My Life As an Intern

For those of you that are new or who perhaps don’t remember, I introduced myself to the A&M blog several months back in March. Upon taking on the role as a Social Media & Administrative Intern, I dove head first into a pool of new and enriching experiences revolving around all things social media. It may seem simple, but one of the many takeaways that I gained was that it, this whole social media thing, surely is not.

The up and coming world of social media is a challenging place. It’s an entirely new environment, a new channel through which people seek to establish virtual communication and interaction among a seemingly endless population. It’s daunting, it’s overwhelming, it’s competitive…It’s cool.

Previous to being given this opportunity, I minimally acknowledged what more social media outlets have to offer beyond what Justin Bieber is doing, feeling, and thinking (sorry J.B. lovers). In fact, I’ll admit it, I was bitter toward this network of communication. Little did I know how important and valuable it was for an ever-improving world, and I have A&M to thank for teaching me that.

In March, never would I have guessed that I’d be dabbling with html codes, a concept  that I previously perceived as foreign. I’ve explored the possibilities provided by Excel, and even created outlets and options on various social media sites that I always assumed were limited to the experts. In addition to these technical gains, I was introduced to the world of corporate (green) meetings, and perhaps more importantly, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Familiarized with this practice by, you guessed it, social media, CSR doesn’t force society and the environment to adapt to the growing business world as a means of success; rather, it deals with a professional drive for and commitment to success through social awareness and sustainability. Also, my opportunity to have a little taste of everything at A&M taught me something else: social media lies at the root of it all. All these other “things” are simply the branches. Social media has truly created its own self-sustaining network, or family tree, if you will. It’s where ideas are created, shared, spread, marketed, and sold.

As I approach my yearlong study overseas, I owe (much of) my hope for staying in touch with those I care about to my time here at A&M. Social media, in both the corporate and informal atmosphere, is a means of connection, compromise, and success. It reaffirms the fact that sometimes the most simple things are far, far from just that: simple.

Great lessons. Great people. Thank you A&M M&I (and a shout out to the Apple Vacations Destination Wedding Team)!

Always,

Savannah Trifiro

www.linkedin.com/in/savannahtrifiro/

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My Experience as an Intern at A&M Meetings & Incentives

Interning at A&M has been a rewarding and enriching experience that has contributed to my knowledge of social media sites, travel destinations and the methods of improving worker relationships and inspiring workers. Through my work experience, I have learned about a multitude of destinations, ranging from exotic to family-friendly. These destinations, including South Africa and Indonesia, offer an assortment of activities bound to intrigue diverse groups of people.

Additionally, working at A&M has allowed me to understand how to improve an incentive trip. Planning an incentive trip is all about the activities that are available to the participants; specifically, every destination has something different to offer groups, which is why the choice of location is very important. One trend that I believe is successful is planning out-of-office experiences for employees. More and more, companies are looking to bring people outside of the conference room. This can be done by having employees volunteer within the community or by planning day trips. Another trend gaining popularity aims at engaging employees and incorporating outside input. Companies are using social media sites to get more people involved; companies are asking people to ask questions on twitter and are creating groups where information can be shared and discussed.

Before starting at A&M I did not know much about CSR; despite this, I have quickly learned how influential and how widespread the trend has become. Companies today are increasingly looking to become more responsible both socially and environmentally. “Going green” is another trend that I have learned more about during my time at A&M. Companies all over the world are looking to implement ecofriendly practices as a means of cutting down on production costs, attracting customers and improving the environment.

I have been rewarded with a lot of great opportunities at A&M and have truly gained a lot of knowledge about improving meetings, travel and current business trends.

– Olivia