In a matter of months, MBA candidate Ian E. Jackson has traveled to Asia for the first time, balanced three classes and worked two jobs. Reflecting on his action-packed summer, Ian says that his internship experience with Digital Surgeons has made all the hard work worth it.
“Whenever asked what my dream job is, I reply that I want to do marketing at a media-based firm,” Ian says, “and Digital Surgeons isn’t too far from that.” Digital Surgeons, headquartered in New Haven, CT., was formed in 2007 by a group of passionate visionaries, technophiles, and strategists. For Digital Surgeons, “‘good enough’ is not in our vernacular.”
As an intern, and despite limited knowledge of the business, Ian assisted the launch of two websites and created new ideas for clients. How was Ian able to excel? He says quite simply, he’d just ‘Google’ it and strategize from there. “If there was ever anything I didn’t know, I was able to use Google and find out myself as opposed to asking someone else and breaking their creative train of thought.”
At the agency of 30 designers, developers and account executives, Ian says the group forms a little clan of creative thinkers. There are no desks, and instead everyone sits at industrial-style tables in rows. The office kitchen is filled with books to read and a couch surrounded by several Bean Bag chairs. Even better Ian says, “There is a loft with a TV and Xbox so that after a long day of staring at a computer screen, you can stare at a bigger one and blow up aliens.”
Ian says that he can see himself working for Digital Surgeons in the future. “The idea of being able to be creative and free to do as I please in this very open and welcoming environment is something that I value in a job.”
“If I can I say I learned anything from this internship aside from the technical skills, it would independence. By no means did I just play this summer, no, no! You have to be hardworking and resilient to work at Digital Surgeons, because to them it’s all about the ‘blood, sweat and pixels’.”