Ellen, Products and Technology PR InternPosted: 12th of October, 2011
What attracted you to Yahoo!?
I have always admired and valued Yahoo!’s authentic, creative and engaging communication campaigns and strategies. Additionally, Yahoo! is an essential part of my daily life (both at home and for school).
Why did you choose Yahoo! as a place to intern?
I was really looking for a hands-on internship experience, one with real creative writing and video projects that would help make a difference in the company and in the lives of our customers.
What is your current role? Describe one of the projects that you are working on.
I am the Products and Technology Public Relations intern. Working under Blake Irving's communication team, I help write articles for Yahoo!'s internal website, Backyard, brainstorm ideas for social media campaigns as well as interview, film and edit movies to be shown on the intranet and at company events.
Tell us about your interview process.
I was very impressed with Yahoo!'s interview process. I had two phone interviews, followed by four 15-minute Skype interviews and another phone interview. Yahoo! asked to see samples of my writing, my online portfolio and my hiring manager connected with my professional resume on LinkedIn. This process proved that my communication team wanted to get to know my personality, writing style and my track my active presence on social media sites. I felt this extensive interview process proved my value to Yahoo! and as predicted, they rewarded my hard work with interesting and creative assignments.
What do you love most about the internship?
I love the excitement and energy of Yahoo!'s corporate culture! A lot of my job involves interviewing different Yahoo! employees for videos and articles, and once the camera goes off, we start chatting about our favorite Yahoo! products, emerging technologies and upcoming campus events. After our chats I love getting invited to other teams meetings, to learn and share my fresh insights. Everyday is constantly a social and educational experience!
For someone considering Yahoo as a place to intern, what would you want them to know about Yahoo?
Get ready to love your job. Yahoo! values their interns as real employees, giving us the tools and resources to make executive decisions to impact our teams and our consumers. Additionally, there are a lot of perks to working at such an established company. I've been to tons of external networking events hosted by various companies. Also the free espresso around the Yahoo! campus doesn't hurt either.
What advice do you have for other students looking for an internship at Yahoo!?
Play to your strengths! I emphasized my passion for social media marketing and my team saw that as an added bonus to my other internship resume requirements. And of course, be yourself!