if I’m not merely a passerby for the summer but a part of the family.
I’ve learned so much in such a short period of time about how to work in advertising. For example, in just 2 months I’ve learned that you’re required to have a beer or a cocktail after 3 p.m., meetings don’t actually start until 10 minutes after they’re supposed to, and The Babyarm is a really valuable skill to obtain in foosball if you’re lucky enough to master it. To think of the leg-up I now have over all of my peers armed (no pun intended) with this information gets me excited for the future.
But on a slightly more genuine note, it really has been a fun time and I’m sad to see it expire. Aside from my knowledge gained on summer cocktails and at the foosball table, its been a learning experience just being able to watch everyone work, either from a distance or up-close in person. One of my professors back at school always tells me to “be a sponge” and “absorb everything you can,” and all I’ve tried to do is just that – to absorb, to learn and to get better. These are priceless experiences that I hope I can take from this summer and really build upon – if not, I suppose there are always subs to be made.