I could not have asked for a better intern experience after working at Crestron this summer. My manger, Roman Pilczak, and my mentor, Sal Abi-Morched, have taught me so much valuable information on networking, wiring, and general technical questions. There was never a “dumb” question in their eyes, and they made me feel so at ease when working together. My experience was a unique one, where I was able to spend most of my time on campus. This helped a lot with understanding Crestron’s multitude of products as I tested products and scoped out their features. Crestron is a family and my team made me feel like a part of their own immediately as we joked constantly, shared stories about ourselves, and ordered lunch from countless local restaurants.
The internship program was a very fulfilling experience as I was able to see behind-the-scenes of webinars, product demos, and everything that goes into showing a product from start to finish. Some of my projects included wiring demos for webinars throughout the summer with Sal and updating the Crestron Experience Center with new products for demos. Even though I was not able to get the traditional feel for what it is like to execute typical tradeshow, I was able to see how Crestron moved with change during this pandemic. With the introduction of Crestron Next, I was able to see how employees shifted with that change and prepared for a new segment in the company’s life. As the internship comes to a close, I have been working on the Crestron Next Studio filming process as products are brought in, wired, and then ready to be shot. It has been amazing to be a part of the process and see all the hard work that goes into each and every product demo. In addition to this campus experience, all interns were remotely given Zoom webinars, run by Christopher Fitzpatrick, with Crestron panel discussions, information about emotional intelligence, and even managing student finances. The entire program was very inclusive and I was able to bond with fellow marketing interns and with others from around the country for our Internnovation project.
Overall, I have had a great experience here where I was not only mentored, but I became a part of the family. I am now confident in my technical and marketing abilities which I will use in my final year at school and in my future career.
My experience with Crestron has been far more valuable than I could have ever imagined it to be. My manager, Sarah Beggs, as well as my mentor, Josh Stene, both did an absolutely amazing job of showing me and allowing me to work on different facets of marketing from data analytics to B2B marketing and customer relationship management to consumer behavior. Before working at Crestron, most of these things were simply concepts that I learned in school, so I’m really grateful that I had the opportunity to apply what I had learned in class to the “real” world.
The company culture at Crestron is very warm and bright. The Marketing department is made up of so many incredible people who are always willing to help you learn and grow. People say that there’s no such thing as a stupid question, but I know for a fact that I ask a lot of them. However, no one ever made me feel like my questions were stupid and they always validated my curiosities. The Marketing department is also a really fun group of people who aren’t afraid to let loose and throw a couple of jokes around. It kind of makes me a little sad that I wasn’t able to experience this in the office, but really glad that the it was something that still shined through despite our work from home situation.
Overall, these past 11 weeks have been unforgettable. I was pushed and challenged by my team and grew so much professionally and personally. I feel better equipped to go out and achieve all of my goals and dreams when it comes to my Marketing career and could not be more thankful for this feeling of empowerment.