Just two weeks after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I joined the content marketing team at Bronto as an intern. I was terrified. With a background in political science and global studies, I knew nothing about marketing automation software before I started.
On my first day, I was amazed by the office and became less nervous and more excited as the day went on. The space was incredible, with just the right amount of quirkiness to make me feel right at home.
My new colleagues were all very nice, each with their own interesting back story. I spent much of my first two weeks getting to know my team members and others in the company to learn what they did and how they all worked together. These meetings were helpful in learning about the company, the software industry and the marketing profession.
But it wasn’t all meetings. During my first week, I jumped right into my first project, and two weeks later, I had drafted my first white paper of the summer. I immediately felt like part of the team and that I played an important role at Bronto, even as an intern.
The gender diversity at Bronto is great, which as a woman, has been very empowering for me to see. I was excited to see so many influential women working here, including Vice President of Marketing Susan Wall, who was also the first female director at The New York Times.
And the amount of resources dedicated to professional development is incredible. In my first month, I joined two mentor programs, attended an American Marketing Association networking event and was able to meet with others in the company to discuss my career and higher education goals.
Did I mention the enormous amount of free snacks available? From the steady supply of fresh fruit and chips in the kitchen to the sweets people bring in, there’s always something to munch on. The culture and atmosphere of Bronto is just so fun and inviting.
This first month has been great. I’ve learned so much and (hopefully) helped my team with their workload. I am so excited to see what the rest of the summer will bring.