The Mintz + Hoke Internship Experience: Fall 2023
We aim to offer our interns invaluable hands-on experience. Regardless of the practice area, we empower our interns to immerse themselves in the full-service ad agency world and our clients' industries.
Today, dive deeper into the Mintz + Hoke internship experience from the perspective of our General Marketing intern, Louis Stamoulis, who is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Public Relations at Quinnipiac University.
What type of work have you done?
I have been extremely fortunate to work with several departments on numerous projects throughout my time at Mintz + Hoke. While I primarily worked with the PR team, account service and media team members consistently invited me to be involved in their projects and meetings, and it opened the door to many opportunities I am thankful for.
During my first few weeks, I developed industry and competitive research for several clients, researched networking and speaking opportunities and was involved in the new business process. I was also tasked with compiling the company’s internal weekly newsletter (Morning Broadcast) which gave me an opportunity to meet everyone in the agency!
Additionally, I was heavily involved with many client events, assisting the PR and account teams with research on new event opportunities. I also attended several events and thoroughly enjoyed speaking with our clients’ customers and promoting our clients’ services.
While I spent a lot of my days being involved with multiple departments and their work, I primarily assisted the PR team in developing media lists, crafting pitches and writing press releases and media alerts. Being involved with these tremendous opportunities opened my eyes to the industry I would like to work in and confirmed my passion for developing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships.
What has your experience at M+H been like?
My experience at Mintz + Hoke has been invaluable and extremely rewarding. In my time here, I have had the pleasure of working alongside industry professionals who continue to produce the highest quality of work. Everyone at the agency has been so welcoming to me as a newcomer, and from day one I have felt like one of the team.
I have learned so much throughout my time here and much of this knowledge is due to the amazing people I have worked with. I am particularly grateful to my supervisors, Lindsay Trobel and Beth Wik, for their guidance and positivity, and making my time here extremely educational and worthwhile.
Not only has this incredible experience provided me with so much industry knowledge and insightful opportunities, but it solidified the fact that this is indeed the industry I would like to pursue going forward. My academic and work experience, up until this point, has been sporadic. I have not had much success in finding what I love to do, until now. Being a part of an award-winning agency with so many incredible people has further ignited my passion for PR and client relations, and I could not have asked for a more fulfilling internship experience.
What is one thing you learned that you never expected to? Alternatively, what is an experience you had that you didn’t think you would?
While all my experiences have been valuable, I particularly enjoyed being a part of the new business process. Getting to shadow the account team as they led everyone in acquiring a new client was something I never thought I would get to be a part of, but it was fascinating to observe. I am grateful for this experience and for being able to attend context briefings and participate in assembling necessary background research.
Now that you’ve experienced our Immersively Different Mintz + Hoke mindset, what does being Immersively Different mean to you and how can it help you in your career?
Being Immersively Different means understanding circumstances from a multitude of perspectives and transcending expectations. Before any deliverables or campaigns can be produced, one must first have an in-depth, contextual understanding of their clients’ vision, goals and most importantly, customer sentiments. It is important to not only become advocates for our clients and their customers, but to become professionals in whatever industry is necessary.
The mindset of giving your all to every circumstance and investing your energy in understanding your clients’ customers’ perspective is something I will carry with me through the rest of my professional career. As an aspiring PR professional, it is my duty to build relationships that are symbiotic. The Mintz + Hoke mindset of being Immersively Different directly translates to this duty as it commands that you look at circumstances from all perspectives with a strategic attitude.
Connect with Louis on LinkedIn.