My first day as an intern at Cuebiq was just a few weeks ago on a sunny Monday morning. I hopped off the 6 train, walked a few blocks through NoMad, snapped a picture of the Empire State Building, and finally stepped out of the summer heat into a small lobby on West 27th St.
Though I was elated to accept an offer with the Growth Marketing team, I had no idea what to expect — I’d never worked for a startup, much less one centered around location data.
Getting to Know Great People
I took the elevator up to the 9th floor and found that I had my very own desk, already decked out in Cuebiq swag: a S’well water bottle, hat, sunglasses, phone case, and a MacBook Air. My manager, Isabel, rushed me around the two-story office and introduced me to every person we encountered — I even met some people visiting from the Milan office! Everyone greeted me with a big smile and a firm handshake. Several coworkers even offered me some tips, from the cordial, “Come to me if you have any questions,” to the practical, “Watch out for flying ping pong balls.” (There’s a ping pong table on the 10th floor — how cool!)
One of the first things I noticed about being in the office was the friendly, supportive vibe. I immediately felt welcome, which I think speaks volumes about the company culture here at Cuebiq.
Getting to Know Growth Marketing
Over the course of my first week, I quickly realized I had a lot to learn. Thankfully, the marketing team was quick to help me get acclimated. Several of my team members set up meetings with me to explain their responsibilities, define complex terms, and help me understand the offline intelligence landscape. Everyone I have spoken with has been extremely knowledgeable, passionate, and happy to answer all of my questions.
After a few days of training, I began to help with the Daily Digest, a compilation of relevant articles distributed daily to all employees. I read dozens of industry publications every day to be informed and to ensure that the most important articles are selected for the email. By the end of my second week I was helping write tweets for the Cuebiq Twitter account, attending Marketing team meetings, and had completed my very first blog.
I’m also excited to be using what I’ve learned in my communication and business classes on a daily basis, like how to create a content calendar for social media, the importance of a strong brand message, and the meanings of all of those confusing acronyms (ROI, CRM, KPIs, DAUs, etc.).
Getting to Know a Global Company
When I was first offered an internship with Cuebiq, I was especially excited to be working for an international company. Though Cuebiq’s HQ is in NY, the company has offices in Chicago, San Francisco, China, and Italy.
This past spring, I studied abroad in Rome, and when I discovered that all four of Cuebiq’s founders are Italian, I was thrilled. One of the most important Italian traditions, lunchtime, is taken pretty seriously here — lunch is catered daily, and every day for about an hour, the office takes a break, socializes, and gets to know one another over some delicious food. The most common lunch conversation topics? Our favorite travel destinations and the latest episodes of our favorite shows.
I have also begun to understand what it really means to be a global company. Cuebiq is a thought leader in its industry, with cutting-edge technology and future-proof privacy standards. It is so engaging to be working at such an innovative and visionary company.
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