From Corporate to Startup: The Benefits of Interning for a Startup Company

By: Paul Schwarz, DePaul University Marketing Student August 2017 Graduate

1What is Rent Like A Champion?
Three Notre Dame college students listed a vacant apartment on Craigslist and eBay, promoting it as a weekend rental for a football game. Dedicated fans quickly rented the space, grateful to stay somewhere more affordable, and closer, to the stadium.

The immediate success Derrick, Drew, and Jordan experienced evolved into a big game event renting platform, Rent Like A Champion. The company now offer home rentals in over twenty college towns nationwide. Rent Like A Champion is stationed out of Catapult Chicago, the well-known incubator for startup companies whose sales promise to scale quickly.

Rent Like A Champion was featured on the popular television show, Shark Tank, inevitably soaring recognition and sales for the young company after signing a contract with “Sharks,” Mark Cuban and Chris Sacca. The startup team, however, remains small with only seven members: Mike (CEO), Denise, Betty, Hank, Claire, Dave, and Tim.

Day One: Rent Like A Champion2

Gratefully, I was given the opportunity to intern for Rent Like A Champion. A phone
interview was followed by an in-person meeting with the CEO, Mike Doyle. I was anxious to learn I was the new intern for this becoming company. I’ve always felt a passion in entrepreneurship, so I was eager to observe the processes involved in a newer company. However, I have had several other internships prior to this experience, all of which were for large, corporate organizations.

The small, intimate environment, however, created a smooth and comfortable transition into this less familiar atmosphere. The team gave me a company branded t-shirt, coffee mug, and office supplies. After a brief introduction, Mike organized for me to individually meet with each member of the team to better understand their personal role as well as their background before working at Rent Like A Champion.

My experiences working for companies with thousands of employees made it impossible to know everyone. This smaller environment allowed me to personally engage with every member

of the team so that not only was I learning and gaining skills within my own role but I was learning of all the tasks required to operate the company as a whole. Ultimately, this unique company culture created a personable, intimate environment to work in and it highlighted the value of everyone involved in creating a single company.

Daily Tasks

My role at Rent Like A Champion was Business Development. This required me to call on past renters to drive demand during top sport events at the biggest marketed universities, maximize a city’s potential by finding prospective partners within youth sports and other events, and to maintain exceptional customer experience for current consumers.

Unlike interning for a corporation where your title determines your role within the company, startups aren’t limited by labels. To keep strong against competitors, new companies require constant creativity and innovation, skills encouraged by everyone belonging to the company. This unique aspect of younger companies allows you to expand beyond any single role.

Personal Reflection

My experiences prior to interning for Rent Like A Champion at large, corporate companies offered me insight into two different business cultures. There are distinct pros and cons between each setting and, ultimately, understanding your personality as well as your personal and professional goals can help determine where you will find the greatest success.

I recommend to anyone who values interpersonal skills and the ability to learn the processes of the beginning of a company to intern for a startup. I recommend to anyone who dreams of owning their own business one day to intern for a startup. I recommend to anyone who enjoys working within the corporate world but wants to experience a laid-back, welcoming environment to intern for a startup. My experience at Rent Like A Champion is invaluable and I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside men and women who valued the unique skills I could offer the team and encouraged me to think critically, creatively, and innovatively. I left the internship confirming my true passion: to start up my own company.

A Day in the Life of a 3M Intern-Jake Boria

JakeBThis summer I have been in intern for 3M. In this internship I am a sales representative, and work out of Austin, Texas. I am stationed within the Communications Market Division and the team I work for deals closely with AT&T. However, my internship didn’t start in Austin and I’ll explain that now. In the middle of May me and 34 other interns headed to 3M headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota for our internship orientation. Here we first gained access to the 3M system, and got settled in with new emails, computers, and phones. During our time in headquarters were taught the 3M sales model and got a greater understanding of 3M as a whole. However, that is a big task to do. 3M is a company composed of over 88,000 thousand employees globally and sells and manufactures over 55,000 products. Each and every intern had a different job and was assigned to different locations around the country. Before we left for our assignments however we did get to see some amazing this happening at 3M headquarters. For example, we got to tour the 3M Innovation center and you can see a picture of a few fellow interns and myself below.

During my time in Austin I have had a few different responsibilities. My largest comes from performing product trainings for our fiber products to AT&T tech garages. I have spent a few weeks in Houston and even spent time in Madison and Milwaukee WI. Below is a picture of a co-worker of mine conducting product training while I shadowed him in, Houston.JakeB1

On top of these product training’s I have spent a lot of time in the office doing some account analysis and finding key opportunities to sell and push several of our product lines. By bridging the gaps between product sales I have been able to identify tech garages nationally that should be a point of interest for our division. Lastly, I have spent a lot of time on and have helped conduct a ‘playbook’ for our AT&T team. A struggle that existed was confusion with a new CRM system, and hopefully through several meetings that I have lead I have made more simplified and easy to use.

This internship has taught me many things about both the job and myself. The most important thing that I have learned this summer is that it is okay to take on challenges that do not directly relate to your skill set. By getting familiar with excel and doing some account analysis I have been able to strengthen my skillset and have added value to the division in which I was placed. In terms of the job, I have learned that organization is so important for any field sales position, and by being organized with planning sales calls and visits you can truly be the most effective. I have loved my experience and have truly learned more than I thought was imaginable. My time in Austin has been wonderful, and I am glad I could intern for such a well respected and highly performing company.

3M has just posted their Summer 2017 Summer Internships.

Click here to read about the Sales Internship and the Marketing Internship.

A Day in the Life of a Walmart Intern- Anna Gleyzer

annagleyzerThis summer I am interning at Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. I am working in the Modular and Category Development department in consumables, specifically the laundry care group. Here at Walmart I have two projects this summer. My first project is to help with the assortment discipline process. My second project, the one I will be presenting at the end of the summer looks at how to get consumers to add value to their basket by buying a variety of products in the laundry care group.

I come into work every day Monday- Friday from 8am-5pm. We have multiple buildings here at Walmart but I work primarily at the home office. I will also travel between the Mohawk building (a conference center), and the Layout center, which has products on modulars for our department to work with. I come into work and take a look at what meetings I have that day and what still needs to get done with my project.

walmartblogI sit in a pod with 4 other people: Norm, who is the buyer for the laundry group and Kim, who is the replenishment manager. Then there’s Juan, who works on Keith’s team and does the mods for laundry. Lastly, there’s Jerome who is the buyer for dish soaps and sponges.

Working on these projects consists of multiple things. I work with a lot of data, primarily from a market research company called Nielsen, as well as working with the category team at Sun Laundry Corporation. Their category team has helped me with data, charts, and graphs. My project looks at consumer data of buying behaviors of laundry and looking at what the barriers are to cross purchasing in the 7 steps of laundry.

walmart2I then have lunch at the cafeteria in the home office with some of the other interns that I met. At the beginning of the program, we had a two day orientation and that is where I was able to make a group of friends working in all different departments here at Walmart. After lunch I usually either continue to work on my projects or I attend meetings. There are a couple different kinds of meetings I usually attend. I have meetings with my mentor, Martha, who works in the Marketing building doing market research. Walmart gives everyone of their interns a mentor and manager, so every 3 weeks I meet with her and touch base about how I’m doing and how my projects are coming along. I also attend biweekly meetings with the VP of our department, Corey, and his entire team.

walmart3The main meetings that I attend are assortment discipline meetings. Assortment discipline is a series of workshops that help the buyer know the most information about his category. These workshops include a kickoff meeting, customer behavior tree, and clustering. These meetings look at consumer insights data to help our buyers make the best decisions when buying products looking at customer loyalty.

This summer I’ve been learning a lot. I’ve been working primarily in the laundry group but have had interactions with buyers, associate buyers, and merchandising specialists in other consumables as well. I work with Nielsen data and different excel data sheets that show consumer trends on buying laundry products. I’ve also learned a lot of time management. Walmart is the world’s largest retailer and things move fast in the office. There are new products coming every day from the suppliers and because we rely so much on the consumers, Walmart has to be adaptable to what they want and what they are purchasing.

Walmart has given me the opportunity to work directly in the field that I would like to pursue after college, category management with consumer packaged goods. I have absorbed a lot of information that I will bring to my next position whether it be another role at Walmart, a retailer, or a consumer packaged goods company.

A Day in the Life of the Chicago Fire Intern- Jack Waite

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In the end this internship will help me in the future because it has given me a diverse and broad learning experience – Jack Waite, DePaul Marketing student and Summer Intern for the Chicago Fire

This summer I have had a wonderful opportunity and experience to be able to work within the Chicago Fire Soccer Club organization as a marketing and events intern. Specifically, I spend most of my time focuses on a specific department within the organization, the club ran recreational soccer league. This department is not only one of the mo st successful areas of the clubs business, but it also is the department that interacts the most with the organizations target market. The interaction on a daily basis outside a conventional has been a great learning experience and has given me insight on numerous strategies for the sports industry. As usual for a professional team, the Fire organization is large which can sometimes be overwhelming and prove to be a challenging place to learn as just a small fish in a large pond. However, working closely on a team of about ten people within a specific department has been extremely beneficial.

In realm of an events intern, day-to-day activities for this internship have remained fairly constant with exception of specific events such as Team USA game watches, tournaments, Fire matches, and other events. The main aspect of this area of the internship is to be at the events and make sure everything runs smoothly giving the fans and recreational players the best experience as possible. However, as a marketing intern my duties and projects fluctuate on a daily basis. Once a week the team sits down to go over the game plan for the day and week, communicate issues and opportunities, and to also brainstorm innovative ideas that would benefit not only the recreational soccer department, but also the organization as a whole. Recently I have brought many ideas to the table regarding the issues I set forth in my marketing plan. My hope is that these ideas and the plan that brought to the table will translate to a greater connection with the team and our specific department of recreational soccer. Additionally, there are some days and nights that I work intensively with the digital and social media specialist. Digital and social media is continuing to grow as a dominant marketing strategy which will prove to be crucial in my overall experience of learning the in’s and out’s of marketing. This aspect of the internship has also allowed me to be extremely creative and innovative which will become a key asset of mine in the future due to this experience. Furthermore, as in all areas of business, including marketing, there is definitely a sales aspect to the internship. Throughout the events and recreational league matches I am charged with the duty to collect payments from teams. Having to promote and sell has definitely gone a long way in developing me not only as a sales person, but also as a speaker to complete strangers, which has shifted from a personal weakness to strength due to this internship.

Overall, I believe this has been a great experience because I have been exposed to many areas of working with a professional sports team rather than just solely marketing. At first there was definitely more of a focus of the events portion of the internship but being proactive I reached out to my supervisor and sought more responsibilities within the marketing space. This led me to being much more involved with social and digital media which I believe has been the most beneficial aspect of the internship because it has allowed me to analyze consumer trends, and implement creative ideas based on my findings. In the end this internship will help me in the future because it has given me a diverse and broad learning experience, as well as, it has proven that there are numerous ways to make an impact within a professional sports organization outside of the front

A Day in the Life of a ZappySales Intern- Melanie Andres

zappysales2My name is Melanie Andres and I am currently a business development intern at ZappySales, an online retailer that sells a broad range of products including sporting goods, furniture, cosmetics, bedding, electronics, clothing, jewelry, and furniture. ZappySales was started four years ago by Igal Rubinshtien, alum of DePaul. Being a young company, it is fairly small. With a team of less than 20 people, many would think that ZappySales is minor, but once you look a little closer, you’d see that this is a company that is growing exponentially and is bursting at its seams. I think what I love most about this company is that they take on intern after intern, showing that they are open to young talent and the new ideas that come with them.

Since this was my first internship, I had no idea what to expect. I honestly thought that I would walk into something that would resemble Mad Men. I was wrong, but in many ways I’m glad that I was.

The ZappySales office is located right across the street from the Sears

The common area at the ZappySales offices

The common area at the ZappySales office

Tower. So right after my classes finish around 1pm, I take a short walk from the DePaul loop campus to the ZappySales office. The ZappySales office is rented out from Level, a company that owns seven floors of the building to a lot of start-ups and small businesses. Once I get to our floor, I am greeted by Dana, the front desk person for Level.

By the time I get to the office suite, Igal Rubinshtein and Andrew Porter, the CEO and the Director of Sales and Marketing, are already hard at work tending to their daily activities. Andrew usually briefs me on what tasks need to get done that day. My first task is usually taking care of backorders and emailing customers if there has been a delay in getting their item shipped out. After that, it has become my responsibility to facilitate relationships with wholesalers, so I usually get on the phone, make some calls, send some emails, and follow up with those that I have already gotten a conversation going with. The goal of these conversations is to ultimately find wholesalers that have products we can feature on our websites and marketplaces. Once we have come to an agreement with these wholesalers, the information is then given to the IT department to upload onto the websites. After that, I usually help out with the result of completing the backorder emails: the customer service emails asking for tracking numbers and cancellations. It’s something that I have recently been introduced to, and I’m getting the hang of it.

At the end of the work day, usually 5pm, I make my way back to the lobby, say goodbye to Dana, and make my way to the bus home.

Although it isn’t the glitz that Mad Men portrays, I now have a better understanding of what marketing is. Sales have become a big part of what I do every day, and it is something that I have found that I have a knack for. Having this sort of experience is valuable to me because by being exposed to different areas of marketing, it’s helping me steer myself towards something I’d love to do after graduating. The work may be demanding and fast paced, but seeing the results of facilitating relationships and being a part of a developing business make it more than worthwhile. And as this internship ends, I am happy to say that I have accepted a full time position with the company starting in June right after finals.


A Day in the life of a MARCH Marketing LLC. Intern- Caitlin Romolt

Hello everyone!

My name is Caitlin Romolt, and I am currently a marketing intern at an awesome military marketing company called MARCH Marketing LLC. MARCH is a military marketing company, which was started by a veteran himself, Tom Aiello. In fact, Tom recently received an award for North Western Kellogg students and alumni who have been named “2016 Youn Impact Scholars”. This group consists of the most innovative and creative Kellogg students and alumni passionate about social impact. We are a small marketing company that helps give back to other veterans who continue to help our country. This is through the use exclusive strategy, consulting, marketing, recruiting, public relations, social media, and word-of-mouth communications for products and services targeting military and veteran families. Every year 10% of our profits go to local veteran based charities. MARCH has already in the past four years, have raised over $100,000,000 and provided work for over 100,000 veterans. Giving back to the veteran community is what we strive to do as a company. We want to improve the lives of active members, veterans, and their families.

Part of my job as a marketing intern is working with a lot of nonprofit organizations that help raise money for veterans. These companies include Veteran Launch, Operation Rising Star, Helmets to Hardhats, and Rags of Honor. What I do as an intern, is heavy analytical skills. I retrieve their data given from my boss: including demographics, marketing strategies needed to be used, and organize base presentations using PowerPoints and PDFs for my boss to present to clients and other companies. For example, Operation Rising Star is a veteran talent agency. My job was to look at its competitors such as American Idol and The Voice and analyze their marketing strategies. These included websites, Facebook, and Twitter, and see what trends they were doing to make their marketing effective. I heavily use excel to keep a list of all the veteran owned companies that are in the United States, which is over 600 companies. As an intern I am very reliable and must meet exact deadlines for presentations, which I am given usually about a week to set up.

3As an intern I am learning every day
more and more about marketing. Being an intern at MARCH Marketing LLC is so rewarding. Knowing that our marketing agency is giving back to the veterans reassures that what I do for this company matters not only to the company but to the 25 million veterans who have served for our country.

Here is a picture of MARCH Marketing LLC leading the panel discussion at the IFJ with leaders of the VA, Defense Department, and National Guard! #DayintheLifeofaMARCHIntern #ILoveMyCompany

Well, that is all for now, I am still learning and being inspired by such a truly amazing company.



A Day in the Life of a Bosch Channel Marketing Intern- Tania DiNatale

??????Before I ever entered the “working” world, I never really understood or factored in the time it took to commute to work. Now, that’s all I calculate when talking about jobs.

6:00am alarm buzzes in my ear. I crack one eye open to see nothing but a light nightglow from the window. The sun hasn’t even risen yet and I am up- SNOOZE.

Fast forward 3 or 4 snoozes and I am racing against  the clock to get ready for the Clybourn Metra outbound train at 7:21 to Mt. Prospect. The uber drops me off at the train and I board, for what seems like, my second home- the train. Now, I enjoy this part of the morning, for I am not alone on this reverse commute. Just to give a little background, I work at Bosch Power Tool Corporation, specifically the headquarters in North America, which ultimately has 500+ employees in 7 different business units. So, on this reverse commute to Mt. Prospect, I see my fellow 17 brave commuters. A morning chitchat on the train is a must and 8 stops later, we all get off the train to then board the Bosch Commuter Bus with Carlos. Now, I only get to spend approximately 16 minutes with Carlos a day (train to Bosch, and round trip back to train after the workday is over) but he always puts a smile on my face. “Gooooooooood Morning fellow Bosch employees” brightens my day in the morning and “Areeeeeee we ready to go home everyone?” in the afternoon makes me feel taken care of. 8 minutes later, we arrive  to Bosch’s front doors, we walk down a 400 ft. hallway, I say farewell to my fellow commuters until our 4:21 bus back to the train, I go up one flight of stairs, I round the corner, say “Good Morning” to the Measuring Tools (MT) team and I make it to my cubicle by 8:00am. But my cubicle doesn’t really look like a cubicle- more like mix between a file/ storage cabinet.  But first, coffee. (Valid side note: I am beyond blessed to be one of the only business units (Measuring Tools) to have our own coffee set up so we can always have it at hand.) 2 creams, and 3 sugars later, I am back at my so-called “desk.”

Half of my desk is full of shipments and orders, and the other half is 1buried under paper work. First, I open up my computer, login to Outlook and check my meetings and such for the day. As I am a part time intern now (I was full time during the summer) I spend most of my time following through with the projects I have already started and keeping all promotions organized. I have worked on two big projects during the summer, one that stacks up the promotion side of my desk, which was Sell to Sail. The other was A+ pages for Amazon which was buried with all the paperwork on the other half of my desk.  I usually liked to make sure all of my shipments were out on time so I start with the Sell to Sail project every morning. The Sell to Sale project is an internal 1-year (started in January 2015) project for MT where whoever in the field sells the most, will win a free cruise in April 2016. This project is split between 3 business units (Accessories, MT, and Brand) so many meetings are set up through out the week to make sure all loose ends are met. I have personally created the “messages in a bottle” (reminders) about the contest. In addition, within those bottles where little “map messages” that I created with brand to give the guys in the field a little boost of confidence. (As the project continues to the end of internship 2(December), I am excited to see how it all falls into place.)

Roughly 4 hours of meetings, shipments, and mailroom visits, lunch finally arrives. Now, at Bosch, at exactly12:00pm the building is dinning in the cafeteria or en route to their lunch destination.  I usually grab a quick bite to eat in the cafeteria for two reasons. One is because Bosch subsidizes their cost of food for a cheaper more convenient (in the building) bite to eat. The second is because I don’t have a car. (But I mainly eat there because of the first point.)

The clock strikes 1:00pm and everyone is back in their cubicles grinding away at their work. By now, I am transitioning on to the other side of my desk, which is the current A+ page project. This is another project I started as a summer intern and am continuing to use and update until the end of internship. Bosch’s A+ pages are located on Amazon and they are meant to be a little profile of the products we sell. I was trained in how to update these pages but they are meant to be user friendly and easy place to understand how the products work, what the products kit includes and compare other products Bosch has. (A simplified version of) the process goes like this:

  1. Locate product manager’s specifications on MDP (Media Data Pool)
  2. Find pictures/ description of product
  3. Download information on computer
  4. Login/ copy and paste all info on to Amazon
  5. Get approved by Amazon

Then, repeat for EVERY Bosch product on Amazon, so one can see how3 this can be a lengthy project. There are two aspects that I really enjoy about this project. The first reason is that I get access all data on products, which gives ample opportunities to really understand the products at hand. The second reason is, and possibly my absolute favorite part, that my work is on Amazon!

Fast forward roughly 3 hours of research, Amazon, and downloads and 4:00pm rolls around. Everyday, before I head out, my manager and I have a quick wrap up chat for the day. Wrap up with manager? Check.  Now, for the commute back to Chicago.

Per usual, Carlos greets the 18 of us with his “Areeeeeee we ready to go home everyone?” We all grin happily, give a little sigh of exhaustion as he starts up the engine for us to make the 4:21 train to Chicago.

A Day in the Life of an Avant Intern- Alex Wallace

1Avant is a financial tech personal lending startup founded in 2013 by Al Goldstein, John Sun, and Paul Zhang. They founded Avant with the simple mission of lowering the costs and barriers of borrowing, and they have definitely made headway with the company quickly growing to over 500 employees. I fit into the  Avant landscape as a Performance marketing intern with a specific focus on our affiliate partnerships; I do a lot of research and analysis to make sure our partners are performing and happy. For a broader overview of Avant’s entire Marketing department I decided to compare it with a watch.

The Marketing department at Avant is like a watch. The unique design of the finished product appeals to consumers’ needs. However, while the design catches the purchaser’s eyes, it’s the intricate gear-work that really makes things tick. In other words, marketing is more than creating and promoting a company. It too has a “time-telling” function. At Avant, researching and analyzing data are the vital components needed to stay competitive and remain successful. Marketing encompasses a variety of skill sets, which is why Avant selects young talent with diverse backgrounds. In turn, this allows them to adapt to company culture and provide valuable contributions to the team.

Thus far in my internship my main projects have been creating an industry competitive analysis and monitoring specific partners’ performance. On top of this I have been learning SQL, a basic programming language that is used to run many of the platforms used by the marketing department and Avant. The combination of learning and contributing has been great and I have learned a lot about the lending and financial industries in a short space of time. My role should grow even further throughout the rest of the summer and I should soon be entrusted with a few affiliates of my own to communicate with and help onboard.  I love the open environment within in the company which helps promote cross-department collaboration as well as the enthusiastic workforce. I am excited to see what the rest of the summer holds.

A Day in the Life of a Motorola Solutions Intern- Nicole Jackson

aInterning for a company like Motorola Solutions, a big fortune 500 company, in the heart of the city, on Michigan Ave., and across from the bean, has been an amazing experience for me. Motorola Solutions, a publically traded company, is a relatively large company, with 14,000 employees in 60 countries. Obtaining this opportunity, along with being in a program with 5 other inside sales interns, and working alongside over 100 other interns in every department from across North America, has been the perfect scenario for my summer.

I will bring you along my personal guided tour of a day in the life as a North America-Inside Sales intern for Motorola Solutions.

I personally prefer to get into the office early, sat 8am, this allows me to leave by 4pm. Other interns that are not morning people, prefer to get in at 9am and then leave at 5pm. Motorola Solutions has three offices in Illinois, the headquarters for the company is in Schaumburg where all the interns are except a few. The Michigan Ave office is the sales office, you may be familiar with this office because of the huge letters on top of the building that read “MOTOROLA” this is my office. On the seventh floor, in the far corner is where the six of us sit, each in our own little cubicle, with little name tags that read our names, “interns”, and then a picture of our school mascot. This was pretty exciting on the first day, along with receiving desk phones, laptops, and badges. Each of us are assigned to a mentor, a full time employee within inside sales. This is beneficial in so many ways. My mentor is amazing, she constantly checks up on me, advises me on what I should be doing, and truly just wants for me to be successful in obtaining a full time position at the end, and make me feel welcome.

I  got a little off topic discussing more of the background information on the internship, but back to my day to day activities.  First, I like to start my day off “Data Mining” this allows me to get in groove of working. We are sent an excel spreadsheet of anywhere from 100-1000 names of community colleges, police/fire stations, hospitals, anywhere really that would use two-way radios. We then look up the place, find a contact and import the name, email, phone, and website into the excel spreadsheet. I usually do this till about 12:30, this is when we all go out to lunch together. After lunch, I switch it up to a different activity called “CallWorks Campaign” this is where we are given another spreadsheet, and we call the same type of places, ask to speak to whoever is in charge of security communications, and gage interest on wanting to be connected with an inside sales rep to learn more about Motorola Solutions products, such as two-way radios, batteries, accessories, and body cameras. Although, I have previously worked in an environment where I had to make basic sales calls, I am learning more about different approaches on how to tackle sales calls. I do this till 4pm, where I then pack up my computer and go home.

Lastly, I will cover the random events that we, as interns get to attend. Once a week we have a “lunch and learn” where the head of each department such as finance, HR, marketing etc. come in and talk to us about their job, how they got to where they are, their specific department, and product overview. Lunch and learns, are of course where they cater a variety of food. Other special events that we do throughout the 12 week program, are go on the odyssey cruise for lunch and a tour of the city, volunteer for American Red Cross, fand visit the cook county 911 dispatch center, where we will learn more about products and implementation. Lastly, another intern and I, got chosen last week to volunteer at a Motorola Solutions sponsored golf event in Barrington, which is coming up this week. At the end of the internship, all of us have final interviews, where they tell us if they are going to offer us a full time position after graduating.  That is the extent of my 12 week internship at Motorola Solutions,  definitely an amazing company, in which, I hope to continue full-time this December, after my last trimester.

A Day in the Life of a Chicago Steel Hockey Team Marketing Intern- Peter Wasyliw

aFirstly, you must really enjoy the game of hockey. This internship revolves around marketing a hockey team, obviously. We create blog posts for the team’s blog as well as managing it’s Twitter feed and gathering statistics about the team within the USHL. As an intern at the Chicago Steel, you are working for R.J. Bosworth with a “marketing intern” title. The company is really small as it’s just eight people managing the front offices of the Chicago Steel. As a marketing intern for the Chicago Steel, you also have the honors of being apart of their game day staff. These staff members set up for all home games. We set up merchandise stands, customer service stand as well as prepare for any youth hockey team visitors, locker room tours, etc. What I love most about working as an intern for the Chicago Steel is the environment. Everyone in the office is extremely nice and the work that we put together is so much fun and never really the same. Each and every day around the office is different. Coming up with a new blog post, new game day promotions and gathering statistics, sbomething is always changing.

The Chicago Steel are an awesome hockey team that are based in a hockey town. Being able to work for a company that has excellent fans allows me to have the opportunity to market for a good organization. I enjoy being able to interact with the players and other members of the organization on a daily basis. Being able to research player statistics and ways to better promotions and activities for our fans is a great part of our day to day adventure within the Chicago Steel organization.