What I’ve Learned from Interning with Mantooth

What I’ve Learned from Interning with Mantooth

The summer, or what we like to call “event season,” has certainly flown by for Mantooth Marketing Company. In just a few short months, we put on eight concerts for the Lagoon Summer Concert Series, a golf tournament for the Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce, the largest 4th of July Celebration in Northern Colorado for the Town of Timnath, and SO much more!

Mantooth prides itself on our employees and all they accomplish. Now that our hands are free of clipboards and we finally have some time to reflect on the summer, we are especially proud of our interns for all their hard work. You’ll find that with small businesses, job descriptions are often just a rough outline; these four set the standard for going above and beyond what was expected of them.

In celebration of them all winning the coveted Georgie Award for the month of August, the interns reflect on their time with us and what Mantooth has taught them this summer.

11986531_852511991535237_2867413451350993197_nMicah Haase
She is the newest AND youngest member of the Mantooth team, but you would never be able to tell when she’s in action! Interning the summer before her freshman year at CSU, Micah held her own with the other collegiate interns and taught us a lot about dedication, professionalism, and also Pokémon.

Describe the scope of your internship at the Mantooth Marketing Company.
A lot of the things I took part in was event work and running errands. Both of these instill a sense of responsibility, coordination, preparation, and it helped further develop my people skills.

What was something you learned this summer that you didn’t expect?
I learned how much work and how many people it takes to organize a successful event. It requires extensive planning and coordination with a bunch of people to make sure everything goes just right. I have gained respect for anyone who takes part in running an event.

What was your favorite thing you did this summer as a Mantooth Intern?
By far the favorite thing I’ve done was take part in the Lagoon Series. It’s so satisfying to put in the work setting it all up and see thousands of people come to enjoy the bands. Every week is someone new and a new crowd comes with it, giving me more of a glimpse into the people that make up Colorado.

How do you think this internship will benefit you in the near-future?
Being an intern for Mantooth has given me valuable planning and people skills. If I’m ever in charge of helping run an event or lead a group of people in the future, I know I can put the skills I’ve learned with Mantooth into good use.

What advice would you give students or graduates looking for an internship?
My advice would be to try something new and don’t be afraid of stepping outside of your comfort zone. At first, I was really worried going into this internship because I didn’t know much about marketing, but with the support of my coworkers and bosses, I quickly learned and I now feel confident in what I’m doing.

We hope you love your freshman year at CSU as much as the banjo solos in Mumford and Sons’ songs and we can’t wait to see all you accomplish.

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We were lucky enough to steal the sunshine from the Sunshine State and have McKenzie join the Mantooth squad this summer. That’s right, our internships are nationally sought after! If you look up “competent” in the dictionary, McKenzie will already have it pulled up on her iPhone. This fireball was a complete lifesaver and could handle just about everything. Take a look at what she had to say about her time with Mantooth.

Describe the scope of your internship at the Mantooth Marketing Company.
The scope of my internship was very large. I had to problem solve pressing issues that arose in event logistics such as communication with vendors, sponsors, and partners about current and future events. I had to understand the mission of various client events and execute all day-of tasks: staffing, set up, crowd control, stage management, tear down, and clean up. Every event ended with a debrief of all involved staff too.

What was something you learned this summer that you didn’t expect?
I had to learn how to properly and effectively communicate with a staff that all work from their own homes.

What was your favorite thing you did this summer as a Mantooth Intern?
Working the Lagoon Series every Wednesday. This was so much fun to do because I got to know the staff better and meet local bands. Also, creating the space for thousands of people to enjoy was always so rewarding.

How do you think this internship will benefit you in the near-future?
This internship benefits me by providing me with excellent hands-on experience that I will use to get other internships or jobs and help me move forward in my career.

What advice would you give students or graduates looking for an internship?
Don’t just get an internship because it’s there. Make sure it will give you the experience you need to better yourself in your career. If you’re a marketing, events, or public relations major, then Mantooth is definitely the right place to go to get hands-on and in-depth experience.

We couldn’t have said it better, McKenzie! As you head back to Florida, we hope you know that your bright personality will be dearly missed. Send us a postcard from paradise and we’ll send you some Café Mexicali.

JoeS-500x500Joe Santini
Who knew someone who put “blanket forts” as a skill on their job application would amount to so much here at Mantooth? But that’s just it, Joe’s authenticity, enthusiasm, and off-the-wall antics was just what our team needed and we were lucky to have him with us since January. Often dubbed the “Mantern,” Joe held his own with the ladies of Mantooth. Let’s take a look at how Joe viewed his internship these past eight months.

Describe the scope of your internship at the Mantooth Marketing Company.
The scope of my internship was unique. It required a lot of creativity and flexibility, especially during my last semester at CSU. This was where I had more client-centric responsibilities such as creating content calendars for a multitude of cool companies. During the summer, my duties evolved into internal work as I had complete ownership of all Lagoon content, Mantooth blog posts, and, of course, good ol’ event staffing.

What was something you learned this summer that you didn’t expect?
I think the greatest thing I’ve learned this summer is the importance of discipline. It’s so easy to get caught up with everything that’s going on, especially with a company as busy and in-demand as Mantooth! I knew that as soon as I sat down to do something, I could do it. If not, I have a team of people always willing to help.

What was your favorite thing you did this summer as a Mantooth Intern?
I think my favorite thing I did this summer was creating the live interviews for the bands at the Lagoon Summer Concert Series with Emma. You could tell we always had ton of fun and we got to step outside our comfort zones a bit too.

How do you think this internship will benefit you in the near-future?
I think the greatest benefit of my internship with Mantooth was the affirmation of my marketing degree and my interest in agency work!

What advice would you give students or graduates looking for an internship?
I got this internship because I wasn’t afraid to be wholeheartedly myself, from applying to my last day at work. Look for something that interests you and don’t compromise yourself. If you do this, the right company will come along.

Joe is currently in Europe doing a little traveling before seeking full-time employment. We wish Joe the absolute best and we’ll be happy to send over a care package of Goldfish anytime you need it.

emma-mantooth-webEmma Lang
This gem of an employee is as smart as she is sassy and she is always the first to lend a helping hand. Emma always made Mantooth her priority and her work ethic and personality was always appreciated. She had a hand in almost everything we did this summer so let’s see how she sums up her non-stop summer.

Describe the scope of your internship at the Mantooth Marketing Company.
I was an event planning/marketing intern. I did everything from delivering donuts all over northern Colorado as a grassroots marketing effort, to managing partners at Open Streets. My responsibilities varied but I got to see and do a lot!

What was something you learned this summer that you didn’t expect?
I learned how to juggle multiple projects at one time. When you’re in college, you think you are so good at managing your time, but I am here to say that you have no idea what you are in for. Purely through experience, I learned how to hold all projects at the same level of importance.

Another valuable lesson that I learned was how to work from home, and with that how to be self-motivated. If you can work from home, which is arguably the most distracting place on this planet (well at least my home is) then you can work anywhere.

What was your favorite thing you did this summer as a Mantooth Intern?
My favorite thing I did was work on Open Streets. My first big event took me through every emotion a twenty-something is already experiencing in life, from “what am I doing with my life” to fear of failure, to the final emotion of pure relief and excitement when seeing an event unfold and become a complete success!

How do you think this internship will benefit you in the near-future?
Well, I am now working as a Project Manager for Mantooth. How’s that for a near-future benefit?!

What advice would you give students or graduates looking for an internship?
If you aren’t sure what you want to do with your life, an internship is a one-way ticket to a yes or no answer. Try as many things as you can until you find something that you love!

Emma has been so wonderful that we couldn’t say goodbye quite yet. Congratulations on becoming a Project Manager! Now, let’s go find a new army of interns.

You can tell that these four truly do embody the ethics of Mantooth. They work hard, play hard, and have become such a tight-knit group. The summer would have been impossible without all their help and we cannot thank these interns enough. For anyone looking to becoming a Mantooth Intern, you certainly have some big shoes to fill!

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