A little over a year ago I was sitting in my dorm room, scanning LinkedIn, wondering what I was going to do during the summer. The spring semester was winding down and I was searching for an internship that would allow me to gain the experience I needed to further my communication knowledge and academic studies.

During this somewhat frantic search I received an email from our Communication department at Villanova detailing an internship at Graham Media Partners. I quickly read through the job requirements and responsibilities about the position. This opportunity seemed to be too good to be true. Before I knew it, I was interviewing with Steve, Lisa, and Sarah and starting my first day of work soon after.

Throughout the last year, I have had the privilege to grow my skillset and marketing knowledge, while simultaneously watching this company grow. From a brand-new office to a growing staff and many new clients, I have been so grateful for the opportunity to grow alongside Graham Media Partners.

When I started at GMP, I didn’t realize the level of real work I would be given or even allowed to do. I had heard horror stories about interns whose sole purpose was to go on coffee runs or to simply scan and file papers. This is not the case at GMP. From day one, I was given a wide range of client responsibility and projects that allowed me to learn everyday along the way. From client services and engagement to social media management, I am overwhelmed with the knowledge and skillset that I am taking with me from this experience.

This was not your average internship and this is not your average agency. The leadership at GMP helped me learn the ropes and were always there to answer any question or inquiry I had. I have learned an incredible amount not only about the industry, but also what it takes to create and maintain your own company from Steve and Lisa. What makes GMP so special is the team. As a small agency, everyone on the team has a sense of involvement in each project and client. The leadership at GMP has successfully cultivated a culture of inclusivity, productivity, and teamwork that is hard to come by.

As graduation quickly approaches, I am sad that my time at GMP is coming to an end. I could not have asked for a better internship experience that projected my knowledge and abilities forward into the professional world.

I cannot thank the entire GMP team enough for the time they have invested in me and the opportunity to grow over the past year. I look forward to watching their success long into the future!

– Olivia

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