As a student in my final year of study, the question of a research topic naturally came into my mind last year. It was not that difficult for me to choose the area of interest of what I would like to work with: social media, communication and Indonesia. So the next step for me was to find a a good company to conduct my research and Google was the natural choice of tool to trawl the internet. After a while, I have a list of at least five companies which I deemed as suitable destinations. One didn’t give any reply, another one said they don’t have any available slot, and three gave positive answers.
Then the matter of filtering came down into my next criteria: progressive, appreciative, and great company culture. Why the three criteria you might ask? Well, personally, I did my internship and research not only to fulfill the academic requirement, but it was also because of my growing passion in social media as well as the lack of media research in Indonesia. Conventional public relation companies are too focused on financial bottom line and doesn’t pay too much attention on research. Progressive companies like Maverick appreciate data and information, an ideal place for me to conduct my research.
Next comes the appreciation towards their stakeholders, and in my case, interns. Maverick listened to what I wanted to do. There were two way communications and they appreciate what I aspire to do during my internship. This is especially important for me since I have been working for a decade before I further my study, and there were not that many companies that actually do those things. Satisfied with what I have found, this particular page in the website hooked me: http://www.maverick.co.id/career/nmd/. Once I received the confirmation from Maverick, I booked my ticket immediately.
From then onwards the rest is history. The actual experience was even more mind blowing and exciting. My research partner and me not only were given plenty freedom to design and conduct the research as long as the objective is reached, but I was also given the honor and trust to help contributing the development of their internal projects. One of the reasons is of course the people (Mavbros and Mavchicks as they like to be called) with whom I worked with. It was so rare that days are boring and monotonous. Hard work, laughter, awesome weirdness and food might be the best words to represent those days. They certainly know how to give their best effort at work, but they also know how to balance those with great fun and excitement. It was one of a kind experience and I got what I wanted with a bonus, the company and friendship from my mav bros and sis. This is my thank to everyone of you in Maverick. Keep being the most respected in all aspects!
(Charlie TJ was an intern in Maverick from January 16th – April 13th 2012. He study at Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan University, Stockholm, Sweden.)