This week, we sat down with Caleb White ’24, a Communication and Media major, to discuss how his summer internship has helped prepare him for his future career in corporate communications. Read the interview below to learn more about his role as a Corporate Communications Intern at Ferrellgas, headquartered in Liberty, Missouri!
Describe a typical day as an intern. What are your day-to-day tasks and responsibilities?
My responsibilities involved a lot of writing for the company’s internal and external communications. Each morning, I would hop into a call with my team, and we would discuss the tasks we had for the day. Some of my work included composing intranet articles reporting on news within the company and the propane industry to inform and engage employees. I also wrote a press release and some external articles about Ferrellgas’s social initiatives and product safety.
Describe any major projects or accomplishments you were involved in.
One cool project I had was a collaboration with senior leadership to design an intranet page highlighting the company’s growth and retention. I drafted the initial layout using Power BI tools and graphics, and my team was really happy with it!
My favorite project, though, was one I spearheaded myself. For an employee engagement initiative, I designed a digital yearbook and landing page that highlighted the relatives of employees who were celebrating their June graduations. The project had a lot of engagement, and I received a quarterly company award for innovation!
What are your career goals? How will this internship help you reach those goals?
My current career goal is to become a corporate communications manager. I gained a lot of experience networking through my internship.
What skills did you gain from this internship?
Some of the skills I gained and developed include written communication, project management, and graphic design. I was also able to interview a variety of employees for the articles I wrote, so I grew in my interpersonal communication skills as well.
Why did you apply to this internship? What aspects of the company interest you?
I found the internship on LinkedIn while looking for communications opportunities. The description seemed like the perfect fit for the experience I wanted, and I was able to learn a lot about the propane industry as well. Fun fact: Ferrellgas owns the Blue Rhino brand, which you’ve most likely used to start your grill!
What advice would you give to a student who wants to participate in an internship?
Cast your net wide when it comes to applying to internships on job boards, and gain as much experience as you can with interviewing! Also, make sure to participate in clubs and organizations on campus – having a leadership role will look great on your resume!
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