Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Thank You.

Well, we made it through the summer in one piece. My short stay at Liggett Stashower is coming to a close and I’m not surprised to say that this experience has been one to remember, and I’m also not surprised to say it went way too fast. I’m sure five or ten years from now wherever I end up will be in part because of the short time I got to spend here at Liggett Stashower. I can’t thank everyone here enough for bringing us in and guiding us along the way. I’ve had a chance to truly find out if this is what I want to do for the rest of my life, and it is. I’ve also had the chance to meet a lot of great people with whom I’m sure I will keep in contact long after I’ve gone.

I guess I will stick to my promise from nearly a month ago by continuing my list, since then I have:

• Designed my very first Prezi to be presented to the agency about the book called Logo Design Love. Feel free to venture into the iconic elements of logo design with me by checking it out here.

• Crawled (figuratively) around Cleveland with a group of pretty rad interns who just happened to all be lovely young ladies, lucky me.

• Doubled my total of Indians games attended this year by bumping the total up to two. In one case we sat in the Social suite, and in both cases we watched the Indians lose.

• Put together nearly 175 client press kits filled with a combined total of around 700 flip flop sandals.

• Carved up the Ham Day ham

• Came out of my Adobe Flash retirement to design a few web banners, and it definitely felt nice to relearn some things.

• Made 21 paper unicorn dolls to be sneakily placed around the office.

• Learned, very poorly, how to throw cards. Just don’t ask.

• Did around 50 takes in order to develop the new intern video clip for Ligget.com where I also got to use Adobe Premiere for the very first time so be on the lookout for that coming soon.

Just like last time the list doesn’t do my time here justice, but it gives you a little snippet of insight. I hope if you’re reading this as an incoming intern my posts have helped fuel your excitement and anticipation for what your about to experience, and if you’re reading this just for the sake of reading it then I hope I wasn’t too boring. I can’t hit you guys with my signature ‘catch you next week’ line this time so I’ll leave you with some ways to follow me on into the future. You’re more than welcome to catch up with me on twitter @DonDraperDunn or check out my blog at donaldjdunn.wordpress.com.

Thanks for reading, and thanks again to Liggett Stashower and everyone who had an influence on me throughout the summer.

Don D.

Creative Intern

The end is just the beginning (Sorry for the nauseating-but-true-in-this-case cliché)

It’s here: My last week as a Liggett Stashower intern. Don’s ready to head off to vacation, Alyse is going back down to Miami University, and Alyssa is extending her internship one extra week.

As for me, I am lucky enough to stay on at Liggett full-time. I was offered (and gladly accepted!) a copywriting position. My first official day is August 22. I am so excited to become a member of the Liggett Stashower family! In a way, I already feel like I am. All of us interns were accepted from day one. Sure, we’ve been called “the interns” or someone has said “make an intern do it,” but it was in the least derogatory way. And when an intern had to do whatever it was, it was never getting coffee…but maybe beer.

Aside from the fantastic experiences and exposure to client work and agency life, we all got to learn a little more about Cleveland and (I hope I’m not going out on a limb here) got to be friends. It’s strange that by the end of this week I won’t be seeing my fellow interns every day at work. I wish they were all staying on, too. And I know plenty of other people at Liggett feel the same way.

It seems like everything is moving so fast for me right now. I graduate college this weekend, and I start a full-time job soon after. Not that I would ever complain about either of those things, but it is a little scary to be out in the world as an adult (or at least almost adult). I need to get a car. And I need to learn how to drive on the freeway. No joke: I’ve never driven on the freeway. So look out, Cleveland commuters!

To sum it all up, my time at Liggett has been one of learning, growing and fun. I know I’m getting dangerously close to crossing the cliché line again, but I can’t help it if it’s true.

See you the 22nd, Liggett!

Isabelle J.

Creative Intern

Monday, August 08, 2011

The Closer

Don't worry folks, I haven't dropped off the face of the earth...I just haven't blogged in a while. At the beginning of my internship with Liggett Stashower, I didn't think that I would ever be too busy to do my weekly blog. It turns out I was wrong. For these past couple of weeks I have been swamped with media relations, PR writing and client meetings. We've also had some great experiences as a group of interns; finalizing our t-shirts, Ham Day and our intern party. I've even been able to take the lead on some other projects for LS. Gaining more responsibility has not only taught me some great lessons for the future, but it has also made me feel valued as an LS intern.

But now that I'm finally getting to catch up with my weekly intern blog post, it's time for me to bid you adieu. I honestly cannot explain how quickly my summer with Liggett has flown by...nor could I document each important lesson and skill I learned while I was here. I felt accepted from day 1 in the office and now that I have relationships with my coworkers it is incredibly hard for me to say goodbye! Luckily, I go to school close-by so I'll be able to easily keep in touch with everyone that I've gotten to know over the course of my internship. So, with this last blog post, I would like to thank everyone who has impacted my experience at Liggett Stashower. I'm proud to say I spent an amazing summer at LS...a summer that I will always remember!

If you're interested on keeping up with my senior year at Baldwin-Wallace follow me on Twitter (@aapurvis) or check out my personal blog at http://alyssaapurvis.wordpress.com/.

Thanks for the memories!
Brand Management Intern

Friday, August 05, 2011

Looking Back

I thought I'd sum up my experience here by sharing my desk and some memories with you.

(You can view it bigger here)

Alyse E.
Creative Intern

Thursday, August 04, 2011

The Big Reveal

Tonight’s the night where we finally get to unveil our big group project. The intern t-shirts are finished, and they look great. We went over to 717 Ink on Monday thinking we were just picking up a box of finished shirts, but when we arrived they had a lot more planned for us. We actually had the chance to screen-print some of our own shirts, and they gave us the full tour as well. It was a really cool little field trip. Below you can check out some pictures I took throughout the process.

We also printed paper dolls to go with the shirts that can be a memory of our intern class long after we’re gone.

Catch you guys next week for my final post.

Don D.

Creative Intern