Business Marketing Major
Class of 2012
Title: Marketing Intern
Employer: Connecticut Department of Agriculture
In the summer of 2012, Christopher Cayer worked as a marketing intern for the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. This job involved mailing farmers, updating the department website, tracking data for each farm, and entering grants into the company database. He even got the chance to help organize a booth at the Big E.
While working this internship, Christopher quickly realized how important it is to learn about a company from the bottom up if you want to be successful within it. It’s one thing to work an internship, but it’s another to go above and beyond the call of duty and absorb everything that is going on around you. He also learned the importance of deadlines, and working diligently in a timely manner. He stressed how important it is to complete assignments quickly, correctly and thoughtfully.
Having the opportunity to communicate with farmers helped Christopher become more familiar with customer relations. It also made him realize what he truly wants to do going forward. This internship opened up his eyes to life working in the field, and it taught him that he prefers this type of work environment over an office setting. He plans to own his own business one day, and the skills he gained during this internship will hopefully help him one day reach that goal.
Christopher’s biggest piece of advice to other students looking to partake in an internship is to make sure you enter it with an open mind. “Do something you’re not comfortable with and work outside your comfort zone. Work hard, learn as much as you can and make connections. This will help you grow in the future.”