Diary of a Tiki-tern: Kate Schreiber
I graduated in the spring of 2010 from Augsburg College with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Administration. Like many college graduates, I was unsure of what I wanted to do with my degree. I began my internship with Digital Tiki in April as one of the event-planning coordinators. My main responsibility has been planning the upcoming WordCamp Minneapolis-St. Paul which will be held in November. Not only have I learned a ton about event-planning, but I have also had the chance to get my feet wet in marketing, public relations, human resources, graphic design, and web development related projects. Digital Tiki is a small in-house marketing firm, and from my experience, DT’s size has been very beneficial because I have had the flexibility to work in areas which interest me. Since I have worked on projects in various fields, it has helped me narrow down my career goals.
One aspect that enticed me to apply for this internship was the job description, which stated, “This is not a coffee getting internship”. After being here for nearly five months, I can definitely attest to this. The work I have done at Digital Tiki is not typical intern work you may find at other companies. I have designed sponsorship packages, brochures, letterheads, and a variety of other materials which have already been implemented or are in the development process. I can’t express enough how rewarding it is to see projects I have worked on used in business proposal meetings and sent out to corporations. Digital Tiki truly values their interns’ efforts.
Throughout the summer I have worked with Photoshop, WordPress, Excel, and PowerPoint. It amazes me that I have learned as much, if not more, this summer than I typically do in an entire school year. The team is a great resource and more than willing to help whenever needed. However, with that said, I was expected to work independently and think critically before seeking help. This environment has been an excellent stepping stone into a full-time career.
I attended Augsburg College and graduated May 2010 with a degree in Marketing and Business Administration. While in school I was active with the Augsburg Business Organization and Campus Kitchens. I had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Limerick in Ireland during the fall of my senior year. While in Ireland I studied Business and Public Administration, as well as Irish history. My time abroad allowed me to create lasting friendships with other students from all around the world. This was an amazing learning experience for me, as it was the first time I was truly challenged to step outside of my comfort zone. I definitely apply the skills and confidence I gained during that time at work and in my everyday life.
I intern at Digital Tiki 3 days a week and also work as a server. In my spare time I enjoy going to shows, traveling, and spending time with my friends and family! When I complete my internship with DT I hope to find a job where I can use the skills I have developed and also be challenged by new and exciting projects. I would love to stay in the Twin Cities, but am open to the possibility of moving somewhere new!