Graduate Success Story – Caroline Zieleniewski

 

Nickname: Care or Line

Linkedin Profile: linkedin.com/in/czieleniewski

College You Attended: Michigan State University

Current Job Title: Currently seeking employment

Favorite Color: currently it’s green (GO GREEN!!)

What you learned in your time at Ingenex: How to manage clients social media platforms, how to promote a brand through different social media outlets including Pinterest, link building to grow the awareness, writing search engine optimized content for websites and so much more!

New Media Drivers License: Yes! I can drive the web :) I learned so much in this class and without it I wouldn’t of had this awesome internship.

How your internship helped launch your career: It has exposed me to many different aspects of digital marketing and now I’m ready to tackle the digital marketing world. I had hands on experience at Ingenex which I think will really help me stand out in my job search.

Advice to incoming interns: ASK QUESTIONS! You can never ask too many questions. Also, have fun with the internship, if you want to try different aspects of digital marketing just ask and  someone will find a project for you.

Most importantly: Enjoy what you do and have fun. Find something that you enjoy doing for work. For me social media is fun and doesn’t seem like work, working on social media all day is awesome!
I just want to say thank you to everyone at Ingenex for making this internship a great experience! I will miss you all!

IT’S ONLY THE BEGINNING

I’ve always been a huge social media fan. I remember in high school when you had to be invited to Facebook by another one of your high school classmates, because Facebook was only supposed to be for college students at the time. Since then I have grown to love social media. I’ve documented the last 7+ years of my life on social media, and my interest only continues to grow.

I have used all kinds of social media tools, from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to Instagram and Foursquare. I love social media, and that has sparked my interest of digital media and digital marketing. I was introduced through my advisor at Michigan State University (GO GREEN!) to a class called New Media Driver’s License that was offered through the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. I heard great reviews from fellow classmates about the class, so I enrolled this past fall semester.

After the first NMDL class, I was hooked. I knew that this was stuff that I was really interested in, and I could see myself working in the digital field. The NMDL course opened my eyes to many different digital platforms. I learned about writing blogs, social media in business, and the importance of SEO and SEM, which I didn’t even know about before taking the class.

Since I completed my Driver’s License, I applied what I learned to the rest of my courses at Michigan State and completed successful advertising campaigns for my clients using key tools like Google AdWords.

During my internship this summer at Ingenex Digital marketing, I hope to sharpen and grow my knowledge and skills of digital marketing. Through my experiences at Ingenex, I look forward to learning a lot and then taking that knowledge and applying it to my future career.

Digital Marketing Internship Openings at Ingenex – Fall 2011

Digital marketing agency, Ingenex is taking Fall 2011 digital marketing internship applications

Ann Arbor, Mich. — Jul 15, 2011 — Digital marketing agency, Ingenex Digital is searching for Fall 2011 digital marketing interns. The Ingenex Eco-Friendly internship program seeks digital savvy college students interested in all forms of new media who can work at least three days a week beginning Aug 20, 2011.

Students majoring in public relations, marketing, advertising and communications are encouraged to apply. The uniquely designed digital marketing internship program provides students and graduates the opportunity to work in Ann Arbor, MI and gain first hand experience in the quickly changing and expanding field of digital marketing, while obtaining college credit.

Interns will work with Derek Mehraban, CEO of Ingenex and instructor of MSU’s New Media Driver’s License course. Mehraban and other leading digital marketing professionals work one-on-one with interns to improve their digital marketing skills.

During the internship individuals will gain experience in, but not limited to: Internet marketing, digital public relations, search engine optimization, client relations, blog monitoring and will be exposed to various networking and professional development opportunities.

“Interning at Ingenex gave me the opportunity to apply my public relations education in a digital setting,” says Central Michigan University senior Lauren Schneider. “I am valued here, the work I do matters. I’m more prepared, more confident and more marketable to employers then a lot of college student’s. Interning has given me the chance to work with super intelligent and creative people, develop my portfolio and learn cutting-edge Internet marketing techniques.”

Ingenex encourages all intelligent and enthusiastic individuals interested in digital marketing to apply for the Eco-Friendly Internship. Ingenex looks forward to meeting future digital professionals. To apply please fill out the Eco-Friendly Internship Questionnaire.

About Ingenex Digital Marketing:


Michigan based Ingenex is an Internet Marketing firm that provides a full suite of digital marketing services including Interactive Branding, web site design, search engine optimization, pay-per-click management, optimized public relations, social media marketing, email marketing, web-driven event marketing, podcasting and blogging. For more information please visit: http://www.ingenexdigital.com.

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The Internship: New, Improved, and No Longer Just for (College) Kids

It’s that time of year again – the annual rite of passage when new graduates begin to lose their minds because they’ve entered into one of life’s no-man’s lands – the time between the end of college and the beginning of a career.

This time in one’s life can best be described as being somewhat like purgatory. You know you’re not quite in Hell because you’re relieved from the stresses of finals, proud of yourself for getting that degree, and happy to return back to Ma and Pa’s for a bit once the lease is over to hang with all your leftover high school friends while you search for gainful employment (true story).

But about one month in you realize something isn’t right, you can’t shake this gnawing feeling, and you finally realize what it is – you don’t get to go back to school in the fall.  “There are no more excuses.”  “This is your life.”  “A new chapter is about to begin.” A dozen other clichés. You have no answer for everyone when they ask that unbelievably annoying and patronizing question, “So what’s next?”  It’s even worse when you realize that employers aren’t just going to knock on your door because of your fantastic college resumé and that the job market is way down due to the recession. To be honest, it sorta feels like this:

So what’s a college grad to do, short of searching for Mrs. Robinson?  Well the answer for some may be right in front of them.  Just as graduates are beginning to look for jobs, current college matriculators (is that a word?) are also beginning another rite of passage – the summer internship (or their third or fourth such position for the ambitious).  The internship used to be seen as a way for college students to get experience and credit while employers scout the talent and take advantage of inexpensive labor.

Not anymore, my friends.  The internship is now for everyone.  With the current job market as tight as it is, an internship can be the cure for the occupational blues.  For current students, it’s still the tried and true way to get a leg up on your peers while putting to use what you’re learning in the classroom.  For the newly graduated, it provides a plethora of positives.  For starters, it’s a morale boost for those who haven’t yet found the career their looking for.  It’s also another notch on the resumé belt and an opportunity to show your stuff to an employer for when they eventually (and hopefully) resume the hiring process.  And, perhaps most importantly, it can serve as a bridge over troubled water stirred up by the recession.

An especially beneficial opportunity is that of the digital internship. The digital internship (especially the Eco-Friendly Internship – no hyperlink necessary.  You’re already here!) combines the best of traditional internships past and the necessary skills of the future (which is really now).  With the digital internship, you still head down to the office once in awhile, so your office social skills remain primed, but a lot of what you do can be virtually accomplished (and you save gas, which is Eco-Friendly).

In a digital internship (yes, I realize I’ve said “digital internship” quite a bit, but it’s important) (and I’ve used an abundance of parentheses, but I like them) you learn the crafts of blogging, social media as a business tool, podcasting, Google, and the innumerable other spheres of the Internet that are being introduced to the lexicon of businesses on a daily basis.  Becoming versed in these techniques will give you a leg up on the competition for jobs over those who don’t possess the requisite technical abilities of the future.  Not to mention you can deepen your writing and communications skills, which has been a growing complaint of employers regarding the lack thereof amongst college students and recent graduates.  Oh and so as not to end this paragraph on a boring note like writing skills, digital internships are super cool and fun.

The bottom line? Digital internships are where it’s at!  Fun times, job skills, way of the future, resume placeholder, occupational peace of mind…whatever you’re looking for, they fit the bill.  So quit sitting on the couch, playing PS3 and Wii (guilty) or acting like mowing the lawn is grounds for a successful day (again, guilty), and start scouring the Internet for one.  Oh yeah, and as this blog entry began, a regular internship is cool too…just not as cool.

Digital Marketing Internship Summer 2009

Ingenex Digital Marketing is looking for 5 or so quality interns for Summer 2009 Eco-Friendly Digital Marketing Internship. This internship is a combination of networking, real life experience, face time in a professional office, and training on digital media. It rocks! And it won’t take too much of your time.

You come to Ann Arbor once a week to work for 2.5 hours. You learn about all forms of digital media. You work for real clients and non-profits. And you do the rest from the comfort of your apartment, library or coffee shop. It’s a low emission, kind internship for people who want to grow in the digital space.

If you have the goods – apply to this post. We will accept applications through April 15. The next class of interns will begin May 18. Please apply to the internship in a variety of ways. Make a comment on this blog post with why you feel your a good candidate. Connect w/ me on Linkedin and ask for an intersnhip. Be creative online and get our attention. It may just pay off for you.

This Could be You!

Also, if you’re not looking for an internship consider taking the New Media Drivers License course at Michigan State University. It will rock your world.

Spring 2009 Internship Openings

The Digital Marketing Internship at Ingenex will run again Spring 2009 for Michigan State University students. This intersnhip meets for two hours at Ingenex headquarters in Ann Arbor each week. You will have 5-10 hours of work on your own. You will learn Digital Marketing techniques including: Online Public Relations, Social Media Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Blogging, Podcasting, Search Engine Marketing, and Google Tools.

I am looking for some talented students looking to start a career in digital marketing. This growing field is where the action is these days. This internship program has been growing since it began in Summer 2008. It has also evolved into a class at MSU – The New Media Drivers License. This two credit class begins on Saturday, January 10. I am taking less interns this semester as the class will take a lot of my time. However, I am looking for a few good men/women who want to learn and have some time this semester. This is non-paid, and can be done for credit.

If you’re a good candidate, respond quickly please. Submit in 200 words or less a comment on this blog why you are a good candidate for the Eco-Friendly Internship. Tell me your goals for the future. Why are you interested in this position. And a bit about yourself. I will pick 2-3 good candidates and you will know soon if you have been accepted. Ask some of our past interns their experience if you have questions.

Looking forward to hearing from you. Derek Mehraban – CEO Ingenex Digital Marketing

PS. Here are two interesting projects you will help on in Spring 2009. Social Harbor and Nudge Them.

New Job!

Sure, I was excited when I landed an internship this past summer with Ingenex. My first real internship, learning about real things, working in a real office, doing things that mattered, not just classwork for a grade. But I could not see the real excitement around the corner.

I quickly absorbed as much information as I could, and boy did it pay off! I eagerly took on a few extra tasks, putting in some office time in addition to the internship. Derek took notice, and after some time was excited to offer me a full-time position here at Ingenex.

I thought I was excited before, but this, THIS is excitement! I’m more than ready to kick things into gear with SocialHarbor.com. Everything I learned during my internship time will be put to good use, actual use, from here on out.

The Eco-Friendly Internship at first take provided me with a plethora of information, extending my education beyond the classroom into real-world applications. The internship has now proven to be a substatial stepping stone towards my new digital career with Ingnex.

Stay Tuned!

Ingenex Interns – Michigan State University’s Best

MSU Spartan Interns Rock!

MSU Spartan Interns Rock!

The digital marketing interns from Michigan State University have been awesome this summer 2008. Our first class for the Digital Marketing Internship at Ingenex Digital Marketing yielded some incredible results.

Since it was our first semester, we all learned together. But I can say that the class of Grant Heitkamp, Kevin Conlon and Lia Homeister has been wonderful.

Kevin Conlon is an excellent people person. His relationship building skills, and his can do attitude will make him a great addition to any team. He has helped us push forward some big projects this summer, and he has learned all about digital marketing on the way. I see Kevin as an account manager or sales executive. And anyone who can sell, and knows digital will go far in this business.

Grant Heitkamp has a wonderful grasp of digital marketing. If you view his blog and see what he’s posted to the eco-friendly internship blog, you know what I’m talking about. Grant came up with the name Social Harbor for our new Social Media Professional Management product we are launching. Grant also took on more work and spent some additional hours at Ingenex headquarters. You headhunters out there, I would grab this guy. He plans to go to Miami Ad School, but we’ll have to see about that.

Lia Homeister has been a quiet and talented addition to our team this summer. She gets things done. She has done a stellar job of completing every assignment, and she is smart. Her wonderful personality, combined with her work ethic will make her an asset to any agency that picks her up. Of course, they will have to wait another couple years. Lia is a Junior at Michigan State this coming year. I am impressed by her maturity. And I hope she sticks with Digital moving forward. She plans to study abroad in Korea in the fall and you can follow her travels on her blog.

The next class of eco-friendly interns has some big shoes to fill. I am sure that MSU will send another wonderful class. As for what I am looking for? People with curiosity. Smart people. Who want to understand and master the digital media. I know this is where the future of our business lies. And I want students who know this too, and want to be the best. I hope to help Grant, Kevin and Lia all land good jobs in the industry. I want to thank them for their hard work. They are stars!

Digital Marketing Internship

This is the site where the Ingenex Digital Marketing Eco-Friendly Internship will live and breath. This internship trains students and recent graduates in the skills of Digital Marketing. Our first class in the Summer 2008 has been doing some amazing things. Read about them here.