Internship Spotlight: Maddie Zook, The Student Engagement and Career Development Center

April 20, 2022

Eller PDC Blog
Maddie Zook sitting at her desk showing her computer with a thumbs up.

Maddie Zook '23 (BSBA Marketing) is a Marketing Assistant at The Student Engagement and Career Development Center.

What was the process for getting this internship/job?

The process was that I discovered the job on Handshake, they reached out for an interview opportunity via Zoom. Then, they asked me to come to visit the location and offered me the job.

What type of projects do you work on?

  • I write articles/blog posts for their website
  • Make social media posts through design websites
  • Look at analytics and trends
  • Edit and make Youtube videos for the website

What is your favorite part of the experience?

My favorite part of this experience thus far is being able to utilize my transferable skills to help me succeed in whatever project I am working on. In addition, collaborating with other co-workers to help construct bigger and better ideas to market this program and discover trends to see what is the most effective. Also the flexibility of being able to work remote or in-person and being very understanding with my schedule.

What do you find most challenging?

What I find the most challenging is this position is all about teaching yourself and trial errors. For example, I had to teach myself several other software and programs I have never used before, so I had to learn what works best along the way on making projects. Also, transitioning into a job in my profession was a lot to take in, especially it was my first official marketing job.

What are you learning?

I am learning new skills with technology such as new software, analytical databases, and design programs to all help conduct the projects I am assigned. Also, I am learning how to apply the skills I learned thus far in Eller and transfer them over to my first official business position. Lastly, I am learning the importance of the student engagement and development center and the number of benefits it provides for students, here at the University of Arizona.

What advice do you have for other students looking for similar experiences?

My advice for students who are still seeking out jobs in their field of study, is to stay persistent in the application process. What I learned is that after you go through the basic application process, go out of your way to either send them an email or connect with the recruiter via Linkedin, because it shows that you are really interested in their company and position. Plus, it helps you stand out from the rest of the applicants.

How has Eller prepared you for this experience?

Eller has helped me prepare for this experience by giving me a leg up in some of the programs and software I use for work such as Canva, Excel, Google Analytics, etc. In addition, I was able to transfer over my professional communication skills, how to prepare for meetings, and the appropriate attire for certain situations.