As my time at UMass Boston as an undergraduate student slowly trickled down, I caught wind of the Venture Development Center through one of my marketing professors and decided to investigate it further; I then met Mr. Dan Phillips whose services were invaluable to help me transition from my studies there to the work environment. Through my experiences in marketing, management and my background in high-tech, I was able to acquire a part-time internship which I still hold to this day. The startup in question is ChosenSecurity but it has since then been acquired, twice, the most recent being by Symantec. So in the last year, I’ve gone from finishing up my curriculum at UMass Boston to being in a beautiful, dynamic office in Waltham in a fast-paced, high-tech environment where I’ve been learning some invaluable things day-after-day.
My day-to-day tasks revolve around inbound marketing, which in a nutshell, optimizes the way we can be found by customers. Some of you might know it as search engine optimization (SEO) but I also do a few more things like web content management and online marketing. Some of the tools that I currently use on a daily basis are ones that I’ve learned how to use in the very classrooms where I sat in lectures; an example of such being Google AdWords. I’ve been able to reach a higher level of profession through some training and have been able to access and use some valuable, professional marketing tools.
This internship is and has been extremely helpful and valuable to me. I not only work for a big, recognizable and respected company but I also have and still learn a lot of things working here; the networking aspect has been quite valuable as well. I am very thankful for the opportunity that Mr. Phllips has given me and look forward to being able to return the favor to the community through the wonderful Venture Development Center in the future.