The Intern Experience: 2019 Edition

By: Caitlin Matsen  | 08/14/2019

With the summer slowly coming to a close, our 2019 summer internship has also come to an end. This summer, we were lucky to have 4 amazing interns join us: Colleen Eschweiler (CE), Martin Peko (MP), Tessa Miceli (TM), and Matt Schott (MS). They each worked hard and brought talent to a variety of projects and we are sad to see them go. But before heading out for the summer, we gave them one last assignment: tell us about your experience!


What was your favorite project you worked on?

CE: I loved getting to take over the Instagram and make the brand more apparent with every post. I also loved getting to own Hileman projects and run on them with people from different teams!

MP: My favorite thing that I worked on was our intern team projects, like helping to plan for our VeloSano silent auction and company summer event. Also shadowing everyone was great because it’s a great way to meet everyone and learn a little about a lot of different things!

TM: I really enjoyed working on the chair drop for Content Marketing World.

MS: I really enjoyed my demand gen opportunities as much as my marketing ops opportunities. In the world of coding and developers, there’s a distinction between those who do front-end and back-end, but some people are full-stack. The full stack developers have an ability to leverage the skills of both front-end and back-end. I feel that this reflects how I feel about marketing and the funnel. I’m interested in the big picture, and want to understand the entire sequence of how a customer flows through the funnel (or the flywheel!). I loved all of the projects that had me contributing to both demand gen, and marketing operations!  


What was your greatest takeaway from the summer?

CE: My biggest takeaway was the discovery of the sweet spot at the intersection of my background and my personality. My marketing degree supported my understanding of the industry while my love for people, project management, and organization fueled my passion for the day-to-day tasks of the position. Every job helps you understand yourself better, and this one definitely taught me a lot about this intersection that allows me to thrive in a work environment.

MP: Invest in your strengths. Hileman Group does a lot to invest in both your personal and professional development and focusing on your strengths is one of the most important takeaways I got from this.

TM: Think before you talk.

MS: Often times, the biggest takeaway is a collection of subtle things. This summer was an excellent opportunity to dive head first into the marketing agency world and absorb as much as possible. I loved the learning opportunity, and the feeling of seeing the whole process for how to service clients. So in short, I really enjoyed seeing the actual application, beyond just the theory we discuss in college!


Do you have any advice for future interns?

CE: Try everything! Say yes to things you’ve never attempted before and give it your best shot. That’s where most of the learnings take place. And, while you’re at it, don’t be afraid to be yourself!

MP: Try your hand at all the different departments at Hileman Group. There’s plenty of opportunities to do so, and don’t be afraid to ask for help! I helped with projects in marketing, technology, and creative.

TM: I’m horrible at giving advice.

MS: This summer we read 7 Habits of Highly Effective people, and one of the 7 habits is actually the best advice you could give someone about a future internship. That habit is to, “Begin with the end in mind.” The summer will fly by, and you need to ask yourself where would you like to be by the end. What things do you want to see happen, and what do you want to try. Even with all the awesome opportunities that naturally come your way, only you know exactly what you want to try. Seek things out!


If you had to do the summer over again, would you? What would you change?

CE: 1,001% YES! My time with Hileman was life-giving and challenging in the best way. The only thing I would change is not doing the internship sooner.

MP: No, if I had to do it over there’s not much I would do differently.

TM: Not sure and I don’t know.

MS: Of course! I feel the more ownership and responsibility I take on, the more the potential experience can be rewarding. While I feel I had plenty on my plate, there’s always an opportunity to take on something new and ask to try more. I would continue to challenge myself to ask try more! There’s no better time to learn than during your internship!


What 3 words would you use to describe Hileman Group?

CE: Passionate, team-oriented, and welcoming

MP: Friends, teamwork, and fun

TM: Kind, fun, and smart

MS: Thinking, creating, and teamwork


Thank you to our intern team for all the amazing and hard work you guys did this summer and we wish you luck for the future!


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