Three Highlights From My Fahlgren Mortine Experience
Twelve short weeks ago, I graduated from The Ohio State University with 10,200 fellow Buckeyes. The very next morning, I found myself in a client engagement meeting at Fahlgren Mortine, excited to start my first full-time position as a corporate communications intern. Despite the whirlwind of emotions this quick transition left me with, I’m glad I chose to roll up my sleeves and dive right in.
For me, this internship had a lot of ups and very few (practically no) downs. With unlimited time, space and audience attention span, I could greatly extend this list, but we all know that’s not the case; so here are the top three highlights from my Fahlgren Mortine experience.
Coming in with very little knowledge of the agency world, culture was one of the strongest draws to Fahlgren Mortine for me. After attending an open house for college seniors, I was excited, inspired and determined to join their team. A few months and one interview later, I was fortunate enough to do just that. I quickly became a part of quirky occasions like Bigfoot and Watermelon Fests, helped plan and facilitate the first ever Garage Games, and witnessed two (not one, but TWO) slimings of top agency executives. These times helped strip away any shyness I came in with, and made the agency feel smaller and more connected. I guess I can’t say for sure, but I really think the Fahlgren Mortine culture will be hard to beat.
2. Giving Back
In addition to its one-of-a-kind culture, the agency’s philanthropic efforts also piqued my interest. During my first week, I was invited to join the Operation Feed committee to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank – a cause already close to my heart. For five days in May, we held various activities to raise awareness and money, which equated to a total of 15,752 meals donated to hungry neighbors in central Ohio. Last week, the agency took its commitment a step further, with 15 of us sorting and packing more than 10,000 pounds of food at the foodbank’s facility in Grove City.
Fahlgren Mortine’s community support runs deep, donating time, effort and resources to various pro-bono accounts and other causes such as the upcoming Pelotonia event to raise funds for cancer research. Now that I’m officially a grown up, it’s more challenging to find time to volunteer as much as I’d like, so I appreciate working for a company that values these efforts as much as I do.
3. Observing the Pros
As an intern, everyone here has truly made me feel welcome and valued. I’ve had the opportunity to sit in on numerous meetings with some of the agency’s top minds, and you can bet that I’ve been trying my best to soak in as much wisdom as possible to carry with me throughout my career.
Beyond that, this internship provided the opportunity for me to find my voice among these thought leaders, contributing my own opinions and ideas from research I had done, or from reading through Requests for Proposals (RFPs) time and time again. These chances to prove myself taught me the value of always being prepared and thoroughly versed in the meeting’s subject matter, so that when I open my mouth in front of this paramount audience, something intelligent emerges.
Overall, this internship has been a great learning opportunity – providing the chance to collaborate with incredibly smart and talented individuals from a variety of disciplines in addition to a taste of what life is like at an award-winning agency. In the coming weeks, I will be making the transition to being a client, and I am elated to still have an active connection to Fahlgren Mortine and the great people here.