Chrystal Lopez was Intouch Chicago’s first copywriting intern last summer. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a bachelor’s in writing and a minor in creative writing. The Intouch team met her at the annual SCAD career fair, and it was a perfect fit. Her passions for healthcare and writing came together at Intouch during her 2014 summer internship. Now a full-time associate, she shares some of her thoughts about interning in Intouch’s Chicago office.
Now that you’re a full-time Intouch associate, what is your title?
What was your favorite internship experience?
My favorite internship experience was getting to work on an actual internal agency project right away. My creativity was immediately challenged. I had the opportunity to be instantly immersed and see a unique angle of two very large industries: healthcare and advertising.
Tell us about your most memorable day as an intern.
Well, there was a day the paramedics were called to the office on my behalf for a minor medical emergency. (My diaphragm seized the day.) But, aside from that, one of my most memorable days had to have been the company outing. I mean, how many interns can say they sat down at a picnic table with war paint on their face, a beer in one hand and a burger in another, while talking to the CEO and other executives about the proper way to tip a waiter? (I waited tables in college and up until a few days before I started the internship.) The people at Intouch are hardworking and genuine, no matter what position they occupy in the company.
Give us 5 words that describe your internship experience.
Motivating. Challenging. Inebriating. Stimulating. Impactful.
What did you learn from your internship that you didn’t know before?
A lot. But one thing that I could only have learned from my internship at Intouch is that there is still more than enough room to be creative, even if an industry seems confined.
What surprised you the most during your internship?
What surprised me most during my internship was the immediate immersion. While there is a program specifically for interns, the work I was doing wasn’t “intern work.” I’ve only done one coffee run, and it was because I offered. From the get-go, I was encouraged to share my ideas and take on the role of a creative.
What advice do you have for future interns?
Just ask. If you feel like you can do more than you’re handed, ask if there is more you can do. If you’re wondering what you’re doing well or what should be improved, ask for some feedback. Better-quality work and more opportunities always come from better understanding.
Did you know that 40% of our 2014 summer interns became fulltime associates?! If you’d like more information about paid summer internships at Intouch Solutions, visit https://intouchsol.com/Careers/Internships and apply by March 20th!