Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Cloud [8] Sixteen Inc

Fall 2016  

Position: Content Writing Intern
Student: History & American Studies Senior

As to be expected, the Briscoe Center for American History delivered an educational, engaging, and professionally beneficial internship. The digital humanities are a blossoming field. Thus, it has become increasingly important that students gaining a liberal arts education verse themselves in the technology surrounding the modern world. This internship dose just that. Chris Newfield, a leading scholar in the critical universities field, argues that none commercial tech must be injected into the liberal education for it to be considered universally liberal today. The Briscoe understands this and does a brilliant job of education its interns through technological conduits while still showcasing classical cataloging systems and educating interns on the world of archival practices.

While the work itself, at times, becomes tedious, the lessons learned outweigh the unpleasant aspects of the workplace. The paid compensation also helps to elevate any unpleasantness. Moreover highly educated, empathetic, and engaging supervisors double as academic coaches, editors, and mentors at the office. The project lead has taught at the university level before coming onboard with the Briscoe Center while our intern supervisor holds two masters degrees and decades of professional experience. Meaning that these two have fathoms of advice for undergraduates like myself.

The work allows for a comprehensive and experiential education. Interns work with metadata in every stage of its journey from paper to screen. Some might consider the educational experience exhaustive however, I consider the process thorough. I am grateful for this experience and the lessons learned.

As a veteran of the program, I would highly recommend the Clements Project to any interested party. Moreover, I would recommend any internship offer by the Briscoe Center, scarce though they may be. 

Fall 2015

Position: Search Intern
Student: Geography Junior

My internship over the course of this semester was at Cloud [8] Sixteen, Inc. This company is a digital marketing firm, specializing in paid search/pay"per"click advertising, search engine optimization, website content development and social media. It is actually three companies in one, specializing in different online marketing strategies. I knew this company had a laid back culture from when I first interviewed – the two supervisors I talked with wore shorts, backwards hats, and used slang and curse words in our dialogue. I was asked to give examples of how I actively tried to accomplish something when I was unskilled in that area. I was also asked to make a paper airplane (and throw it!) to see how far it would travel.

I would describe “A Day in the Life” at this company as follows: I was free to set my own schedule (9:30 – 2:30pm) twice a week. I sometimes would come early and leave earlier. Since I have been well trained, I could immediately begin my duties once I get there. On Mondays I would work on keeping up with client accounts (checking on their data and making changes if needed). That usually would take up the entire day. I was never under any pressure to finish anything in a strict time frame, but I still made sure to work on assignments productively.

On Wednesdays I would work on whatever projects my supervisor had for me. We communicated face to face, through e"mail and through the company’s online internal portal “Basecamp” where you can access and see what all employees are working on. They were random but usually related to my department. Almost everything I did was at my own desk on my own computer. I sat right across from my supervisor, so it was very easy to ask for help when needed. I frequently was invited to plan this indoor basketball game some employees would randomly begin.

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