The Farmers Insurance Intern- Alexandra Rodriguez

A Day in the Life of a Farmers Marketing Intern

Alex Rodriguez and her boss, Lisa, marketing at Lincoln Ave Live Festival

Intern Alex Rodriguez and her boss, Lisa, marketing at Lincoln Ave Live Festival

Monday: I walk in the door of Farmers Insurance at 10 am energized and excited for the day. Bella greets me first jumping around, barking, and excited that I have finally arrived. Lisa greets me and asks me to help her gather paper work and pamphlets ready we are going on a “field trip”, there is a 10:30 appointment with a condo association. Being the Agents assistant to sales and telemarketer she thinks it would be a good idea to see a sales pitch in action. On our way to meet the condo association we chat about were the insurance business will be in ten years and why she choose farmers over other insurance agencies. Once we arrive Lisa introduces us and begins, her infinite knowledge of the different types of coverage and what would be beneficial to the association astonishes both the members and I, they are sold. We then proceed to take measurements of the building as well as some pictures.

Once back in the office I begin my normal routine, filling X-date

Alex Rodriguez (Right) outside the Farmers Insurance office where she works as a Marketing Intern

Alex Rodriguez (Right) outside the Farmers Insurance office where she works as a Marketing Intern

s for prospective clients ( when their previous insurance is done so that we may give them a call and offer a comparison), finishing quotes for clients Lisa has talked to, and calling a list of prospective clients in order to offer them a comparison. After I have finished that Lisa and I go on our weekly run. Today we have chosen to introduce ourselves to Physical Therapist. I have prepared a list of physical therapist in our area and we head out. At our first office we introduce ourselves, tell the Therapist that we are local and offer them a special discount for what they do best being Therapist, we leave some goodie bags and we are on to the next office.

Although our office is not very big Lisa, Beth, and I reach a wide variety of clients from all over the city and even as far as Hinsdale. I have learned a lot about how to approach people who do not want to be talked to and also have met a lot of interesting people with in the short period of time working for farmers.


If you would like to learn about the internship opportunities with Farmers Insurance, contact Kate Stevenson,

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Intern—Paul Han

This summer, I am working as a marketing intern at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra building

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra building

Since its erection in 1891, the Grammy-winning Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been praised as one of the greatest symphony orchestras in the world. According to the influential British classical music magazine Gramophone, the Chicago Symphony has been ranked as the best American orchestra of the world’s greatest orchestras ranking.  The orchestra performs more than two hundred concerts every year around the world and a hundred fifty of them at its downtown home, the Symphony Center.  When not playing at prestigious concert halls, the orchestra commits time and effort in community engagement in Chicago neighborhoods.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is currently lead by the preeminent Italian conductor, Maestro Riccardo Muti.  Under Maestro Muti’s leadership since September 2010, the orchestra was awarded two Grammy awards.  A winner of numerous awards and honors, Maestro Muti was recently awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from DePaul University.

My daily work focuses around various large and small projects that I work on consistently, sometimes even simultaneously.   Although the workload is heavy,  I am enjoying being busy. The two major projects that I partake in are Morton East High School Research & Outreach, and FY12 and FY13 Student Ticket Buyer Research.

On the Morton East project, I am working with Director of Marketing and assist with researching the Cicero neighborhood for active community organizations, chamber of commerce, etc.  The purpose of this project is to promote the CSO’s September 18th community concert at the high school.  I am also responsible of managing poster and distribution that will take action in August.Link:

As for my student ticket buyer research project,  I will do a complete survey analysis of how concerts’ characteristics (demographics, concert series with most sold, popular days of week, online vs. box office etc.) affect student ticket sales and the revenue.   Based on the result, I will make a report on how to maintain and bring in more student patrons to the CSO concerts.

Intern Paul Han pictured at his internship at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Intern Paul Han inside the Symphony Center where he interns for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Currently, there are about 108 musicians in the orchestra, who all are the very best orchestral musicians in the world. As of the size of the administration, excluding the President’s office, there are 16 departments and 100 administrators in the administration, a rare size for a symphony orchestra administration.  The Marketing Team has 7 members, who are not only some of the best orchestra administrators in the nation, but also very kind and welcoming individuals as well. Participating in weekly meetings with them and other department people inspire me to work hard to reach their caliber one day.

As a marketing major student who wants to pursue a career in orchestra management, working for an internationally-renowned institution like the CSO has been a dreamlike experience for me.    When I was looking for internships, I kept in mind that I want to find one that can help me succeed as a solid entry-level professional in any career–not just in arts management.  Luckily,  I am very grateful that I am “catching two birds with one stone”.

Like at every internship,  internships at the CSO are equally competitive as well(strong knowledge of classical music is certainly recommended!).  Being a team player with positive and open- minded attitude will certainly distinguish you as a strong candidate.

As I enter my Sophomore year in the fall, I am confident that being a CSO Intern will help me to develop into a better-prepared student in DePaul’s Marketing Program.

The Lettuce Entertain You Intern- Marlee Tumpich

LEYEAs an intern for one of the top well-known restaurant groups, I am one of the few in my LEYE intern class not focusing my studies on hospitality.  Soon to be entering my senior year at DePaul, I am studying marketing and economics for my undergraduate degree.  One of the biggest misconceptions of the restaurant industry is that it is not a real field to find or hold a career in.  I have been working in the industry for three years now and can tell you from my own experience that it is one of the best pools to dip your networking toes in.  My first piece of advice to any student on the lookout for an internship is to take a look at any companies they have worked for or work for currently.  There is a good chance you may find a quicker way to an intern position.  Having resources and references helps so much and can make the search much less stressful.


Marlee (left) at work at RPM Italian

I have been working for LEYE since January 2012 when I started training for the opening of RPM Italian in downtown’s River North neighborhood right in the middle of all the action.  Since then, I have met countless important people and have gained an incredible amount of experience in a very high volume restaurant.  Upon learning about the company and their intern program, I reached out to my managers and some of the company’s partners to let them know of my interest in the summer intern program.  After applying and being accepted, I was ready and excited for the summer to begin.

Each intern is assigned an hourly position in one of LEYE’s many restaurants throughout the Chicagoland area or a position in the corporate office.  Since I already have been working as a hostess at RPM, I knew where I would be stationed for the summer.  Along with the hourly position, each week the interns meet once at the corporate office to take part in different seminars and listen to guest speakers from the company.  Everything from financials to social media marketing to culinary is discussed in our meetings. The interns are split up into groups and are assigned to come up with a restaurant concept from the ground up that they present to the LEYE partners at the end of summer.  The weekly meetings teach interns all the aspects that they should consider to incorporate into their projects.

In addition to the project and work tasks, interns are given a checklist of management responsibilities they have the option of learning about.  While interns are not required to complete everything on the list, it is in his or her own hands of how much he or she wants to experience and learn.  The more you involve yourself, the better the outcome of the internship as a whole.

A short run down of my day last week on a Tuesday began with an early start and ended later in the evening. First, I met my manager at RPM at 7 a.m. to shadow the opening manager shift.  We covered everything from the kitchen line check to food inventory to employee hours, schedules, and mapping out of the dinner shift later that evening.  After a long morning and afternoon, the interns met at RPM at 2:30 p.m. for our weekly meeting where the company architect/design coordinator spoke to us about his projects including a briefing on how RPM was created and designed.  Then, the groups were given some time during our meeting to discuss details and planning on our projects.  After the meeting ended at 5 p.m., I headed home to enjoy the rest of my day since I did not have to host that night at the restaurant.

The great thing about this internship is that it’s flexible enough, and each person can create what he or she wants out of it.  If you are interested in learning more about the industry or even just looking to gain some great experience, definitely check out Lettuce Entertain You’s website to learn more about the intern program or available positions within the company. There are currently over 100 restaurants in the company and well over 6,000 employees.  The progressive environment and great teams they build keep you on your toes and make for a great time.