A Day in the Life of a United Airlines Intern- Michaela Hrbacek

I work for United Airlines as the Community Affairs Intern. The community affairs department focuses on building and maintaining partnerships with non-profits and building employee engagement and volunteering programs. Employee engagement in volunteering helps work culture, promotes team building and passionate community members, and most importantly benefits those served by volunteers.

United Airlines has over 82,000 employees living on 6 continents. The employees, as well as the customers, are global, which means always being respectful and culturally aware of those around you. There’s a huge variety of careers at United—there are pilots, flight attendants, operations & logistics, corporate support, and so many other roles. United wants their employees happy with the work they are doing, so moving around and changing career paths within the company is very popular and even encouraged.

As the intern in the department, I ran the Adventure Bear program, which is where groups of employees visit nearby children’s hospitals to distribute our Ben Flyin’ teddy bear and activity books. On top of that, I have aided in building out employee volunteer activities with local non-profits in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Denver, and Newark/New York.  My day-to-day activities usually include a lot of communications—I’m either on my e-mail or on the phone, talking with my coworkers in different regions around the U.S., or talking with outside organizations and coordinating events and programs for employees.

While I’m cooped behind a desk most of the time, I get to do really cool things out of the office as well. Just last week, I went to the American Cancer Society’s Discovery Ball Gala, which included huge companies like Boeing as well as political and celebrity figures like Rahm Emmanuel and James Corden. It’s really cool that I was able to go to the Gala, and sit second row, as an intern. We also do big volunteer events that I get to help logistically set up, and then execute day of. We did a food packaging event where almost 300,000 meals were packed by the top officers and executives at United. It was great to see their passion and commitment to underserved communities. It creates a great company culture, and definitely rubs off on the employees.

I’ve really enjoyed my position at United as a Community Affairs Intern. It’s been great to develop my communication skills—making sure I am concise and clear, getting all pertinent information out there without adding in confusing details. I’ve also been able to develop my skills with Microsoft Office, and most significantly, my excel skills. I’ve been able to work with many departments within the company—government affairs, environmental affairs, and PR, just to name a few. It’s nice to be able to network and create awesome opportunities. I’ve had a great experience so far, and look forward to continuing my work here. The flight benefits don’t hurt either.

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A Day in the Life of a GYMGUYZ Intern- Jessica Genovese

I work for a company called GYMGUYZ. We are the leader’s in-Home Personal Training, and are committed to enhancing and changing the overall health and fitness of individuals worldwide. GYMGUYZ was founded in 2008 by Josh York, and the company had an immediate kick-off. To date, there are over 100 GYMGUYZ franchises in over 15 states, and we are currently working on opening a franchise in the U.K.

20While in the office, I search for different marketing events that we can display a booth at. I have to make sure that the events are affordable, realistic for us, and will be heavily populated. Negotiating booth pricing is also an important task, since our marketing budget is extremely low. Once my marketing events are booked, I go and attend these events with the goal of obtaining contact information from interested leads. After the marketing events, I call all of the leads and try to book them for our free assessment. Along with marketing events, I attend various amounts of Networking Events to try and build relationships with businesses. Once there is a relationship, I book a meeting to try and sell our Corporate Wellness Programs to their company.

I have learned a lot working here. I have learned how to create email campaigns, and how to tell which are successful or not. I have learned and became extremely comfortable with networking, and using networking to expand our business. My telemarketing skills have also improved with the high number of phone calls I conduct each week. Most of all, I have learned that “Success isn’t given, It’s Earned”. Working here and starting up a brand new company has taught me how difficult it is just to break even every month. I have taken into consideration how strategic you must be to earn business, and most importantly, retain business. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be able to lead a marketing team, and to learn the process of starting up a brand new company.

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 the Chicago Tribune Intern- Mady Johnston

This internship has taught me ways that marketing can be fun and interactive!

My name is Mady and I am a senior interning for Tribune Events Group at the Chicago Tribune. My role as an Event Production intern includes planning and producing events fpicor Chicago Tribune, Chicago magazine, RedEye, and TribNation. These brands that fall under the Tribune Company umbrella all target different audiences. My Event Marketing team creates custom events and produces in all eight of the Tribune Company’s markets, including: Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Baltimore.

The Tribune Company recently divided into Tribune Media and Tribune Publishing. Tribune Media remains in charge of broadcasting and digital assets. Tribune Publishing is the division that takes full responsibility for the newspaper and print parts of the company. The Marketing & Events department falls into Tribune Publishing.

On a daily basis I work with sponsors, create event social media plans, contact clients, coordinate event staffing and run the Tribune Events Group social media handles. My job is interesting because I am not marketing a physical product, but am marketing the events that we produce. Tribune Publishing created Tribune Events Group to make the print publications more engaging. Therefore, by marketing these specialized events to target audiences we hope to retain newspaper and print customers.

In October 2014, we created a custom event for Mattress Firm entering the Chicagoland market. My team invited the Guinness Book of World Records to come record and watch as we broke the world record for the highest mattress stack outside Tribune Tower. You can see a photo from the event above with Benny the Bull and Staley Da Bear. They both came to cheer us on! It was fun to market Mattress Firm as a company through our event and watch the results through social media responses and sales. This internship has taught me ways that marketing can be fun and interactive! I would definitely recommend this position to anyone looking to go into marketing, public relations, or event planning.

A Day in the Life of the JP Morgan Intern- Ken Jaroenchisakon

Let’s Go For A Summer Ride In JPMorgan

A few years ago being here was just a dream that seems so far out of reach. As a commercial banking marketing summer analyst, I am thrilled to share with you a glimpse of my journey that can’t be replicated in any lecture hall.

View from JP Morgan building

Within the first two hours of my internship, I found myself sitting next to my managers for an important conference call (drumroll please). Don’t get too excited because it took me less than seconds to scribble metrics and software operations all over my notebook. Since then, I had jumped onto this speeding train that I knew would take me to my destination.

 

Fast forward, a lot has changed since that meeting. From conducting market research to implementing split tests to familiarizing myself with marketing platforms like BrightEdge and CQ5, I have harvested a plethora of tech and analytical skills. I am further entrusted to prepare dashboard proposals that will ultimately be presented to executive directors (cheers to a mind-blowing project!).

 

The department is dynamic and collaborative, so team events are coordinated on a routine basis. One of my memorable moments occurred when we went bowling with the New York team. Just don’t ask me about my score! Oh, about networking. There are intern events and speaker series every week. I always try to schedule additional time to grab lunch or coffee (hazelnut frap for me) and chat with members from different lines of business. I can’t thank them enough for squeezing me into their busy schedule.

 

As summer comes to close, I must confess I am having a hard time leaving this world that I had dreamed about for so long. Appreciation for the extensive education platform and learning opportunity is an understatement. Whether or not I receive an invitation back next summer, I am still proud of my decision to try.Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset

 

Lastly, one of the many valuable takeaways from my time here is humility. Someone in fact once said to me, “If everyone had the opportunity that I had, I wouldn’t be standing here.” His name was Jamie Dimon.