It’s that time of year when all the college students return to their hometowns, drained by finals and facing the prospect of job searching. The stakes are higher now, with ambitious students jockeying for the internships and positions that will both educate them in their chosen field and provide them with the financial support to start paying back those awful student loans. It’s unusual to get the best of both worlds; you’re either well paid to sit in a law office basement filing tax returns, or you forgo a paycheck to get the experience working 16 hour shifts as a nurse’s aid. Lucky for me, I hit the jackpot as far as summer internships go. Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to be in an office that overlooks Ferris wheels and roller coasters, boardwalks and beaches, and work outside in the summer sun surrounded by all of their favorite childhood memories? As if that wasn’t enough to qualify Morey’s Piers for the “Best Job Opportunities” award, in the few weeks I’ve been here, I’ve learned so much about the various fields of public relations, marketing, and events coordinating from the best and brightest in those fields. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Morey’s was voted one of the best seaside parks in the world—I’ve experienced first hand the hard work that each and every staff member puts into achieving that title. As a PR and Marketing major, I’ve learned the fine art of putting a positive spin on not-so-positive circumstances, but at Morey’s, I’ve realized the best business strategy is to work through problems of every size with determination and lots of optimism. No fire or hurricane can stop the administrative team that I’ve had the great pleasure of working with. I’ve learned more from Angel, PR woman extraordinaire, in one week then I had in an entire semester of hour-long lectures. There are opportunities here to participate in every area, from delivering brochures to designing flyers to dealing with the press, and every part of it is just as exciting as the rides on our piers. It’s no day at the beach—well, technically, it is geographically—but Morey’s has the rare ability to make hard work extremely fun, all while earning credits towards my college career. If that’s not the ideal summer internship, I don’t know what is.
Kelly Ayres aka Intern Kelly