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Sparkpr: From intern to account coordinator

April 6, 2011

Our sixth post from the interns at Sparkpr. Rachel just found out she’s made it it from intern to full-time account coordinator! She shares some wisdom with those looking to follow in her footsteps.

Account Coordinator, Sparkpr

Rachel Vakneen, Account Coordinator

By Rachel Vakneen

The last three months have been quite a journey at Sparkpr. I have had the opportunity to work as active team member, take on real PR responsibilities as well as collaborate on new business pitches. I have learned so much by taking action, which is the best way to learn. Fortunately, the hard work paid off, and I can now say that I am part of the Sparkpr family as an account coordinator. I couldn’t be happier!

The Sparkpr culture really does foster personal and professional growth; from director’s taking time to tutor me on the advertising ecosystem, to my peers advising me on best practices of developing a media list. The atmosphere and the people make Spark what it is. I am proud to have interned at Spark.

As I embark on my next journey as account coordinator, I look forward to my continued education, professional development and building relationships with all my colleagues.

My tips for all the interns out there:

  • Keep an ongoing to-do list so nothing falls off your radar
  • Schedule weekly meetings with your manager, face time is invaluable
  • Utilize your peers as a resource, they can teach you a lot
  • Identify best practices by asking your colleagues how they do their work
  • Streamline when possible
  • Set goals
  • Be vocal
  • Be proactive

Your career is in your own hands. Best of luck!

Rachel makes the wall!

Rachel officially makes it to The Wall!

Do you have a question about any of Rachel’s tips? Ask her in the comments. And click here to read her first post as a Sparkpr intern.

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Meghan April 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm

You da bomb, Rach! Love the tips, especially utilize your peers. I learned a ton from my fellow interns.

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