My Summer Internship with Kohl’s Corporate!

Hi Everyone!

My name is Jenny Bresnahan, and I just finished up my junior year at the Fisher College of Business as a marketing student. This summer, I will be a Merchandise Analyst Intern with the Kohl’s Corporate Offices in Milwaukee, Wisconsin! I am really excited to be taking on this new adventure and to get to share my experiences with you!

A little more about me: I am on the dance team here at OSU, I love big cities, and I have always had a passion for fashion (didn’t mean for that to rhyme, but it works). All of these were reasons why I wanted to try something new this summer, so I began applying for internships across the country. Surprisingly, Kohl’s was the last one I thought I would end up choosing. I had never been to Milwaukee before I flew there for the final round interview, and honestly went thinking, “Well, this will be a fun place to visit for free for two days”. However, I was so surprised, not only at how beautiful the corporate offices were, but the city itself was much bigger and lively than I had pictured. Not to mention, it sits right on the coast of Lake Michigan, which creates the perfect blend of beach and city.

Here's a picture I took of Lake Michigan on my flight back to Columbus!

Here’s a picture I took of Lake Michigan on my flight back to Columbus!

As far as my actual job goes (I guess I do have to actually work during my down time from exploring the city…), I will be interning with the beauty department! I am really excited about this, because, I mean, what girl’s dream job isn’t to work with makeup all day?! Well, I guess that’s not exactly what I’ll be doing, but I will be working alongside a buyer in the beauty department, talking with different vendors on a daily basis. Kohl’s works with several different brands including DKNY, Burberry, and Vera Wang, so I will be learning to communicate with them to decide which products to put on our shelves. Kohl’s also recently developed their own makeup line, Bliss, which I will be working on! I couldn’t be more excited to learn this summer about something I am so passionate about.

I am excited to share with you all everything I am doing this summer! My hope is that after these ten weeks are over, I will be equipped to enter into a career in this field with confidence and knowledge gained from my internship with Kohl’s!

Wrapping Up

I cannot believe my time as an intern at Under the Mango Tree has come to an end. It has been an incredible summer, one that would be impossible to forget.

Paris

As promised, I’ll share my travel experiences outside of Berlin. This summer, I traveled to Munich, Germany ->  Prague, Czech Republic -> Paris, France -> Amsterdam, Nethlerlands -> Lugano, Switzerland -> Milan, Italy and Lake Como, Italy. Since I could only travel over the weekend, each adventure was brief and incredibly busy. While I wish I could spend more than 48 hours in each country I visited, I wouldn’t trade the opportunity to travel for anything. I saw the most amazing sights, toured internationally renowned museums, ate the best cuisine imaginable, and met some noteworthy characters along the way. I encourage everyone to take advantage of their time abroad and to travel to as many places as time and money allow.

Prague

Moving forward, my final project is a farewell event at Under the Mango Tree Design Studio and Art Gallery to commemorate my time as an intern. I’m entirely in charge of planning and marketing the event, which is exciting and scary. I’m looking forward to seeing how many people come. Hopefully there will be a large turn out!

interns

Last but not least, I would like to offer some takeaways from my summer intern abroad. Here are some things I’ve learned during my time as an international intern.

  • Take initiative. As an intern, there will be times where you won’t necessarily have an assignment. It’s important to see where you could help the company, even if it’s unprompted. Regardless of the outcome, your efforts will be appreciated.
  • Pay attention to the culture of the company. For instance, in Germany, it’s a part of the professional culture to be punctual. Arriving 10 minutes early to work or a meeting is not out of the ordinary. And if everyone is arriving early, you definitely don’t want to be the one who arrives late. Be observant about your coworkers tendencies and do as they do.
  • Ask for advice. Talk to your coworkers about how they got into the field and their future career path. They can offer significant and genuine career advice. Also, it may lead to job suggestions for the future. Take advantage of going out to lunch with your coworkers or spending time outside of work to get to know them better. I promise you won’t regret it when you receive priceless advice.

Thanks for reading everyone:)

Take care,

Erin

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! :)