I began my internship as a User Acquisition Specialist at Meed Mobile at the end of July, and (unfortunately) I will be leaving prior to Christmas. As my time here is coming to a close, I can genuinely say that I love this company and I hit the jackpot when it comes to internships. Is that too cliché? I don’t think so.
When I interviewed for my position, I was nervous – mobile ad tech was an entirely new concept to me, and I felt in over my head. Immediately upon entering the office, I felt relieved. It was much more relaxed than a traditional office; it was nothing like the cubicle-cluttered Liberty Mutual building I had interviewed in the previous day. I felt wildly overdressed in my suit, but I hit it off with the two Ad Operations managers that met with me, and I received an offer two days later.
During my interview, I asked both of my managers, “What is your favorite part about working here?” They both responded, “My team.” I get it now.
Disclaimer: If you’re looking for a desk job where your only human interaction is over the water bubbler, you can stop reading now. This isn’t the company for you.
Everyone gets along incredibly well, which is something that I picked up on within the first hour of my first day. That was reassuring to me, but I still didn’t know how I would fit in as an intern. I was the youngest employee. Frankly, I had no idea what I was doing. Looking back on it now, I wasted my time worrying about it.
It can be intimidating being an intern. You’re the “new guy,” which means you’re responsible for all the work that no one else wants to do, right? Wrong. Personally, I’ve never once felt alienated, insignificant, or obsolete. The exact opposite, really. I leave work every day with a sense of accomplishment.
As a User Acquisition Specialist, my main responsibility is prospecting and managing sponsorships with content creators across social platforms. Over the course of my internship I’ve doubled the quantity of affiliates promoting Meed Mobile products, onboarding 27 new partners and managing over 50. I’ve learned an incredible amount in just five short months. Consulting with dozens of influencers about payments, contract terms, and deliverables greatly increased my negotiation and persuasion skills. Interfacing with our various partners – gaming and lifestyle YouTubers, Twitch streamers, and bloggers – challenges me day in and day out. Not only has it increased my interpersonal skills, but has also boosted my business etiquette and shown me how to effectively manage long-term professional relationships. In addition, I have gained incredibly valuable experience assessing the performance and profitability of influencers.
That’s great and all, but what did I learn? What’s the stuff that you can’t be taught in the classroom?
Don’t take yourself too seriously
FreeMyApps alone has over 1.6 million monthly active users, and it’s the largest app discovery network out there. You’d never guess we have such an impressive outreach though, because we act like a brand new start-up. You’d think we have a corporate office and dress code, but instead we have a foosball table and a beer fridge. Our easy-going demeanor increases our productivity and allows us to think outside the box and be innovative.
Don’t be complacent
In only five months here at Meed Mobile, I’ve seen some major changes: new additions to FreeMyApps and the release of our native iOS app Plunder League- just to name a few. Meed Mobile is a different place from when I started in July, which speaks volumes about the company. The mobile technology space is perpetually evolving and expanding, and Meed’s ability to adapt and progress in tandem with the industry is truly remarkable.
Find a job that doesn’t feel like a job
Looking back on my internship, I can point to specific advances I’ve driven within our User Acquisition efforts. The fact that there is tangible evidence of my impact on the company is weird, because I don’t feel like I’ve “worked” a day at Meed. I didn’t understand it until now, but work feels effortless when you’re doing something you’re passionate about. But hey, what do I know? I’m an intern. Take it from the Meed Mobile team: the majority has been on board for years, and still come in every morning with the same energy and enthusiasm as the last.
Meed Mobile has given me such an incredible opportunity to learn more about the professional workspace and the inner-workings of a tech “start-up.” But most importantly, it gave me the chance to learn about myself: where I excel, where I need to improve, what I like and don’t like, and if I’m on the right path.
So what’s it really like to be a Meed Mobile intern? Try it out yourself. I promise you won’t regret it.
ABOUT Tyler Zolud
Tyler is a 3rd year student at Northeastern University studying Marketing and Computer Science. He loves Photoshop, dad jokes, and hopes to someday own a house in Turks and Caicos… or a dog.