How I spent my summer vacation

All my life I’ve been living in the middle of nowhere. Cornfields have always been my closest neighbors. As a senior marketing major at a tiny university in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I’ve got a nice view of Canada.

Let’s just say I’m not a city girl.

So when I got the call last spring that I would be interning for the summer at Branigan Communications in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew this would be nothing like home.

My time here at Branigan has been quite the experience. This internship challenged me to use my creative side through writing — I’ve developed skills I didn’t even know I had.

From scratch I learned how to write a proper press release and was able to watch the complete life cycle of this piece. I learned that writing the perfect piece involves writing and rewriting and rewriting some more. I am not a very patient person with anything, so this was a huge learning curve for me. I have been able to begin exercising some of these newly learned skills writing press releases, social media posts, articles and more.

Working here has definitely opened up my eyes to what this job field offers. It takes a lot of skill and experience to produce excellent work for clients — making sure it reflects both their brand and their communications goals.

I’ve enjoyed the perks of working at Branigan: massage day, lunch outings, Summerfest, office Olympics and even a day of go-karting with the team.

City life has been pretty great, too. I went to my first concert (Blake Shelton), went to an art gallery, visited new restaurants, gone shopping and had some fun nights out with co-workers and friends who’ve come to visit.

All in all, this was a great experience. And one I will never forget. But I do miss the wide-open spaces of the UP. Special thanks and love to my aunt and uncle with whom I stayed this summer.

Thank you to the entire Branigan Communications team — you’ve made this one great ride!

— Jennifer Marren, communications intern