Communication senior Sara Carter spent her summer in Troy, Mich., interning at Meritor, Inc. Meritor is known around the world for serving commercial vehicle and industrial markets to find the most optimal drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions.
“Coming into my internship, I didn’t know what to expect. The corporate world is intimidating to walk into—or at least that’s what I thought,” said Carter. “From the very first week, I had an amazing experience. My co-workers wanted to get me involved in all of their projects, and I felt a sense of camaraderie among everyone there.”
Claiming she had the opportunity to work on many different projects is an understatement. From event planning for 2,000 people to organizing the rebranding of a newly acquired facility, Carter spent the summer getting to know every facet of marketing and communications, obtaining hands-on experience in multiple areas and events.
“I was learning and growing as a professional every day,“ Carter said.
Among her largest projects was Meritor’s website re-vamp. She was involved in design layout and content management. Through this project, Carter was able to assist with a photoshoot as well as write and edit copy for the site.
“The website project gave me the opportunity to work with Meritor employees from every department. I also worked with vendors and creative agencies externally,” Carter said. “This experience helped me tailor my communication tactics to specific audiences.”
Interning at Meritor gave the ComArtSci senior the necessary skills to market herself for any job in the communication field. By providing Carter with experience in marketing, advertising, brand management, digital communications, public relations and more, the internship prepared her for whatever new challenges she may face upon graduation in the spring.
“If I had to give an incoming ComArtSci freshman one piece of advice, it would be to take every opportunity you can to learn about all of the different avenues you can take in your career path,” said Carter. “It will help you find what your true passion is.”