Interviewee Name: Michael Koh
Intern Position Title: Associate/Writer
Company: Office Lease Center
Company URL: OfficeLeaseCenter.com
Location: New York City, NY
Tell us the steps you took to land an internship or entry-level position?
I first moved down to NYC from Buffalo after getting my Bachelor’s and spending an extra year copyediting and proofing a manuscript for an author. I put myself out there in NYC and actively looked for internships—I got in touch with Marc at CreativeInterns.com, who was extremely helpful and willing to connect us recent graduates with people looking to find internships or entry-level positions.
How did you find CreativeInterns.com?
I Googled internships in New York City and I’m glad I did!
Coffee or tea?
I love tea, I love coffee (black, please), but right now, I’m hooked on this energy drink called Runa. Check it out; the advertising agency I intern at has their fridge stocked with it.
What made your internship experience unique?
I get to attend some really cool technology events and meet fantastic people. Also, free beer and pizza (sometimes).
What skills did you learn or improve while at your internship?
Networking skills, definitely. You need to be comfortable with yourself to be approached and approach other people at events. I also learned to have a pitch when introducing yourself.
Can you describe what a normal day is for an intern at your company?
I go to events around six or so, but at the events, I’m usually introducing myself, trying to promote the company, and then when the event actually starts, I take notes for the article I write to recap the event.
Give us one word to describe your workplace environment?
What advice would you give to someone just starting to look for an internship or entry-level job?
Chin up, back straight and always smile. Wear something nice, too. No hoodies or stuff like that unless it’s a laid-back culture at the office.
What do you do to fill the inspiration gas tank?
Laughing and drinking a lot of caffeine.
What’s next for you?
Hopefully a full-time job in the advertising world!