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.

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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 Greenheart Travel Intern- Elyse Van Bloemen Waanders

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I’m reaching the halfway mark of my internship and so far it has been an amazing experience. I’m currently interning at Greenheart Travel as a travel volunteer intern. Greenheart Travel is a division of a larger company called Greenheart International. My division specifically focuses on cultural immersion programs for teens and adults. We offer six main programs; high school abroad, teach abroad, work abroad, language schools, and volunteer abroad. Greenheart Travel itself is a much smaller company. We have ten people working in our division. Each person manages one or two of the programs.

My day-to-day activities vary everyday as I’m constantly adding new projects to my schedule but my days start off pretty much the same. I get to work check emails and enter new leads into Salesforce. Leads are prospective program participants. When they fill out a program form online, we get an email and then have to enter their details into Salesforce, which keeps track of our leads and contacts. I email the leads through Salesforce to start their application process. After working on entering leads, I log in to my supervisor’s Facebook and post and interact with participants as her. I also post in our various Facebook groups to try to create a community online among our past and current participants. Some other day activities include smaller tasks such as answering calls, taking messages, writing blog posts, and researching new ways to market our company.

Some projects I have worked on so far include advertising for events, finding and reaching out to high school contacts, revamping sections on the website, posting on social media platforms and implementing ways to boost activity online. I created a sign to place on their table at events to encourage people to sign up online and look at their website rather than take their pamphlets as Greenheart Travel strives to encourage an environmental friendly community.

Working for Greenheart Travel has been really enlightening. I discovered some work habits of mine that were unknown to me before starting here. I like the feel of working in a smaller division like in Greenheart Travel. I like that it is part of a much larger company that would allow me room to grow and move around within the company. It also has created a great community within our division. Everyone in our office is really friendly and fun, making this a very comfortable and welcoming environment to work in. As a marketing major I think I want to be a part of a company’s marketing department where I can work more on the design side of marketing.

However, I have learned a lot during my time here so far. I now know what it’s like to be in an office setting. I’ve learned how to conduct myself in an office setting as well as with other employees and clients. I feel comfortable and confident talking about Greenheart Travel and what the company offers. It really has been the best first internship I could’ve asked for. I’ve gained independence as well as responsibility. It has really opened my eyes as to what things I will be looking for in a future career.

 

Greenheart has some great options for travel for DePaul students to earn credit. Learn about their company at their website and follow them on Facebook & Twitter.

A Day in the Life of the BMO Harris Bank Marketing Intern- Warren Olaya

warrenbmoMy name is Warren Olaya and I am in my junior year. In early January I began my marketing internship in commercial banking at BMO Harris Bank. I’ve had the pleasure of working in various intern roles here for a couple years now but have never been in marketing. In late November I was given the opportunity to transition over to marketing and I’ve been extremely grateful that I’ve had the opportunity ever since. It’s much different from the compliance world that I was interning in before!

I am a marketing intern for commercial banking at BMO but I’ve luckily been able to meet many great people from different teams. As it’s my first month here I’ve had a large amount of informational meetings. These meetings are extremely enlightening and open up my eyes to corporate marketing operations. Upon arriving here I was able to meet with advertising, thought leadership, business banking and commercial banking just to name a few of the teams. The biggest thing I was excited about in coming here is the amount of experience the people around me had in marketing and upon arriving here I’m learning that this is very true. The colleagues around me have had years of agency experience and a good amount come from marketing departments at other banks. This combination of experience for me is priceless and in any meeting I’m at I’ve been eagerly listening to what everyone has to say.

Warren at his desk for his BMO Harris Bank Internship

Warren at his desk for his BMO Harris Bank Internship

BMO financial group is the 8th largest bank in North America based on assets. My team makes up just a fraction of this overall operation but still plays a vital part in its growth. On any given day I’m helping my manager keep track of events and sponsorships coming up or assisting in putting together slide decks for upcoming presentations. I’m learning time management now more than ever as I’m only here for a certain number of hours per week. I have to be sure I’m able to balance the amount of meetings I am in with the actual work I’m getting done. Timing is important!

In light of this, I am extremely overjoyed to be here. Yes I can get work experience, yes I have an internship, but the most important thing for me is that I’m learning from the individuals around me and their prior experience. I can’t stress enough, their experience, advice and stories they can tell me based on what they’ve been through is truly priceless. What they say are important lessons I can learn from. Through any meeting or interaction I’m here with open ears, ready to take in what is thrown my way.

A Day in the Life of a CA Ventures Intern- Joyce Zhai

Me at my desk!

Me at my desk!

Hello! My name is Joyce Zhai and I am currently a Senior studying Marketing and Finance. This quarter, I am interning for CA Ventures, LLC which is the parent company for several business units such as CA Student Living, CA Office, CA Residential, CA Retail & Hospitality, and CA Asset Services. CA Ventures was founded in 2004 as Campus Acquisitions, LLC by our CEO Thomas Scott. The company started off focused in acquiring and developing high-quality student housing and it only recently moved into other markets to become CA Ventures.

At CA Ventures, I work in the marketing department for CA Student Living as the Market Analyst Intern. Since I go to school full-time, I only work three days of the week. As the Market Analyst Intern, I mainly work on existing markets and keeping up-to-date on what our competitors are doing. Some of my counterparts work on future markets and analyzing how to break into those markets. The markets we look at involve university dormitories, student housing complexes (think 1237 West), and apartment complexes on and near campus.

My favorite part of the office…we have 4 coffee machines!

My favorite part of the office…we have 4 coffee machines!

My day usually begins at 9 AM in the kitchen pouring myself a cup of coffee. After I have clocked-in, I begin sorting my reports in order by markets. This is important because I have to take into consideration the time zones my markets are in. I usually start my day by focusing on the markets that belong on the East Coast and gradually move towards the Midwest and the West Coast. My main tasks as the Market Analyst Intern is to perform my weekly updates on what our competitors are doing in terms of leasing for the next year, marketing events, specials offered to their tenants, and pricing. I repeat these tasks every week for several markets. At the start of every month, I also work on my monthly updates which usually take me about a week to complete given that I also go to school full time! For my monthly updates, I also keep up-to-date on competitors in the market and what they are doing.

Seems pretty easy, right? However, the hardest part is keeping track of all of the competition in a total of eight markets and inputting all of the information I have gathered into this huge Excel file with mathematical formulas and more information you’d ever want to know about the student housing market! A lot of what I do on a daily basis is also very time sensitive which can be stressful especially if a specific market is hard to get information on.

CA Ventures, LLC is headquartered in Chicago and has about 70-90 employees. The company is rapidly growing and I often find new faces floating around the office every week since we have been hiring new staff to support the new business units. The company has not even made it to its 10th birthday and has already accomplished so much. We have properties at a lot of major universities such as University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Indiana University, University of Arizona, etc. We’re also actually building a property right across from the Lewis Center in the Loop Campus which would be convenient for students to roll out of bed and cross the street for class!

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I have been interning for this company for a little over a month and I can say that I’ve learned quite a bit about the real estate industry and what it’s like to work for a smaller and newer company. Previously, I’ve interned for big name companies such as Grant Thornton and Coca-Cola. It’s interesting to see how different it is to work for a big company versus a small company. CA Ventures being a smaller and newer company, I feel my work is valued higher and is depended on more than it was at a bigger company. I am constantly doing work and often times I find myself answering questions for many of the employees who are working on the same market as me. For the remaining time that I am interning for CA Ventures, I’d like to try and learn more about the whole process of developing a student housing complex instead of just focusing on analyzing markets. I’ve learned a lot so far and can’t wait to see what else is out there!