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What I learned from my TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® internship

Written by Ashley Henderson

 

The summer is wrapping up, and with fall semester of college upon us, internships at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are coming to an end. This summer I have been blessed with the opportunity to intern at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® within the human resources department. I never expected I would have grown as much as I did in just a few short months of working here.

Besides learning valuable office skills, helping with payroll, special projects, and other daily activities, working at Home Office has taught me a few life lessons.

Intern1LIVE LIFE AT THE EDGE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was not your typical “coffee getting” internship. We were assigned real projects and pushed every day to take on new responsibilities and try new things. This company has always been about pushing your limits and setting new and higher goals.

Before my internship I had no prior human resources experience. Within the first week I was given employee verifications, payroll education, new hire orientation, and many other tasks. It was never a dull moment! Everyone is so innovative and this caused me to grow, learn even more, and to take on additional responsibilities.

 


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WORK HARD, PLAY HARD

Interning at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been a blast. Not only have I been surrounded by highly successful professionals who work hard, but they also know
how to have a good time! Human resources at Home Office is constantly planning company gatherings, whether it is a lunch time BBQ or a happy hour at the end of the day! The interns also had weekly “Lunch and Learns”, where we were treated to a yummy catered lunch, and were able to listen to the directors of different departments talk about their roles within the company. It was something we always looked forward to because we received a delicious lunch and were able to learn something new in the process!

The positive corporate culture is obviously doing some good for the company, with a growth rate of 13.68 percent last year and 67 months of revenue growth. I genuinely enjoyed coming to work every day because I knew I was not only going to learn something new, but have fun as I was surrounded by happy, positive people.

 

CORE VALUES ARE THE HEART OF THE COMPANY

Intern3Whenever you read a company’s mission statement or core values, you read them once and that is usually the last time. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized the core values and mission statement of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are really the heart and soul of this company. It is relevant in every aspect of the building, employees, policies, projects, and more. Everyone and everything in TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is structured to fit, maintain, and grow the heart of the company. It has really impacted me in my search for a job post-graduation. I know I want to work for a company whose values are aligned with my own and ingrained in every aspect of the business.

All of us interns volunteered to serve lunch at the Volunteers of America for a day. We all thought this program was great because it allowed us to give back to the Lansing community. There are so many opportunities within TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for an employee to volunteer. I really appreciate how much this company cares for its community and encourages its employees to do the same.

My summer with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been one for the books. I gained tangible skills, made amazing friends/colleagues, and was blessed with the opportunity to learn from a successful corporation. I would recommend this internship for anyone who wants to work in a progressive, innovative culture and gain real world experience. I feel prepared for post-graduation life learning from the best at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

 

See what some of the other summer interns thought about their experience at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Intern4Ellen Munoz– Marketing Intern

“My internship at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®was an experience I will always be grateful for. Everyone at Home Office welcomed all of the interns with open arms and allowed us to take chances in a variety of areas in order to learn new things. You don’t get that kind of independency at most internships. I think all of the interns can agree that we felt part of the Home Office team rather than the ‘young interns’ and I hope all of the employees here realize how thankful we are for their acceptance. One of the most important things I will take away from my internship is the confidence I gained in my skills and abilities and I really do owe it to these great people who encouraged me to always move forward and to never be afraid to explore and try new things. Coming into a corporate environment can be nerve wracking for college students who don’t have a lot of experience, but TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® felt different in the sense that they want to see everyone succeed while being their best and having fun along the way!”

 

Tyler Trierweiler– Operations InternIntern5

“My internship at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®  was AWESOME. I gained a lot of insight about different aspects of the business. Each person at Home Office is great to be around and it made the whole experience even more enjoyable. Right away when I walked through the doors, I was welcomed. I think that is one of the reasons this company is succeeding in the marketplace. They took time out of their days to teach me about the company and train me for different projects and tasks. Even people from different departments were willing to teach me about their departments and what they do to help the company. I just want to thank everyone at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®  for making my summer internship something I will never forget and preparing me for future endeavors.”

 

Thank you TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for such a great summer! 🙂 — The Interns

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Reflecting on my TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® internship

Written by Corinne DeVries

Interns1From that awkward first day, not knowing anything about my fellow interns, not knowing what my tasks would be, not knowing what to expect, to getting to know my co-workers, working together with various office departments, and making really fun memories!

I had the privilege of working in the marketing department. It was clear from day one that the people working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® really do live by the core values. I am usually pretty shy when it comes to new situations and new people. However my supervisor, Lindsay Dow, quickly welcomed me not only to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, but to the marketing family at home office. This was my first internship ever. My friends had told me about their internships and how they had a few little assignments here and a couple assignments there, but most of the time they were expected to make coffee and observe. However, that is far from what I experienced at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Interns1The first day of my internship we went through the paper work and were assigned our IDs. Pretty low-key, right? Not at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®! Things are always happening and moving forward. After introductions to the marketing department, which is the epitome of the core value “Be your best and have fun”,  Lindsay gave me my first assignment, and it wasn’t making copies or coffee. My first few assignments were drafting various blogs for the corporate blog channels, and a few customized blogs for the Lansing franchise. My biggest blog assignment was the Intern Blog Series. I had the opportunity to sit down with each of the interns and interview them. I got to know each of them a little better and then share their stories with Home Office and our followers on Movers Who Blog.

 

Interns2There were two other interns in the marketing department this summer; Ellie Muñoz and Jason Daman. Within our first week, we had been assigned a few video projects. One of them was an employee testimonial video in which we had to brainstorm some questions and then sit down and interview TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees about why they love working here. Along with the employee testimonial video, we were also in charge of creating a college moving tips video and a video documenting the summer internship program. We spent so much time together, I figured we could use a nickname and started referring to us as the “Three Marketeers.”

 

Interns4The three of us also went to a move in progress to see our movers in action. Working at home office with social media, advertising, operations, risk management, HR and more, it’s easy to forget there are movers out there doing the heavy lifting and interacting with customers daily. Once we arrived at the move, we observed the movers as they introduced themselves to the family and set up the necessary protection on the door frames and floors as not to ruin or damage any part of the house. Some of the movers were even kind enough to take a minute and teach us how they pad and stretch wrap furniture. I figured, how hard could it be? They make it look so easy going 99 miles an hour around a couch while still being careful and finishing with a perfect wrap. I went around the couch once at a snail’s pace compared to them, and my fingers were burning from the stretch wrap roll. It is a lot harder than it looks! Props to them for being so efficient, but now I know why I’m in the marketing department instead of the manual labor side of things!

Another thing I learned quite a bit about was grassroots marketing. Ellie, Jason, and I had the opportunity to explore Lansing with Community Engagement Specialist April Johnson and learn the basics for grassroots marketing. She explained how to find different places to visit and what talking points to give when introducing yourself as a representative from TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. A week or so after our lesson with April, Ellie and I were asked to visit Mt. Pleasant for grassroots visits. This was definitely my favorite adventure and memory from my internship.

Interns6We were warned by others in the marketing department that we shouldn’t trust a map phone app with directions once we arrive in Mt. Pleasant. So we were given printed, step-by-step directions to all of the locations we were to visit on our trip. We set out early in the morning on a very cloudy day, and before we were even half way to Mt. Pleasant, it started down pouring … hard. We could barely read any street signs and the spray from any passing truck or car left us behind a windshield that was frosted with mist and very opaque. Eventually when we arrived in Mt. Pleasant, the rain let up a bit and we made our first stop. So far so good, but then things got tricky when the directions stopped making sense and were clearly incorrect. However, we rose to the challenge and after several misleading routes, we figured out our way around and we found the locations we needed to visit. With each place visited, we slowly gained our confidence and were better prepared to speak with the next person about the services we offer at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Needless to say, it was a very eventful day.

Interns3Along with various other assignments I had including competitor analysis, mailing projects, the creation of constant contact email newsletters, interviews, and graphic content, I also got to know my fellow interns a little bit better. We had the opportunity to participate at the local Volunteers of America by serving lunch, and it allowed us to really see things from a new point of view. We often get caught up in our own little worlds and think about all the things we need to do to accomplish our goals, such as getting multiple internships, or where we are going to apply to grad school. Sometimes we don’t stop to think about how lucky we are to have those opportunities. We compare ourselves to our friends and think, “wow they’re really lucky they’ve done this, that, and the other thing,” but in reality, we are lucky, too.

Volunteering at VOA made me realize how truly fortunate I am, and while my peers may have great opportunities, so do I. The fact that I, along with my peers, can even consider college or an internship, is a privilege. I was lucky enough to have an internship at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc., this summer, where I not only learned about all of the different aspects to running a business, learned more about marketing, and improved my communication skills, I also was able to be part of a work community that focuses on giving back to those in need every day.

Interns7Along with learning about how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® gives back and having an opportunity to be a part of it, the interns also had some “just for fun” get-togethers including a Lugnut’s baseball game and going to sushi for lunch while teaching each other how to use chopsticks.

I had an incredibly awesome summer as a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® intern. Each person I met was welcoming and extremly helpful. It was definitely a summer of learning and memories and I can’t wait to keep in touch with my new friends all while watching TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® continue to grow!

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