My Experience at Northeast Credit Union

Written by Emily Tennis, UNH Class of 2020

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When I first joined the Northeast Credit Union marketing department in May 2019, I was unsure of what to expect. I had heard the horror stories about college students who thought they had found the perfect internship only to discover that their new role as intern was to maintain the office’s coffee supply. Thankfully, I was not responsible for any coffee orders and am happy to report I walked away from this experience with a new knowledge of the marketing industry… all while having fun! (No espresso required!)

My responsibilities typically varied from day to day as I worked alongside the marketing team in several areas, including community outreach, market research, digital marketing, and campaign development. Having such a diverse task list allowed me to put the skills and techniques I learned at school to work in the real world and gave me a better understanding of how the different areas of marketing work together as a whole. A few project examples I worked on were writing press releases, planning four youth member bowling parties, contributing to quarterly marketing campaigns, and planning, executing, and evaluating a professional focus group.

The most fulfilling part of my internship experience was giving back to the communities in my home state of New Hampshire as well as Maine through Northeast Credit Union’s Love Your Community (LYC) Project. Through The LYC Project, I was in contact with many inspiring winners of our various online contests such as Nice Catch, which celebrates kind kids and Teachers That Wow, which celebrates teachers. I also helped support an array of local non-profit organizations through sponsorships and donations, and volunteered at several unique community-based events. My favorite LYC moment was donating food, toys, and other supplies to the New Hampshire SPCA in Stratham, NH. Upon our arrival, we were greeted by Frankie the German Shepherd who took a photo with us to share on social media. Just a few weeks after we shared Frankie’s picture, she was finally adopted after spending 698 days in the shelter (I’d like to think that was thanks to a little extra publicity!).

As I enter the professional world, I have a newfound confidence in myself and my abilities thanks to my internship at Northeast Credit Union. Not only have I gained valuable experience, I've also added a group of supportive coworkers to my network. I was even able to save enough money to get a new car! I’m thankful for this experience as I know that no matter where my journey through the professional world takes me, I will always remember the things I learned during my internship at Northeast Credit Union.