Riley’s Internship Review

By Account Management Intern Riley O’Shea 

Well here I am at last, a Main-iac.  Countless Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays have been spent training for this very moment; I have reached the pinnacle of small business marketing-and-advertising summer intern success.  The journey was long, and boy, did I learn a thing or two along the way.  Allow me to share three takeaways from my epic quest to achieve “main-iac” status.

  1. Interns, Telephones, and Pavlov’s “Classical Conditioning”
  • If you are unfamiliar with Pavlov’s “Classical Conditioning” experiment, the Russian scientist conditioned dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell.  Much like the bell, the ring of Madison+Main’s phone triggers an automatic jolt of the interns’ right arms towards the telephone to quickly answer the call.  I have found this to be quite inconvenient outside of the office.


  1. Always Be Prepared for Important Meetings
  • Mojitos: ½ lime, 2 tbs sugar, 1.5 oz white rum, ½ cup club soda, mint leaves, served over ice


  1. Bold Brands Really Do Win
  • Dave and his crew of “Main-iacs” work tirelessly to sculpt the most effective brands for their clients.  Contrary to what I initially thought, this does not mean creating the most in-your-face ad campaigns or brightly colored logos.  The “Main-iacs” fuse their incredible creativity with calculated strategy to maximize their brands’ exposure.  These guys really mean business and have a blast while they do it.