Each week The Student will profile a student who completed a summer internship. This week’s student is Megan Lapp, who spent the summer interning at Altus Marketing and Management in Boston, Massachusetts.
What were the basics of your internship?
Megan Lapp: Well, most days I worked 9-5 Monday through Friday at the office in Boston. Summer is their busy season, and over the course of the summer I worked on seven different events.”
What kind of responsibilities did you have?
ML: I did everything from composing letters to soliciting donations to making phone calls to clients and vendors. As time went on, they definitely trusted me with more responsibility. They’re a small company, so I was really an asset to them. This definitely wasn’t just a “go and get coffee” kind of internship.
How did you end up at Altus?
ML: I heard of the company because one of the founders, Aaron Sells ’01, is a Bates alum. So I checked out their website, applied online in February, and two weeks later they called me for an interview in Boston. It’s honestly not the kind of internship I planned on getting initially, but it ended up being a really great experience.
What was the coolest part of the internship?
ML: Altus deals with a lot of sports stuff, so I got to meet a bunch of local athletes. I met Shawn Thornton [Boston Bruins forward], Jon Lester [Boston Red Sox pitcher] and Rob Gronkowski [New England Patriots tight end].
Did anything surprise you about the athletes you met?
ML: Yeah, they all had really strong handshakes! My hand was sore. I don’t think they understand their own strength. But also they were all really humble and nice, and they really try to help each other out with their respective charities.”
Were there things you disliked?
ML: Not making any money. But honestly I learned a lot and had a great experience, so it was still worth it.
What did you take away from your internship?
ML: A lot of life skills; dealing with people, conference calls, meetings, problem solving, attention to detail—all of that kind of stuff. I’m really good at talking on the phone now. But I also learned a lot about keeping calm in chaos.
ML: Yeah, I mean there’s a lot going on during an event. We hosted an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) charity event one night and things got pretty crazy. But luckily we all had radios so we could freak out to each other without everybody knowing about it. You’re trying to stay cool but over your radio you can hear your co-worker saying, “Oh no… there’s a parent attacking an official…They’re calling in medical staff… His shoulders out of its socket… Oh wait now they’re putting it back in… GROSS!” So stuff gets pretty crazy.
Is this something you can see yourself doing post-Bates?
ML: I don’t know, maybe. I’m not someone who came into Bates with a specific career path in mind. But this is definitely something I could be interested in. That’s part of why internships are so awesome: it’s a no-risk situation to help you figure out what you want to do with your life. That’s pretty cool.