Spring 2021 Intern
Julius Smith is a senior at Illinois Wesleyan University. This is his second semester as an intern at the SBDC.
Julius choose Marketing as a major because when he visited his mom at work, who was the Director of Finance and Accounting at a Marketing and Advertising Agency, he would escape the mudanity of excel sheets and visit the "cool and creative" work environment of the Marketing department. That is where he discovered what excellent problem solvers the Marketing team was, just like himself! He added a Product Design minor after realizing how important it was to create and develop product lines and design service system, after all the medium is the message. His ideal career would be as a business consultant, either independently or in-house, because that would give him the range to work with his varied interests.
The opportunity to work with grassroots organizations and local small businesses is what drew Julius to the SBDC internship. He hopes this experience will give him a great basis of understanding of the various challenges businesses face in today's world. His favorite part of his SBDC projects is how the work allows him to incorporate and grow the skills he already has while learning new ones. He has already learned about the importance of flexibility and how to respond thoughtfully instead of reacting to challenges. His projects include collateral for our monthly webinars, social media analytics, and a client project on marketing strategy development.
In his free time, Julius enjoys conducting research on the automotive industry and going for a nice drive. Julius is also a dual citizen and in the process of looking at graduate schools abroad. He is passionate about helping others connect to the world around them and believes "as humans develop, we should become more connected to the world in which we live and how our lives can and do affect the world around us."