Metal Toad Intern Grace McManus

Becoming a Metal Toad Intern

Before starting as a marketing intern at Metal Toad a couple weeks ago, I was absolutely terrified. That had nothing to do with Metal Toad itself and everything to do with my lack of experience and fear of failure. I bet that sounds familiar to some of you, right?

For me, I had never been a marketing intern before and, as far as I know, Metal Toad had never had one either. I was going into it with the knowledge that I had to be a “self-starter” and figure out a lot of things on my own. And that made me really nervous. How was I supposed to just “figure it out”? I had only taken four marketing classes in my whole life — I don’t know anything! Am I going to fail at this? Or even worse, be absolutely mediocre?

It only took a few days at Metal Toad for me to realize that this was not going to be the case. The people here truly care about my success and will help me get there. Sure, I will need to be proactive and push myself out of my comfort zone to make the most of this internship, but from what I can tell I will be able to do that and more, and be supported while doing it. I’ve spoken to people from all areas of the company now, and I’ve learned that they are just as excited to work with me as I am to work with them.

What is also amazing to me is people have already included me in their meetings and gotten me involved in their projects because they recognize I have value to add; I’m not treated as some mindless, useless intern. Along with working on projects in other departments, I will have to create my own, which scared me at first. But I surprised myself by already thinking of an independent project and getting the green-light this past week — administering a survey to gather feedback on Metal Toad’s website, then analyzing the data and presenting it to the team. I actually get to apply something I learned in school this past semester, and Metal Toad is not only okay with it, but excited too! Maybe this won’t be so hard.

But the best thing I’ve discovered so far is that Metal Toad operates on their values, not a bottom line. It was clear from day one that they care about their employees; but not only that, they give them autonomy to create amazing things. There’s no manager breathing down anyone’s neck here, and I find that to be extremely refreshing. What I also love is that people appreciate each other all the time. Every Monday morning’s company-wide meeting includes giving “fistbumps” and “high-fives,” and there is a Slack channel dedicated to shoutouts. It’s such a positive environment, and I look forward to coming to work every day because of it.

I’m not 100 percent sure where this journey at Metal Toad is going take me, but I know I’m going to leave here taking away more than I gave.

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