Where Has Summer Gone?

Summer 2014 USRowing Interns

Summer 2014 USRowing Interns

As I’m sitting in my new apartment on campus, I honestly cannot believe classes will be starting tomorrow. I feel like I was moving into my Princeton apartment just days ago, and shyly introducing myself to the staff at USRowing.

I finished up my internship a little less than a week ago in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the USRowing Masters National Championships. Any rower over the age of 21 is eligible to compete at Masters Nationals, and unlike Youth Nationals there is no qualification process. The event ran Thursday through Sunday, with the heats and finals for fifty events each day. Because the event covers so many age groups, races are grouped into alphabetized categories starting at AA (age 21-26) all the way up through J (80+).

Category Ages:
AA 21-26
A 27-35
B 36-42
C 43-49
D 50-54
E 55-59
F 60-64
G 65-69
H 70-74
I 75-79
J 80+

The age group categorization makes our normal change forms a bit more complex because the event in which each boat is entered is determined based on average age of all competitors in the boat. Luckily, the event went off without any major issues and we got an incredible amount of complementary feedback about the venue and the regatta itself.

Although all Buckeyes are taught to hate the state up north, I have to admit Grand Rapids is a really fabulous little town. The city prides itself on being the craft brew capitol of the United States, and we had the opportunity to enjoy many breweries during our visit. As an added bonus, the regatta also had a beer garden which was open from 10am to 6pm every day, with a special brew just for the event!

 

The final farewell:

My flight from Grand Rapids back to Columbus left at 5:45 Monday morning, so Sunday night after dinner I was left to say goodbye to the rest of the interns and most of the staff. I still don’t think it’s hit me that I won’t be seeing the people who I spent almost every day, including weekends with for quite some time. Luckily, the other events interns, Angela, only lives about twenty minutes away from me at home and Princeton isn’t too far from home either. I’ve already started planning my Pacific Northwest adventure to visit another one of the interns and of course we’ve been keeping in close contact about life post-USRowing.

USRowing 2014 Events Interns

USRowing 2014 Events Interns

Looking back at this summer, it was nothing like what I expected, but I also learned so much. I went into this internship thinking I knew exactly what went on behind the scenes at a regatta, when really, I had absolutely no idea. My internship opened my eyes not only to the process of planning and running a regatta, but to the world of Olympic sports. I learned sometimes there really is only one way of doing things, even if I want to find my own way. I also realize the people you work with can make or break an experience and I was incredibly fortunate to have an incredible group of interns and staff supporting me. And most importantly, next time I enter a regatta I will most definitely think twice before changing my lineup.

So Long, Jo-Ann

Hi Everyone!

My 10 week internship at Jo-Ann has just ended and I am still in shock of how quickly time has flown. My overall experience was eye-opening and exciting.

In my initial post I listed four major goals I had for the summer, all of which I feel have been fulfilled.

  1. I wanted to learn about the various functional departments at Jo-Ann. Through daily meetings it was almost impossible to not have cross-functional interaction. In addition to this, shadowing was a great way to gain exposure to other areas such as Logistics and Marketing (both of which I was able to shadow).
  2. My second goal was to grow professionally and network. I am fortunate to not only have had a great intern class, but also an incredible manager. These were the strongest relationships I built in my time at Jo-Ann and I know I would not have had remotely the same experience without them. I also gained professional experience in public speaking by presenting my final project to my department and company executives!
  3. Third, I wanted to learn more about corporate retail. To be honest, meetings seemed like they were in a different language during my first couple weeks. Even remembering simple abbreviations like NPI (newspaper inserts) was a struggle combined with learning retail math. However, everyone was SO helpful and responsive to all of my questions.
  4. Lastly, I wanted to become crafty. The two craftiest activities I did over the summer were decorating cupcakes and making a bulletin board. Before I left Jo-Ann I took advantage of my employee discount and bought home décor to make my apartment a little snazzier!

I am SO grateful for the opportunity to have interned at such a successful and welcoming company. I highly recommend taking advantage of all experiences that an internship has to offer, like meeting new people and exploring different areas because it truly is an irreplaceable experience.

Thanks for reading!

Lindsay

Interns

All of the interns on our final presenation day!

From Nashville to Columbus… The End.

Nashville, TN Skyline

Wow! As I look back at my internship at Crowd Surf, LLC in Nashville, I realize how much I was able to learn, the influential people I was able to meet, and the fun times I was able to have. I interned for a total of 12 weeks and I can honestly say I have developed so much as a professional and as a person. I will start off by reiterating what the company specialized in and what my responsibilities were. Crowd Surf, LLC is a social media marketing firm that also offers management, publicity, and web design services just to name a few. I ended up being one of only six interns, with each of us being placed on separate teams. Each team was made up of a project manager, content coordinator, and an intern, and was assigned approximately six to eight of the company’s clients to manage. As an intern I was responsible for tracking the three month growth of our clients’ various accounts, assisting in the creation of bi-weekly reports, and helping develop content for new marketing campaigns.

During my last few weeks, I made sure to schedule an end of the summer review meeting to get honest feedback on my overall performance and get pointers on how I can improve going forward from this experience. My manager told me that I brought positive energy into the work place, and that I performed all tasks given to me successfully and in a timely fashion. My manager’s ways I could improve were to utilize my resources (Google, Yahoo, & Bing) before asking questions about a given assignment and to never feel anxious about asking your manager for more work. Learning to not only accept, but grow from criticism is a very important skill and I am grateful I had the opportunity to develop myself in such a supportive environment.

My experience at Crowd Surf, LLC was absolutely a positive experience because of the incredible work culture, the kindness of my coworkers, and the location being in such a vibrant city like Nashville, TN. Even though I realized social media marketing is not something I am passionate about, I was able to acquire a set of valuable skills that will prove useful in today’s heavily digital marketing industry. I plan to take away from this experience meaningful friendships with people in the entertainment industry, a better understanding of what I want to do after college, and incredible memories that will last a lifetime.

Now it’s your turn to GO BEYOND by interning at the company of your dreams, and sharing your experience with the rest of our driven, diligent and diverse Fisher Community! :)

Wrapping Things Up

I cannot believe it is already time for my final blog post here! What a fun and exciting summer it has been.

Although it is time to wrap up this blogging project for my internship with EDEP, my internship is actually far from over. Let me recap our past couple of weddings, and then I’ll give a summary of what’s still to come, and a few things I have learned so far as an event planning intern!

The first weekend in August I actually attended a wedding as a guest, instead of an intern! It was so much fun, and very interesting to see how my intern experience has changed the way I look at events. My first instinct was to look around and analyze the small little details that, while working, we have to pay such close attention to. I had to remind myself that this time, that wasn’t my responsibility!

August 9th we had a lovely wedding reception at Dock 580 in Downtown Columbus. This is a very unique venue because it is actually two levels, so began downstairs for cocktail hour, moved upstairs for dinner, then back downstairs for dancing and late-night festivities.

This particular wedding was a little different as well because Emilie (the first E of EDEP) could not be there. One of her previous interns, who now works for OSU in the business of event planning, took the reins and was in charge of the day-of coordination that needed to happen. She was absolutely wonderful and everything went off without a hitch.

Bride and groom sharing their first dance. How dreamy is her dress?! This was on the lower level of Dock 580. This photo is also on the @edepweddings instagram account. As interns, we are also responsible for keeping this social media outlet updated during our events.

Here’s one of the table settings of our Dock 580 wedding. Very unique linens, they looked even better in person! We loved their navy & ivory theme. So classic!

Although every wedding we have is so very special to us, this past weekend was a little extra near and dear to our hearts. August 16th was the wedding of one of Emilie’s interns from 2013, and the ceremony and reception took place at Camp Mary Orton in Northern Columbus.

The ceremony was outdoors, and thankfully the rain held off for exactly enough time to get through the ceremony. Cocktail hour was meant to be all outdoors, but ended up being kind of split half outside half inside, but it worked out just fine!

Our beautiful bride taking some photos while guests arrive. Her veil has been worn by three generations in her family.

Such an adorable flower girl & ring bearer duo! They did a great job walking down the aisle!

Moving forward, I’m going to remain pretty busy with my EDEP internship! We have four more weddings and one potential corporate event before the end of the year. I am definitely looking forward to the rest of this year, I cannot believe we are already over half way done!

Looking back, here’s a summary of a few important things I have learned as an event planning intern so far. I’m sure this list is far from complete, but just to highlight a few….

  • If you are unsure about something, ask for clarification. There is nothing wrong with asking for more detail, or further explanation. It is much better to take the time to ask than to do something totally wrong & have to start all over!
  • It’s not about what you would do. Especially with weddings, it’s very easy to look at something and say “Wow, I would never do that at my wedding/event.” But here’s the thing- it doesn’t matter! Our job it to make what the bride & groom want happen in the best way possible, and put our personal preferences aside.
  • Communication is key. So many different people go into making a wedding happen. The bride and groom and their families and friends, the planner, the caterer, the venue coordinator, the photographer, DJ, minister… you get the idea! Things go so much easier when everyone is on the same page.
  • Be prepared. Going into an event already knowing who is who and the timeline and floor plan and other details makes the event day much easier. Taking the time to go over documents the day before saves a lot of stress on the day-of.
  • No detail is too small. I’m already a very detail-oriented person, but I’ve relearned this time and again during my internship. It’s the many, many little things that add up to make a beautiful and memorable wedding day happen.

I thank you so much for following along with my intern journey so far. I wish I could share all the details to come, but I must wrap things up here! I hope everyone’s summer was as incredible as mine has been.

All the best!

Kelsey

 

 

 

Adam’s Progressive Top 10

My internship with Progressive Insurance has come to an end. Through this two-part blogging finale, I will highlight my summer experience through a showcase of the most meaningful moments of my internship.

Research Project

Beginning the highlights is a work assignment that I came across through my own actions. On the first day of my internship, my manager asked me if there were any departments I was interested in outside of mine (Treasury). I mentioned sustainability and was provided with a contact – the business leader in Real Estate. After meeting with him, I was referred to a manager in Engineering, who taught me about how Progressive is conserving its energy use. He inquired to me about assisting him in a research project. This project involved me studying the repair shop industry. At the end of my internship, I created a complete outline of the industry in an organized fashion, and met with the manager to discuss my findings. By expressing my interest in outside areas of my department and pursuing unique opportunities, I differentiated my workflow, and learned something new throughout my research.

Understanding the Stakeholders

In working for a public company, I learned about the important stakeholders, ranging from investors to policyholders to employees to community to environment, in Progressive Corporation. Investors receive transparency from Progressive, which releases its results monthly, as opposed to just quarterly. Understanding the operations of Progressive’s service centers displayed to me the high regard in which it holds its policyholders. I participated in events held by Progressive’s employee resource groups, which are organizations that celebrate each of Progressive’s people. As mentioned earlier, I interacted with the Real Estate department to learn about Progressive’s sustainability initiatives, in which Progressive operates in a way that reduces its impact on the environment and contributes to the community. For a company of such vast size, there are a wide variety of stakeholders, and I learned how Progressive effectively meets the needs of each of these stakeholders.

Here is a picture from my last day with Progressive. I had a fantastic experience!

Here is a picture from my last day with Progressive. I had a fantastic experience!

Insurance Concepts

In addition to GAAP Accounting, insurance companies use Statutory Accounting Principles (SAP), a concept that I have not studied in the classroom. Learning nuances, such as this, from the insurance industry contributed invaluable knowledge to my accounting acumen. Also, I learned key terms such as premium, combined ratio, loss adjustment expense, claim, and more words that are particular to insurance. It was a welcome challenge to apply my knowledge from the classroom to a new territory.

Hosting FMN Session

Every month, Progressive has a Financial Management Network Session, a roundtable discussion that covers a particular business topic. The event involves a video that provides background on the subject matter, and is followed with a guest speaker who has experience regarding the topic of interest. After attending the May session, I volunteered to host the June session. After looking over potential topics, I decided on one that looked at the differences between GAAP vs. IFRS. I was tasked with finding a guest speaker, preparing the agenda for the event, and facilitating the discussion. The event was successful, and I gained confidence in my public speaking and preparation skills. I took a leadership opportunity and worked hard to see it through.

“Healthy U”

Work-life balance is positively emphasized at Progressive, and I was able to experience it firsthand. For example, its “Healthy U” program promotes nutrition and activity. In joining the Progressive Fitness Center, I joined in on the movement. From going on occasional runs with my manager to playing basketball with fellow Progressive people, I realized the value of being a “healthy me”. These activities allowed me to build meaningful relationships with co-workers, and when completed, I was refreshed to get back to work. 

Stay tuned for the rest of Adam’s Progressive Top 10.