Summer Intern Chronicles: Jordan Plummer from Suffolk University

Marketing intern at Cape Cod 5...
Jordan Plummer is a student at Suffolk University and a marketing intern at Cape Cod 5. (Courtesy photo)

My name is Jordan Plummer and I am currently enjoying my position as Cape Cod 5’s Marketing Intern.  This Fall I will be entering the final semester of my senior year at Suffolk University, where I am studying Marketing with a minor in Advertising.  I was born and raised in Sandwich, Massachusetts and I can’t imagine spending my summers anywhere besides the Cape, so I am very grateful to have an internship I love in the place that I love! 

I am fortunate enough to be in the midst of my third summer interning with Cape Cod 5.  Throughout my time here, I have held positions in Retail, Banking Services, and most recently I have been given the opportunity to pioneer the Bank’s first intern position in Marketing.  A significant part of my position involves leading a two-month long project in conjunction with our Marketing department and the Cape Cod Baseball League.  I am responsible for coordinating player appearances with all ten of the Cape League teams at our Banking Centers as well as coordinating the ten Cape Cod 5 sponsored game nights throughout the season.  I have led this project for the past two summers and I have loved every minute of it, as it allows me to meet new people throughout the Bank, the Cape League and members of the communities that we serve.  In addition to that project, my role as a Marketing Intern this summer has consisted of a variety of tasks assisting with social media, digital, financial education, and events - you never know what a day of marketing has in store!  So far, I have gained an abundance of real-life marketing experiences that have provided me with not only a new perspective into the subject that I spent the past three years studying at college, but also a deeper understanding and awareness of my own abilities.  

My internship with Cape Cod 5 has changed my professional outlook in several important ways.  Prior to my experience with the Bank, I had a preconceived notion of what an internship may be like based on stories I had heard and the portrayal of internships in the media.  I thought that in any internship, it was likely that I would be doing the tedious grunt work that nobody wanted to do and that my efforts as an intern would really not make much of an impact in the grand scheme of things.  However, these misconceptions could not have been more inaccurate in terms of describing my experience with Cape Cod 5.  All of the tasks that I have been assigned from my first day here have been of value and nobody has ever given me a task that they would not or have not already done themselves.  I would actually say the exact opposite, as there have been numerous times where I have had the opportunity to assist with worthwhile events, such as traveling to Martha’s Vineyard on a beautiful, sunny day to help out with the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event.  My team shares these fun experiences with me because they want me to learn as much as I can while having as much fun as I can.  I had also thought that interns were really only there to alleviate some of the workload for their department, and while I believe that is definitely one purpose of interns, there is so much more to it than that.  The interns at the Bank are encouraged and supported in making the most of their experience through whatever they feel will benefit them the most, from shadowing another department to volunteering at a community event sponsored by the Bank.  Cape Cod 5 also hosts “Breakfasts and Banking” events for the interns, where Senior Officers come in and talk to us about what they do, what led them to where they are and any advice that they may have for us.  These are so meaningful and unique in that the interns have the opportunity to learn from many high-level employees in an intimate small group setting where questions are not just accepted, they are encouraged.  Instead of being intimidated by the Senior Officers, they become familiar and friendly faces for the interns which speaks volumes as to what it is like working for the Bank.

Having had the opportunity to intern with Cape Cod 5, my advice for college students is to take advantage of internships.  Even if you are not sure about a particular job or industry, give it a try anyways.  The experience may not be exactly what you imagined, but there is a strong possibility that it could be even better!  I never expected to take a job in the banking industry but I couldn’t be happier that I did.  Internships will help you to understand what you are really looking for in a career and help you to decide if that is even a career path that you have interest in pursuing.  If you have an internship in your major, you may be reassured that you are following the right path and are on your way to having a career doing what you love.  On the other hand, you may find that what you are doing is not what you had in mind and change your course of study entirely.  Choosing what you would like to do for potentially the rest of your life at eighteen years old is terrifying, but taking advantage of internships will help in either confirming or changing your plans in a way that the classroom would never be able to.  While you’re interning, be sure to utilize any and all opportunities as well.  Go on work trips, volunteer for community events, shadow departments that interest you, etc.  Being as involved as possible is important because the more you put in, the more you will get out of your experience.  If you have an internship and you decide that career is not the one for you, not to worry!  Try as many internships out as you can and your coworkers may even be able to connect you with an opportunity elsewhere that is better suited for you.  On the other hand, you may take an internship and absolutely love everything about what you’re doing.  My internship experience has reassured me that marketing is the right course of study for me and has made me so excited for my future career in that field.


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