It’s strange for me to think that my last day at Lee Media Group is just around the corner. I feel like I’ve been working here forever but at the same time, it feels like I just started. The summer has flown by and I am grateful that I got the opportunity to spend it at Lee Media Group.
I am a Kansas State student and will graduate with my Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies this December. Every summer I come home to Rose Hill. You don’t realize how awesome it is to live at home until you live on your own. I get to save money, have home cooked meals, spend time with my family and they get to spend time with me; it’s really a win-win for everybody. Since it was my junior year, I started searching for internships in the Wichita area. I applied to a couple places and was actually offered a job at one but didn’t really want to take it because I wasn’t interested in the work they would’ve had me doing. Luckily, my mom had connections to Lee Media Group and told me to contact the owner, Mia. I researched the company and saw that they did marketing and social media, which is something I have always been interested in, so I was excited to apply. To have a job in my hometown, with a boss who is also a native to Rose Hill, was very comforting compared to the cold, corporate world in Wichita.
At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t know how I was going to be able to fill up my work week doing social media marketing. But, I also knew that I wasn’t about to learn the techy world of building websites. Even though I had no idea what they were going to do with me, I still was eager to get started.
One thing that I learned very quickly was there is a lot more to social media marketing than I thought. You don’t just throw a post together with a picture and call it good. Each post takes a good amount of time coming up with the right wording, the perfect picture, the right time to post, all to make sure it’ll produce great reach and interaction. But, it’s not all about pictures. I got to learn how to shoot and edit several videos for marketing purposes. Those were my favorite. That’s not all, I even got to run multiple social media contests for multiple clients. I learned valuable lessons, like being adaptable with posts when they aren’t doing well or someone has a better idea, knowing when to ask for help, and even how to resolve conflict on social media. They also allowed me to hone my creative skills. Through all this, I saw how truly beneficial social media is to Lee Media Group’s clients and how much effort is put into making sure each post is going to promote their client in the best way possible.
One of my favorite things about working here was how diverse and creative the team is. We have the “party hall” and the “nerd hall.” The “party hall” works on the creative side and the “nerd hall” works on the behind-the-scenes techy stuff such as, codes, SEO, and other things that I didn’t know existed. Getting to sit in meetings, watch them brainstorm, and integrate their ideas was fascinating. They are all so unique and talented, it’s a no-brainer why they are winning awards and producing numerous happy clients.
To reflect back, I see how much I have learned and how thankful I am to have been able to have my internship here. I’m going to miss the dogs running around the office, the shouting of ideas from one office to another, the delicious treats Kelsey makes, the laughter, and the fun. All that I can hope for is my future job will be as enjoyable as this one.
Thank you, Lee Media Group.
Paige, The Intern