I can’t believe I’m already 2 and a half weeks into my internship, it feels like I just started yesterday! In the last couple weeks I’ve gotten acclimated with the people I work with and the overall atmosphere of Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.
The first two days were orientation where we got an overview of the corporate culture, the departments, and had a panel discussion with various department representatives. With this, the interns had a chance to learn about different employees’ backgrounds and how they contribute to Jo-Anns.
Following the panel discussion, all of the interns took a CUPCAKE DECORATING CLASS.
It was led by an instructor from Wilton and we each received our own cupcake decorating kit to take home after we finished the class. Jo-Ann’s mission is “To spark the creativity that lives in every person” and this has been a prominent theme even in the short time that I’ve been here. I’m feeling craftier every minute!
After the first two orientation days, I was placed with my manager and he has been teaching me the ins and outs of analytics at Jo-Anns. My days are filled with meetings and LOTS of excel. Remember those v-lookups from CSE? Yeah those are important. My big project for my summer involves developing strategies to personalize the Jo-Ann website.
Aside from working, the other interns and I had a volunteer day where we made no-sew blankets (those tie blankets that 96% of you probably own) and delivered them to the Ronald McDonald House in Akron. We then received a tour of the house which was a great experience! If you aren’t familiar with the charity, the Ronald McDonald House provides a home for families who have children getting treated for serious illnesses and is within walking distance of Akron Children’s Hospital. It’s an incredible cause and I feel very fortunate to have been part of the volunteer event!
The biggest surprise I’ve had so far is how genuinely nice the people are. Corporate culture often has a reputation for being intimidating; however, everyone I’ve met has been extremely friendly and willing to help me learn as much as possible.
I’ll keep you updated as my internship progresses!