An Ode to Social Distillery: A Semester in East Austin – Azaria Ortega

It’s hard to believe that my time at Social Distillery has come to an end. I guess the phrase “time flies when you’re having fun” is indeed true. After spending long hours on Spredfast, trying to figure out Fantasy Football, and gasping for air after listening to office jokes, I can honestly say that my experience at Social Distillery is one I will never forget.

When I was first offered the Community Manager Intern position, I was overwhelmed with excitement but was unsure of what to expect. Beginning to end, the entire experience came to be an unforgettable learning process. From writing blogs to assisting with client projects, there was never a dull moment while working at the hippest agency on East 6th.

Aside from the invaluable skills gained while at Social Distillery, this experience taught me a lot about where I see myself going in the future. My strong interest in social media marketing was reassured, and I also learned more about the importance of a strong company culture. Had it not been for the friendly team of professionals willing to answer every one of my questions, I’m not certain that I would have learned everything I did. With that said, my message to future interns is the following:

  • Use all the resources you can get your hands on
  • Watch the Spredfast training videos (twice)
  • Think quality over quantity
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

The experience gained through my internship has given me the confidence to approach the job market with a fresh perspective. Ten years down the road, I’ll look back and always remember my journey started at Social Distillery.

Stay connected with Azaria on Twitter @AzariaOrtega and be on the lookout for future intern positions @SocialDistiller.

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