By: Jordan Brooks

The first internship of a collegian’s career is one that lays the framework for their future. An intern gets the opportunity to learn from professionals in their prospective field, and gets a glimpse of what the “real” world is like. Your internship can make or break your decision as to what you want to do with your future. Ideally, the environment is great; your projects are meaningful, and, after its all said and done, you say, “Hey, I could see myself doing this for the rest of my life.” or the opposite could happen. Insert me—a twenty-one-year-old marketing student at The University of Akron, getting ready to make some big career decisions within the next year and stepping into his first role in a professional setting. Can you say nerve racking?

Through my college course work, I have developed a passion for digital marketing and, more specifically, the research aspect. Working in an agency has been one of my goals since I started studying marketing, so I am ecstatic to be the new marketing research intern at AKHIA. I was excited to learn what the culture of an actual agency would be like; company culture is the personality of a company; it affects how employees work and embodies the mission and values of the company.

Throughout my first weeks at AKHIA, I have observed that it is the employees make the company what it is today. The executives at AKHIA have assembled some of the smartest, wittiest and most caring people that I have ever been in contact with. Listening and watching the collaboration of the teams opened my mind to different ways of thinking and problem solving. My co-workers are here to create quality work but to also enjoy themselves in the process—the work-hard, play-hard mentality is strong with this bunch. It has become apparent that the culture here is to care about your work and care about who you are doing it with. This mindset is what has allowed the company to thrive for the past twenty years.

My first impression has me wanting more. I want more interactions with these professionals. I want to learn from this company. I want to help produce quality work with this team. I see this summer as a great learning opportunity and way to build myself as a professional, but also to explore the ideal culture of a company that I can thrive in. After this experience, hopefully, I can say, “Hey, I could see myself doing this for the rest of my life.”

What aspects of a company make you want to stay?