By Ronak Parida, DLE Marketing/Content Creator Intern, Junior at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Former DLE Intern Connor Joyce has been hard at work since his departure from the DLE after graduating in May from Syracuse University.
After a short summer break, Connor stepped into the position of Assistant Video Investor with Horizon Media, a media agency, under the subsidiary Horizon Next, which focuses on marketing consulting. In his new role, Connor serves as a liaison between clients and the networks they wish to advertise on.
“My work involves scheduling advertisements in a slot that works with the client’s budget. Much of the work consists of analyzing what are called ‘prelogs,’ which are schedules of advertisements set to run on a network, and making sure that another company didn’t take the client’s designated spot by paying more than the client,” he explains.
Connor credits his DLE internship with helping him gain the confidence to advance into the workplace. “The structure of having team planning meetings twice a week really helped me to be a part of a team dynamic, to be attentive to meeting deadlines and to work together to keep an eye on how things are going,” he notes.
During his internship, he also had a voice to sound out ideas and provide constructive feedback—assets that have propelled him in his new job. Despite differences in ages and experience levels, the DLE team environment was extremely open and receptive. “Just because I was an intern did not make any of my input or suggestions less valid when attending DLE Advisory Board meetings. The environment gave me the courage to speak up.”
That confidence has carried into his first, post-college job. He has transitioned his networking skills from connecting with DLE members to write articles for the HUB to connecting with colleagues at Horizon Media. “I have to reach out to people via email every day. Linda (Dulye)’s advice on how to be cordial through an email and how to interact with professionalism was one of the biggest skills I learned in my time with the DLE,” he reflects.
Keep soaring, Connor—and keep applying your internship learning to career success!
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