6 PILLARS MARKETING

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The internship program at 6 Pillars Marketing is designed to help develop the skills of our interns and give them hands-on experience in a professional setting. We look for individuals who are truly passionate about their focus area and are eager to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world. Many of our interns have gone on to become part- or full-time employees at 6 Pillars Marketing or have successful careers in their fields of study. As a company, we are always growing and we hope to cultivate the talent of everyone on our team. If you have a desire to learn and believe you can be an asset to our company, we encourage you to apply.

Marketing Intern:
The intern will assist in the support and development of marketing strategies while also helping to drive revenue and sales initiatives. Tasks will both relate to internal and external branding, networking and client services. Monitoring and understanding the market is essential to assisting with proposals, campaign design and driving future prospects for the company. Intern will assist on social media projects, including increasing follower growth, for clients. Other tasks include assisting marketing team with websites, marketing and other client strategies; performing research and development to support marketing division; assisting on PR projects; helping to prepare surveys; supporting marketing event planning and initiatives; and performing other marketing related tasks, as assigned.

Requirements
Interest in business and communications
Basic understanding of advertising principles
Effective written and verbal communication skills
Ability to assist in the preparation of client presentations
Continued monitoring of the market and target audiences
Outgoing and professional

See what our interns have to say about their experience at 6 Pillars Marketing:

Caitlyn - Marketing Intern

I was so ecstatic when I received the opportunity to participate in an internship at 6PM. I loved the agency’s reputation and the amount of knowledge I knew I would be able to learn through the staff and supervisors. Since 6PM deals with a vast variety of accounts on a daily basis, I felt confident that it would help me gain the “real life” experience I desired, especially in working with clients and focusing on social media marketing. The internship at 6PM did just that!

I grew up in Mililani, went to Hanalani Schools, and attended the University of Hawaii at West Oahu (UHWO), where I earned my BA in Business Administration in 2021. It was during my final year at UHWO that I interned with 6PM. I had many opportunities to work on social media projects, including collecting draft images, curating captions and hashtags, and creating inspirational story ideas. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to create holiday social media campaigns. I found great satisfaction being able to use my own ideas to create preliminary concepts. Other marketing activities included website evaluations, event planning stages, competitive reviews and evaluations of local media stations.

Overall, the internship was a great experience. I learned a lot about the different aspects of marketing and dealing with diverse clients. It helped me understand that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach that can be taken. It is important to understand your client and their brand to create the best content. It was interesting for me to see firsthand how 6PM works to accommodate each client.

Perhaps the area where I grew the most was in my communication skills. Since this was a remote internship due to the pandemic, I would correspond daily with 6PM supervisors through email to check-in and receive my assignments. There would also be days that group projects were assigned. In the past, I did not have a lot of experience working on group projects and, in the beginning, it was a learning adjustment. In time, I grew to love working with my colleagues to complete assignments.

My long-term career goal is to one day build a business that incorporates a sustainable lifestyle brand involving fashion. I also have a love for animals and want to create a connection between animals and their owners through an eco-conscious brand. In the meantime, I look forward to taking what I’ve learned at 6PM to a small business where I can help them define their marketing goals.

I highly recommend the 6PM internship to other marketing students. I enjoyed every project assigned to me. Even if I wasn’t knowledgeable on a topic, it was an opportunity to learn and ask questions. Also, the company is very flexible with school schedules, and the supervisors are very helpful in giving guidance. I am so thankful to have had this valuable experience.

Frances - Marketing, Public Relations, Events Intern

When I was accepted into the 6 Pillars Marketing internship, my goals were to gain insights about various businesses, explore the broader scope of marketing, and understand how current trends factor into the marketing process. With the chance to work on social media, public relations, sales and advertising, and digital projects, I was able to achieve these goals! With a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the 6PM internship provided a wonderful stepping stool for my future career.

I learned about 6PM’s internship on the Handshake jobs/internship board and thought it was a good match for my major. While I missed the in-person interaction due to the pandemic, I found that it was still a great way to meet new people. I was able to work with other college students, as we were often given group assignments.

While interning, my responsibilities included auditing website pages and analyzing social media accounts, including assisting with campaigns, choosing photos and creating captions. I analyzed public relations statements and work, organized and created templates, and drafted campaign ideas. I also helped to communicate with shopping center tenants, as well as organize and set up meetings. I especially enjoyed creating social media campaign captions for holidays and contest giveaways. I was pleased to be able to use what I learned in my digital marketing elective class on website audit projects.
During the time that I interned, I worked extremely hard and learned to manage my time wisely. I learned that if I put in my best efforts, I would get rewarded. I gained many insights, including a better understanding of what clients need from a marketing agency.

Overall, the internship helped develop my work ethic and passion for creating ideas that I believed were worth presenting. I was able to put into action all that I learned in order to execute the proposed ideas/campaigns. The activities that I took on during the internship helped me excel in my classes. Also, the 6PM mentors were very helpful. If I ever needed assistance, they were always there to help me.

I moved to Hawaii from the Philippines in 2006 and grew up in Kalihi on the island of Oahu. Now, as I continue my life journey, I am able to apply the experience that I had at 6PM. I believe it has provided me with a solid foundation for the future. In the long-term, my goal is to work as a freelancer and a creative director for a firm.

I highly recommend the 6PM internship. Not only are you going to learn about marketing in general, but you will be able to work with the different marketing pillars as well. I encourage future 6PM interns to take risks and be confident. Take on the challenges and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Gio - Marketing, Public Relations Intern

I was attending the University of Hawaii West Oahu when I learned about 6 Pillars Marketing’s internship program at a career fair. I thought it would be a great place to enhance my marketing skills and learn about client work at a fast-paced firm. Despite that COVID-19 restrictions limited my internship to a remote experience, it effectively exposed me to an array of marketing and advertising tasks. It provided me with valuable insight and knowledge to take into my future career.

A local boy with island roots, my interests include fitness/health, nutrition, social media, graphic designs, marketing, and business management. Since 6PM retains a wide variety of clients from different industries, it provided me with a glimpse into the spectrum of marketing that can be applied to different types of clients. In the time I spent as an intern, I was able to build experience by learning how to meet the needs of different clients.

I was active in creating social media posts and updates, website development, social media analysis reports, market analysis reports, and metric reports. I was able to learn various aspects of social media platforms such as Instagram Reels and Facebook Live. I gained an in-depth understanding about how to target the right demographics and steps to making an effective caption for posts.

One particular project that stands out is the social media marketing I coordinated for the Hawaii division of a national brewing company. There are many moving parts when it comes to creating effective social media for a client. The task demands attention to detail. When creating an Instagram caption, it’s critical to follow the specific brand guideline, reflect accurate facts and details, and target the correct audiences. I had to consider previous and future posts as well for continuity. Each post required at least 20 appropriate hashtags. I learned just how pivotal hashtags are to expanding an Instagram audience, increasing engagement and elevating exposure. This is accomplished through careful research about which hashtags are popular and growing. Ultimately, I created a flowchart to manage the abundance of details. This assignment gave me my first real-world experience with the intricate process of social media marketing.

As a recent graduate with a BA in Business Administration, I look forward to applying my newly acquired marketing skills. While my short-term goal is to seek employment at a marketing firm where I can further develop my skills, my dream is to someday own my own business. I know that I will be propelled by what I’ve learned at 6PM, a locally owned, fast-paced and meticulous marketing company.

I would highly recommend the 6PM internship program to anyone who sees marketing in their future, especially those with an interest and passion for social media. If you stay focused, open-minded and creative, this opportunity will deliver a wide range of benefits. The 6PM internship is a perfect first step for any marketing career.

Jasmine - Marketing and Public Relations Intern

If you are looking for an internship that will help prepare you for the business world, you have come to the right place. What I found most beneficial about my internship with 6 Pillars Marketing was that it brought me closer to my goal of becoming a future business professional and leader. I firmly believe that this internship has given me the foundation needed to work in the business field.

I grew up in Makiki and attended Maryknoll High School. I went on to attend the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where I earned my B.B.A. in Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Management. While there, I learned about the 6PM Internship at a business club event. I believed that 6PM had a positive culture and was a successful agency where I could learn a lot about marketing. I decided to pursue the opportunity, and I am so pleased that I did.

Going into the internship, my goal was to gain experience in the field of marketing. I wanted to learn about public relations, corporate image management and marketing strategies used for customer acquisitions. I was given the opportunity to shadow and assist 6PM’s Senior Public Relations Manager and also rotated through various departments such as event planning and social media. Through this rotation, I improved my internet research skills, work ethic, and communication.

While at 6PM, I learned how to write copy, develop strategies, manage client relations, coordinate events/book performers, and generate engagement on social media. I also assisted with updating presentations and marketing reports. When COVID occurred in the middle of my internship, I assisted with research to ensure that the organization adapted to the changing environment smoothly. What I learned in the process is that marketing is not as straightforward as it seems. It requires coordination, communication, flexibility, teamwork, and time management.

I valued the opportunities I was given to leave the office and visit client sites, where I gained more insights on client relations by sitting in on meetings. I was able to connect what I was learning from the internship with what I was learning from my marketing classes. Even if some tasks were tedious, it helped improve my attention to detail and I learned from those experiences as well.

Overall, I believe that this internship would benefit anyone looking for a career in marketing. It will serve as a great learning experience that others may not take advantage of, giving you an advantage over them. It will also increase your network of business professionals. Plus, everyone at the agency was very welcoming and friendly.

I look forward to moving forward with my career and believe that this internship gave me a valuable experience that I can bring to my next job. Through my time at 6PM, I grew a lot personally and professionally. I believe that other students can do the same.

Brittany - Marketing Intern

I am a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley writing to recommend the internship program at 6 Pillars Marketing.

My background is rooted here in Honolulu, Hawaii. I attended Hawaii Baptist Academy for grade school and high school. I received Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business.

As I worked towards my two business degrees, I gravitated towards Finance, however I wanted to explore other opportunities within the business field. Being an active member of the American Marketing Association business club, I attended a “Professionals Industry Night” where I was introduced to 6 Pillars Marketing. The internship opportunity arose to work closely with an Account Executive at 6 Pillars Marketing. My internship goal was to get a glimpse of a full-service marketing company and develop a better understanding of marketing strategies.

My internship at 6PM focused on developing a prospect into a client and executing customized marketing strategies. I experienced the prospect meeting and pitching the initial proposal. I experienced onboarding a new client and having an on-site company visit to gain a better understanding of the client‘s vision. I experienced a team “think tank” environment as we took the client’s vision and created a cohesive and customized marketing strategy and brand. It was from this well-rounded experience that I discovered my strengths, weaknesses, and passion.

Fast forward to today with seven years in the financial services industry, I carry and apply skills that I learned from my internship. My new client process and business marketing strategy stemmed from my experience with 6 Pillars Marketing. My business practice would not be as successful today if it wasn’t for the marketing foundation I learned at 6PM. I am grateful to the 6 Pillars Marketing management team for being a reference and supporter throughout my finance career.

I highly recommend that students dedicate time for internships. The opportunity to shadow successful professionals and experience their day-to-day is an insightful perspective you won’t get from your first job out of college. From shadowing I was able to ask myself, “Does this career and lifestyle fulfill my passion and purpose in life?” When you start putting lots of hours and working hard at the bottom of the ladder, you want to know with confidence that you are headed in the right career path. An internship is one of the best investments you can make in yourself.

Landon - Graphic Design Intern

If you’re in search of an internship relating to the fields of marketing, public relations or graphic design, I strongly suggest taking a look into 6 Pillars Marketing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at West Oahu with a degree in General Creative Media. At the time, I was in search of an internship where I would be able to apply and strengthen my skill set and gain valuable experience. I can honestly say that applying for the graphic design internship position at 6 Pillars Marketing has become one of the best decisions I made throughout my college career.

I completed my internship during the fall semester. During that time of the year is the holiday season, so a few tasks that I was given were for upcoming Halloween and Christmas events at various hotels and shopping centers. After the completion of my internship at 6 Pillars Marketing, there have been a few key lessons learned during my time there. First, work hard and build a good work ethic; You definitely get out what you put in, meaning that if you don’t put the time and effort into your work, don’t expect to get good results. Second, be flexible and open to criticism; There will be a lot of back and forth with revisions of your work because there are certain standards and requirements that need to be met. Lastly, manage your time wisely; You’re on their time, not yours. They have specific deadlines that need to be met, so do your part by completing the given task in a timely manner.

Currently, I’m working at Roy’s Restaurant in Ko ‘Olina. I have not yet applied for a full-time position, but I know that 6 Pillars Marketing has supplied me with the valuable work experience and lessons needed to be successful in the future. 6 Pillars Marketing is also a valid reference to add to my resume in the future when searching for a full-time position. My recommendation to any future intern is to just get out there and do it. My internship with 6 Pillars Marketing has given me a first-hand experience to figure out if I’m able to turn my field of study into a full-time career.

Jaclyn - Public Relations Intern

I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and graduated from Punahou School. I left the island to attend Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, California. Although I was majoring in English, after exploring potential career options, I found an interest in marketing and public relations. When I returned home from college for the summer following my sophomore year, I wanted an internship that would help me explore this career path. After researching marketing companies in Hawaii, I found 6 Pillars Marketing (6PM) and contacted them about a possible internship. I interviewed with them and the rest was history. Although I returned back to LA at the conclusion of the summer to continue my education at LMU, where I later graduated with a BA in English with a journalism concentration, and minored in Sociology, I kept in contact with the 6PM family.

Reflecting on my internship with 6PM, I am grateful that it allowed me to develop skills in PR and work on a variety of projects. Being that it’s a small (but mighty) company, it provided me with guidance from experienced professionals, while also allowing me to take ownership of projects. The year after I interned, I reached out to 6PM, asking if they could use extra marketing assistance. During this time, I created proposal decks for clients and developed a social media marketing strategy utilizing a popular, social media application at the time, which I also presented to clients in meetings.

To this day, the 6 Pillars Marketing team serves as a wonderful mentor to me. When I was applying for my previous position, the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator at Hawaii Energy, they not only gave me advice, but also was one of my references for the position. Currently, I am still at Hawaii Energy but am now the Public Relations and Events Specialist.

I’m appreciative of the lifelong experience that 6PM has given me and am excited for the future of 6PM and the journey of its future interns. For future interns, take advantage of the opportunities for growth, and be open to experiencing the nimble aspects of a PR agency. Working with a variety of clients, learning how to meet each of their unique needs is important with any job in PR, so going above and beyond to understand this, and also keep your ear to the ground for new ideas to pitch to them, will help you to further your growth in your internship.

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