By: Emily Hanisek
On my first day as an intern for Epic Web Studios I was invited to sit in on the Monday morning staff meeting. I remember listening to co-owner of Epic Web Studios, David Hunter, pump up the staff about keeping up with SEO, crawling, Google analytics, mockups, and other website development related terms. My head starting spinning, because I wasn’t familiar with those words nor did I know exactly what he was talking about. However, with the instruction of my advisor - Angela Kelly - and some good old research, I now have a full understanding of many keywords used in the website development industry. I feel confident that I could easily teach someone else about what I have learned.
Not only do I have a handle on the language of website development, but I also gained hands-on experience by helping build websites. During my time at Epic Web Studios I learned how to write content for websites so that it would reach a higher Search Engine Optimization (SEO) ranking. This taught me how to be more creative with my writing to improve the SEO while also keeping the content flowing and informative for the reader. I learned how to navigate and utilize Epic’s own in-house Content Management System (CMS) or backend of a website. Each customized detail in the CMS taught me the importance of SEO such as working on Meta descriptions, creating well-written headings, browser title bars and utilizing the SEO Toolbox for keyword density tools.
Although my internship position was content development, I also had the chance to observe and assist with the Social Media department. I was able to learn about different types of posts and campaigns that work to involve social media audiences. Utilizing social media to promote a business or company is fairly new, but still has rules and guidelines to it. I learned why it is so important for a business to have a good social media team, like Epic Web Studios, that knows what they are doing.
For the duration of my internship at Epic, I gained a great amount of experience and knowledge about the process of website development. I learned about the importance a good website can play on the success of a business and was able contribute in the process by piecing together each essential component of a website. I was able to work on various types of projects and learned great tips and insights from Epic Web Studios’ trained staff. Overall, I am so thankful for this opportunity to intern at Epic Web Studios. From this experience I will take away knowledge of website development as well as some great memories. I recommend interning at Epic Web Studios to all of those who are eager to learn and who are looking for a great experience with a professional website development or social media team. Thank you again to the wonderful Epic Web Studios staff for this chance to grow and learn.