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Bamboo, Bruschetta, and the Beginnings of a Killer Tan

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All in all, not a bad first day at work

As I sat at home and enjoyed the breeze flowing through my window, I looked at my arms and thought, “Wow, I’m tan!” How many people can say that after their first day of work at a company housed in an office building?

Like the first day of school - by Nicole Baarde

I started my social media internship at BookRenter yesterday. Right after I opened the door, my boss Rebecca (the Community Manager) rushed me into a conference room for a webinar on Twitter’s promoted tweets and promoted accounts. We set up two campaigns and marveled over the analytics dashboard. I sloppily took notes on a borrowed notepad and felt like a student on the first day of school forgetting her pencil.

Next up were introductions. Everyone was super hilarious and welcoming. I immediately felt, “People here love working together!” The VP of Marketing asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I answered honestly, “I don’t know.” He laughed and said, “That’s a good answer. I still don’t know what I want to be!”

Now here’s where the tan comes in: Rachel (one of two PR/Corporate Communications interns), Whitney (PR), Rebecca, and I went out to a local Italian restaurant called B Street & Vine for a lunch/brainstorm session. We ordered four dishes of bruschetta with various toppings, from brie cheese and apple slices to gorgonzola and honey. I’d forgotten how difficult bruschetta was to eat (I’m already a sloppy eater), and I spilled toppings all over my plate as I loudly bit into my bread. Embarrassing moment #1: Check!

Around noon, the sun started beating down on our outdoor patio table. Made it a little tough to concentrate on brainstorming, but I was super thankful for the chance to catch a few rays. Stuck in dreary Oregon, I had been pale for way too long!

Whitney had scribbled all over the butcher paper underneath our plates and cut the section out, coffee stains and all, to bring back to the office.

It was time to actually get work done, and Rebecca gave me my first task: Turn the editorial calendar into a Gantt chart. Two problems: First, I only vaguely remembered what a Gantt chart was. Second, I abhor Excel with a passion. I tried to teach myself how to translate Gantt into Excel for an hour and failed. (Embarrassing moment #2: Check!) I finally asked Rebecca for help, and she sent me an example that made perfect sense. I set away plugging information into cells and playing with color-coding.

Curse you, Excel!

I wrapped up my day by taking my fresh bamboo plant out of its box, a gift Rebecca’s daughter had picked out. I still couldn’t believe I had my own cubicle; I felt so adult. I walked out of the office into a wall of heat and tanned even more at the Caltrain station where the trains were half an hour late.

A few more days like this and I should be looking pretty cool. Thanks, BookRenter!

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10 to 1 We’ll Soon Have a Great New Social Media Intern!

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We want YOU to help choose the lucky winner.

We’re feeling pretty lucky this week. Not only did our search for a Summer 2011 Social Media Intern attract a record number of applicants, it produced 10 totally great finalists.

The downside: Of that 10, only one will get the job. Thankfully, the job of narrowing the field isn’t on our shoulders.

That’s because we’ve asked BookRenter’s Facebook fans to choose the lucky winner by popular vote.

Here’s how it works. Photos and short descriptions of the 10 finalists are just below. Click a pic and we’ll shoot you over to our Facebook page, where you can learn more about the candidates (look for the “Pick R Intern” link on the left-hand side of the page). To cast a vote for the person you think seriously rocks as a budding social media guru and BookRenter blogger, click the “Vote Now” button next to that person’s name. That’s all there is to it!

Voting ends at midnight on April 30th. Between now and then, you can vote up to once a day for your favorite candidate. The winner will be announced here and on Facebook the first week in May.


Mia Mishek I UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH: Self-described curly-haired, potato-chip-loving day dreamer from Minnesota. But when it comes to social media this girl has some serious chops.


Charmaine Ng I UNIVERSITY OF OREGON: Ambitious and talented, honest and human, this tri-lingual social media strategist and curator is also a published author. Harbors a secret desire to one day have a multi-hyphenated title.


Keith Kaplan I ALBION COLLEGE: Brains (double-major honors student, Mortar Board, College Fellow) and brawn (swim team captain and an avid outdoorsman who most days can be seen paddling on the river that runs through his campus). Regular blogger. Co-founder of the eponymous DK Cookies (on Facebook!).


Kimberly Erskine I ROWAN UNIVERSITY: Currently her university’s Social Media Coordinator. Near-perfect GPA. Made it to Round Three of Charlie Sheen’s #TigerBloodIntern contest. This media-savvy girl – who dreams of becoming a successful writer and has just published her first major article – is seriously cool.


Brittany Goodman I PEACE COLLEGE: Creative. Well-connected. Has interned with non-profits in Germany, England, and South Korea. Believes in social media as a form of communication that’s every bit as important and meaningful as any other channel (we agree!).


Angela Andaloro I PACE UNIVERSITY: Smart, ambitious, and committed to the creative life, with a list of personal and professional goals that would stretch from here to the moon and back. Currently a Social Media Marketing Intern in New York City.


Sarah Coffey I DRAKE UNIVERSITY: Friends describe her as a loyal, driven, creative goofball. But this high-octane double major (graphic design and PR) has a laser-like focus when it comes to achieving her goals. Weakness: “I’m absolutely addicted to the Food Network.”


Rachel Freeman I SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY: Creative, outgoing, detail-oriented. Undergrad degree – cum laude – in communications. Currently pursuing a master’s in broadcast and electronic communication arts. Currently Social Media Consultant at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Not-so-secret passion: Baseball (go, San Francisco Giants!).


Samantha (Sami) Main I UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA: Bright, passionate, a fierce multi-tasker. Claim to fame: Made it to Round Three of Charlie Sheen’s controversial #TigerBloodIntern contest.


Taylor Dunnigan I EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY: Funny, kind, passionate about social media (check out her YouTube channel and her popular blog, College Glamoration). Claims to fame: Competitive dancer, member of United States Dance Team, Silver Medalist at World Tap Dance Competition in Riesa, Germany.

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