Camryn Eason is a senior marketing and management double major from Keller, TX. This past summer, Camryn had the opportunity to intern with Mary Kay Inc. in Addison, TX. Camryn interned for the Latin America team where she served the markets in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Peru. Her everyday activities consisted of conducting product health reports, market data research, as well as complete pricing guides for new product lines.
“My favorite part of the internship was getting to compete in the intern competition, where I pitched a new fragrance idea. My project included a breakdown of the fragrance notes, packaging sketch, marketing plan, and pricing breakdown. After presenting my idea to the panel of judges, including the VP of Brand, I won the competition and received the Mary Kay future Leader Award.”
Internships supply students with real-world experience and help them connect what they have learned in the classroom to the workplace. One of the best things that Camryn learned was to reach out for help and communicate with her team saying, “The greatest lesson I learned during my time at this internship was that it is totally okay to ask questions. The point of an internship is to learn, and they will not expect you to know everything coming in!” Looking forward at how this internship impacts her professional career, she acknowledges the importance of the experience and knowledge that came from working for an international business and how it will help her in future job searches. “This internship really helped me gain confidence in my abilities and ideas, so I feel confident as I begin to start the job-hunting process. I also had a lot of time to grow and develop my skills in data analytics, so I know that is something I am interested in pursuing a career in!”
Camryn felt that COBA and ACU prepared her for this internship through “classes such as Marketing Research, Marketing Strategy, Business Statistics, and Data Mining. My supervisors were very impressed with the knowledge I already had at the beginning of my internship. Also, the culture and ethics taught at ACU really helped me fit in with the very uplifting culture at Mary Kay.”
“My favorite thing about being a COBA student is how all the professors really want you to succeed and offer so many resources to help you do so. They are not only concerned about your success in your future career, but also in your own faith. In a time of so much conflict and uncertainty, professors are equipping us to go into the business world and be a light.”
Camryn suggests that all students looking for internships network with ACU alumni because “they are very supportive of students and want to help them succeed.” COBA students needing help searching for an internship or job can contact Steph Brown, our Professional Development Manager. Steph is here to answer all your questions and help you through the process. Email Steph Brown (email@example.com) for more information!