It was a cloudy Tuesday morning, unusually cold for SoCal. I had barely gotten any sleep last night thinking about beginning my new life the next day.
At 9 a.m., I set out from my house in Irvine to make my commute to Brea. When I finally set foot in the DreamHost office for the first time, I felt more amazed and lost than ever. The office was amazing, and it looked ten times bigger and cooler than in the pictures I’d seen on Facebook. It was quiet, and the amount of focus everyone seemed to have intimidated me. I was shown to my very own desk, complete with two screens and a beautiful view of Brea behind me. I sat down, trying to take it all in. I would finally begin my long-anticipated internship today.
As you may or may not have noticed, I am the new Marketing Intern for DreamHost. My name is Michelle Nie, and I am a rising second-year student at UC Berkeley originally from Irvine. I’m an intended business and political science major who also has interests in tech and design, which is why DreamHost and this internship are so exciting to me.
When I first heard about this internship, I knew I had to apply, not just because it would be a really great experience but also because I fell in love with the company. Reading up on the company, scrolling through the blogs… Stepping foot in the office for the first time, I could truly see why DreamHost reigns on WorldBlu’s Most Democratic Workplaces list (even democratic by my Berkeleyan standards) — among my favorite parts of the office were the Xbox, the kitchen stocked with yummy snacks, and the ability to wear whatever I want to work! I couldn’t have been happier to swap my “business casual” slacks for jeans and sandals.
I was in for quite a treat that first day: I would be visiting not one, but two DreamHost offices on the same day! After one scary Uber ride over to the LA office (aka AON), the Marketing team rendezvoused for lunch, where my tiny tuna tower was voted “Cutest Lunch” by the other team members.
Then, it was off to the social at AON, where I met a bunch more people. Everyone I met that day from both offices was so friendly and helpful, further reaffirming what I’d read about DreamHost’s friendliness to its new employees.
Of course, as I soon found out, DreamHost works as hard as it plays. I knew right from the start that I’d have to really step up my marketing and social media game. My main goal for the internship is to contribute to the Marketing team’s efforts by developing a new social media strategy. As for my own personal goal, I plan to learn as much as I can in the next few months about marketing, the company, and the web hosting industry.
I’m incredibly excited about the great opportunities ahead at DreamHost. Stay tuned; more exciting adventures are sure to come!