Life as a MASH Intern…

Last Friday saw our wonderful Intern Masher Hannah leave us to go back to Uni in Leeds. It's safe to say that we have an absolute star in the making in Hannah and we hope this is the start of a great Mash journey. To say a big thanks on behalf of the team - Hannah was presented with a bouquet of flowers...which in turn, survived her leaving night out in Soho. Sturdy stuff.

Last Friday saw our wonderful Intern Masher Hannah leave us to go back to Uni in Leeds. It’s safe to say that we have an absolute star in the making in Hannah and we hope this is the start of a great Mash journey. To say a big thanks on behalf of the team – Hannah was presented with a bouquet of flowers…which in turn, survived her leaving night out in Soho. Sturdy stuff.

In return, Hannah very kindly presented her blog experiences of ‘Life as an Intern Masher’….

My last few weeks @ Mash Towers

As I sit at the desk allocated to me on my first day, I attempt to contemplate how 3 months has passed so quickly here at Mash Towers. I guess it may have something to do with the ol’ saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’…

Marketing was never really a field I thought I would land myself in, especially immediately after my first year at Uni and when the opportunity arose to take the Mash internship, I immediately wondered whether I would be able to cope with the complexity and maturity of it all. And yes, it was difficult at first but after being given the time and support by the Mash team, everything became that little bit clearer and now I can confidently say I know how to raise a PO which is something I never thought I’d be able to do!

There have been so many events that I’ve loved working on over the past few months. I was handed the reins of Tyrrell’s for a period of time which opened my eyes to the job process and all its nooks and crannies…

My main issue with this job, as I’m sure Clare will agree, was deciphering the product codes! However, exciting news arrived one day when Clare brought the office to a standstill to chat me that the product codes were now saved in the Tyrrell’s file. No more guessing what flavour “LUD” was… or now otherwise known as Ludlow Sausage and Mustard, which was sampled at the Ludlow Sausage Fest. This was my first ever Tyrrell’s event and to my disbelief, I had the whole office in stitches as I tried to explain the job as ‘all things sausage-related’ to a BA over the phone. Thanks guys!

This second half of my internship was interrupted by a trip to Croatia and a long weekend getaway to Bestival which whilst both being incredible experiences, made me realise just how fast the company and industry moved. Only 10 days away on holiday and I was catapulted back into working on something new and completely different. This time around I was working with Xanthe who I actually began my Mash journey with back in June when I worked on RSV and Absolut. However, vodka aside, we were onto the domestic luxury of baking. The Cake and Bake show is the first ever live event dedicated to the entire baking industry. With stand upon stand of delectables, we needed a team of staff with a passion for baking to promote the infamous Betty Crocker range. And we were in luck. We were instantly inundated with, not just applications, but a trifle of photos of homemade cakes…

Whilst Xanthe and I drooled over photo after photo, serious work had to be done and I was put in charge of collating the applications, booking staff, profiling, contacting the client with updates etc. If only testing the cakes was part of the job! What impressed me was how amazing the Mashers were – the passion, creativity and effort put into their applications was amazing and actually made it even more difficult to pick the best of the bunch!

I know you may be thinking it’s all fun and games in the office, but there are obviously aspects of the job that could be firmly placed in the ‘time-consuming’ and ‘tedious’ folder. For example, editing audits. However, sneaky Xanthe sidestepped the boring and replaced it with chocolate and treats, mainly in the form of ‘Twix’s’ making up for the pain and anguish that she was putting me through.

There are so many things I’ve loved about working at Mash, but most of all it has to be the fact that at no point did I ever feel like an Intern. I was always ‘One of the Team’ and even at the start when I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, I was helped along the way by not just management, but everyone in the team. When things started to click into place, I was given more and more responsibility, making me feel like I was actually making a difference rather than just doing the standard intern jobs that you would expect – coffee runs, rifling through admin and having the same laborious routine day-in-day-out.

Mash wouldn’t be as successful as it is without its impressive band of staff and I love the fact that I had the chance to meet all our new Mashers face-to-face. There’s only so much e-greeting you can do and this personal touch to the company really makes a difference to how responsive Mashers are and also gives Mash Towers a chance to have a little natter and catch up with them on their exciting lives!

But unfortunately the time has come for me to head on back to uni. There are without a doubt a long list of things I’ll miss from working at Mash Towers. A neatly compiled shortlist will do just fine…

  • The Office Banter
  • The Spotify playlist that always seems to end up on Ben Howard
  • The Homemade Brownies *ehem Emma and Wendy
  • Lavazza
  • Beer O’clock
  • The Socials

And most of all, the amazing people I got to work with this Summer, both in the office and in the field.

Hopefully see you out there Mashers!

@hannahavent

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