3 Characteristics of Small Businesses

Every internship experience is different. My experience so far this summer has been very unique. Working for a small, local business allows me to view many requirements it takes to start-up and run a business with not a lot of people.

1. You wear many hats.

Since there aren’t many employees, every day work can be a hodge-podge of “to-do’s” . As a marketing intern, I have helped pour, keg, and can beer. Canning beer is a long process and you feel like a factory worker, but you can drink during it so it’s not so bad. I’ve also taken out the trash and cleaned up a bit. Taking out the trash isn’t just the intern’s job though, I’ve seen the owners of the company empty the garbage. Everyone chips in.

2.You are still trying to figure it out.

There aren’t instructions on how everything is supposed to run because it hasn’t happened before. You aren’t sure on how an event will go, because it will be the first one. There  are a lot of trials and errors when putting on an event or making a new beer. My first event I planned at the brewery was everything but a success, but I learned a few tricks for the next event. You’re not going to know how the customer will react to a new product until they try it, so you just have to wait and find out.

3.Fun Atmosphere

One thing’s for sure, it’s a fun place to work. Everyone is working towards the same goal of trying to build up the company. There isn’t much competition to be promoted since everyone has their own specific role. You become very close with your co-workers because there are so few you. Work hard, play harder seems to be the motto of start-up businesses, despite the industry.

How did I land this Super Awesome Internship?

Looking for an internship and applying can be overwhelming for college students, especially if they’ve never done it before. You don’t have to make it so difficult, just utilize the resources you have. A few ways are through FisherConnect, networking, family friends, or within Fisher directly. There are many ways and opportunities to gain experience while school is out of session.
As for me, school is still in session. I knew I needed a part-time internship because I am currently taking summer classes as well, because I’m trying to defy all odds and graduate in four years. One day I got an email from Fisher about some scholarship-based internships. All I had to do was send in my resume to Fisher, then they would relay it to the companies I was interested in.
I heard back from a software company, interviewed, and received an offer. It was that easy. My hesitation on accepting the offer was I wanted to intern at a different company that I hadn’t heard from yet, North High Brewing. So I called North High up and asked about their internship interviewing process. I told them I had 24 hours to take the offer from the software company but would love to work in the craft beer industry. North High told me to come and interview the next morning, only allowing a 10 minute window to decide if they wanted to hire me! As the story plays out, North High Brewing offered me the position, which I was thrilled about!
So if you are looking for an internship over the holidays or for next summer, don’t fear. The Fisher College of Business does a wonderful job to prepare you for interviews and the workplace environment. They also provide you with many resources such as FisherConnect, scholarships, career fairs, and bringing in recruiters. You can also exhaust your own resources and personal networks. If you want something, you can get it if you put in some work. Good luck on your own internship adventures! Hopefully mine is almost done, and the next step is a full-time position come May. Cheers!north high

Not Your Average Desk Job

I started my internship at North High Brewing the other week and it’s awesome. My desk is either sitting inside the brewery or at the bar in the taproom. I’m helping them out with their marketing and event planning side of the business and learning a lot, especially about beer. The craft beer industry is booming and acts as a community. I was told by several at the Ohio Craft Brewers Association’s quarterly meeting I would never leave this thriving industry. So excited to see what’s in store for the rest of the summer, cheers!

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