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Taylor Keefe is the type of guy that will make you laugh so hard, you cry. During his internship at Trend Hunter, he was a shining example of a person that goes above and beyond. Enthusiasm should be his middle name. Taylor not only revels in his time spent chatting with top CEOs as a part of Research Expert role, he also revels in deliciously frosty pint with the team when he’s through.
The night I applied for the Trend Hunter internship was one filled with stress. Due to this stress, I decided to do two things: cry pathetically in front of the mirror and look for a new job. After perusing various websites for job postings that piqued my interest, I finally stumbled upon the Trend Hunter Internship Academy.
Once the internship began, I was brimming with more excitement and nervousness than a virgin on prom night. However, in my excitement laid a deep, dark ocean of confusion. I remember saying to myself, “What the hell is going on here?” I couldn’t understand it. How could a job be this great? I got to dress however I like (as long as it’s not something repulsive like an offensive t-shirt or a suit). I was encouraged to develop my social media skills through extensive use of Facebook and Twitter. I got to enhance my writing skills by building a portfolio of 600+ published articles. Oh yeah, we finish the week off with a quasi-meeting where socializing and sipping Bavarian suds are status quo. Suffice to say, I was thrilled once I found out about that little doozy and quickly decided that I never wanted to leave Trend Hunter.
During my internship, there were many highlights that made me proud. One included writing a sponsored article about cutting-edge car innovations for Lincoln, an article that generated over 70,000 views. Another was getting shout-outs on Twitter from brands like Nike and Ben Sherman for the articles I was writing. And a fond memory was rubbing elbows with a rogue Microsoft executive at an industry event after party. Yet, I was most proud of being asked to join a business development project that would not only provide me with a completely new skillset but would change my life for the better.
The project included everything from prospecting hundreds of potential clients to writing 250+ summaries for TrendReports.com, a business-driven sister site under the Trend Hunter umbrella. I went on to develop skills in market research, SEO writing, professional writing, sales, advertising and pitching. I worked hard and it paid off. After my internship, I was asked to join the team full-time as a Research Expert, proving to myself that hard work, dedication, passion, drive and a creative and comedic personality goes a long way.
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