My internship at Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area was absolutely amazing. While there I was the Program Assistant Intern at Silos & Smokestacks. I mostly worked in communications and marketing, but I also helped in design and database work as well. I will admit it was very hard at first to change my mindset from for-profit to non-profit. At Bill Colwell Ford you’re selling a specific product, while at Silos & Smokestacks we were selling the history and the story of agriculture, which is a lot more complicated than I ever imagined. My favorite part of working at Silos & Smokestacks is the hands on experience I was able to gain. I was able to write press releases, run social media postings, and work in the background of cleaning up their database system. Overall, it was a very fulfilling experience.
Some of my responsibilities include:
– Regularly updating the Silos & Smokestacks website with Partner Site events.
– Writing, proof reading, and editing press releases for events, workshops, and contests.
– Sending out bi-weekly emails with updates on educational events, workshops, grants, and other information.
– Creating and updating Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social media platforms.
– Cleaning up and organizing the main database for contacts.
– Assisting with the promotion of events including our annual awards luncheon, webinars, workshops, and various partner events.
Some of my achievements include:
– Creating and implementing a social media calendar.
– Promoting our first webinar over Twitter & E-mail and receiving over 60 attendees.
– Creating materials and promoting National Agriculture Week that reached over 1,500 people.