As I wrap up my internship at C+R Research, I’ve started to think back on all I’ve learned and experienced throughout these past five months. I came in intending to expand my marketing research knowledge but have achieved so much more. In addition to building on my technical skills, such as report writing and data visualization, I’ve learned how to manage research projects and foster successful client relationships effectively.
It has been fascinating to work in the market research business because it provides the opportunity to work with clients across several industries. No single project I’ve worked on has been like the next; the approaches and methodologies for each project vary greatly from one another, making each new project exciting and unique! It’s a very exciting time to work in market research because several new research techniques are emerging, and the team at C+R takes full advantage by incorporating these new methods into their projects. It’s been inspiring and refreshing to intern at a company that embraces change and innovation.
I went into my internship with the expectation that I wouldn’t have much direct involvement with research projects; however, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself being included on the team in several client-facing projects from the get-go. One of the most rewarding aspects of my internship was having the opportunity to work on a project from start to finish. I picked up several best practices for project management by observing a project from its kick-off. I found it extremely beneficial to observe experienced researchers throughout an entire project because I saw how they tackled all the challenges that were presented throughout the scope of the project. I also benefited from having a team to turn to whenever an unfamiliar concept or situation came up because they were always there to answer my questions. I now feel more knowledgeable and better equipped to manage research projects in the future.
I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with all the amazing people at C+R! It has been a pleasure to learn from such passionate and intelligent colleagues. I’m very thankful for my time at C+R Research and everything I’ve learned throughout my internship. I’m excited to apply all that I’ve learned throughout my future!