Staff Spotlight

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Gaining Valuable Experience as a Partnership Intern

My experience at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership as a marketing and events intern was valuable. The working culture was conducive to learning and everyone was very friendly. I had a chance not only to work for marketing and events, but to also check out other departments.  My supervisor, Krystal Testa, did not limit me to only one area, instead, she encouraged me to learn as much as possible while I was with the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. I was able to showcase my marketing skills while also developing new ones during my time working with the marketing team. I worked on many projects and received training on their customer relationship management (CRM) system and WordPress.

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Staff Spotlight: Jeff Conrad

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to have Jeffrey Conrad serve as our Senior Director of Workforce Development. Jeff is responsible for managing the Partnership’s Manufacturing Council, advising our members on workforce development issues, and contributing to community-wide workforce development efforts.

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More Than Just an Internship

When asked about my time as an intern at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, I have a difficult time giving an easily summarized response. This is because for the past two months, I have had anything but a ‘simple’ experience as the Partnership’s Marketing and Engagement intern. From the projects and tasks that I have had the opportunity to work on, to the invaluable connections and personal relationships I have made, I could not be more appreciative of this experience.

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My Experience as an Intern at the Partnership

My time at the Partnership on the Economic Development team was an amazing experience, to say the least. First of all, this is my first experience working in an office. It’s very different from working retail or at a summer camp, which is what I am used to. The environment was just so welcoming here — everyone is nice and cheery in the mornings (most of the time) and an all-around joy to work with. It was honestly my first job where I got up in the morning and looked forward to coming to with anticipation as to what task they were going to have me work on next, and they always kept me busy.

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What it was like to Intern at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership

The time I spent with the Partnership in the events and marketing departments has been an incredible learning opportunity. The staff I worked with were very helpful and presented me with amazing learning opportunities. I have been very fortunate because after completing my first internship with the events team, I was asked to come back a second time to help more broadly with events and marketing.  I was happy to accept both offers because these are not the types of internships where you just stand back and observe the professionals – they are very hands on and I am very grateful for that. I was able to jump in on everything that was going on and was given multiple tasks to own. The internships gave me a chance to see how everything works in the events and marketing fields and, more importantly, how they work together. Being able to be so involved really showed me what the job entails.