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Wrapping up a college internship: Three major insights from a former intern

Written by Katie Peterson

So you’ve just finished your summer internship. Now’s the time when you have probably started thinking, “what in the world happened to my summer?” Whether it was your first internship or you’ve had prior experience, it probably went by in the blink of an eye. Internship responsibilities can range anywhere from being the office barista to having challenging projects and tasks; the latter being our experience as interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.TWO MEN AND A TRUCK 2016 Interns

This summer TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate headquarters hosted me and 19 other hopeful college students looking to gain experience and knowledge in the professional world. And,  from this intern’s perspective, we’ve been able to achieve just that. From tackling projects requiring weeks of planning that would be seen by thousands of our customers, to designing training guides for franchises across the system, the 20 of us have gained an invaluable amount of experience. In addition to this experience, there are several other lessons I’ve learned here that might help other college students out as they transition from college intern to successful professional.

  1. Don’t assume that because you’re at the bottom you are incapable of reaching the top.

In my opinion, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the exception and not the rule when it comes to giving meaningful responsibility to college TWO MEN AND A TRUCK 2016 Internsstudents looking for professional experience, however, in many internships, usually your fellow coworkers know exactly where you are on the totem pole. Sometimes your tasks and assignments are given to you because they are tedious, boring, or someone else would prefer not to do them. However, this does not mean your work should be treated with “bottom of the totem pole” effort. Each editing job, spreadsheet, filing cabinet, and errand should be something you take pride in and feel good about completing. Most of the time your superiors are looking for your work ethic and attitude, not your ability to complete assignments. Regardless of the work you are given, keep in mind where you are headed and work for the job you want, not the one you have.

  1. Your attitude and the culture of the company you work for should be in agreement.

Because many of my assignments this summer involved interviewing and writing about employees in the system, I had the privilege of hearing a variety of responses from our employees about what they like most about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. The unanimous response to my question was a love for the culture and core values of the company. People who work for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® are proud to be part of this system, and that shows in the work they do each day.

  1. Don’t get comfortable with your achievements and expect continued success.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from this experience is the place you are standing right now should never be satisfactory. In our first few weeks here we had the opportunity to sit down with Executive Chairman Brig Sorber, one of the original Two Men, and he offered us a bit of a warning, “At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® you will have to learn how to get comfortable being uncomfortable.” I think all of us quickly realized how right he would be. In any successful company, innovation and new ideas are required. This summer I have seen first-hand believing this idea is essential for the success of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Valuing what you have achieved is important, but you should never stop looking forward toward your next opportunity.

 

Katie PetersonKatie Peterson is a junior at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., majoring in Business and Communication. She spent her summer interning with the marketing department at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office.

Are you looking to begin moving your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Opportunities are available now at locations nationwide. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® … Full of Interns! Meet Connor Wesley!

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Written by Katie Peterson

With only a few weeks left of the summer, many of our interns at Home Office are heading back to school with their tool belts full of experience from their summer months at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Each department at Home Office had the privilege of hosting one (or more!) interns looking to build their knowledge and grow as a young professionals, and we hate saying goodbye to this great group! One of the 20 interns we will miss is Connor Wesley, who has played a pivotal role here these past three months. Let’s meet him!

Connor Wesley

Connor is heading into his sophomore year at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., pursuing a degree in general business. He worked as risk management intern at Home Office this summer.

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. When the work day is over, I like to relax, workout or run, and do a variety of different activities with my extended family. On the weekends, I often drive back home to the east side of the state and spend quality time with my mom, dad, brother, and sister. I also enjoy hanging with my friends back at home. For the past two years (and years to come), I’ve attended the Faster Horses Festival at Michigan International Speedway with five of my high school friends, it’s always a fun experience.

What would a typical day at Home Office look like for you?

In risk management every day is different. I am involved with How’s My Driving? calls, in which people who see our trucks are able to call in and provide feedback on how they are driving. I also interact with franchises about Department of Transportation and safety regulations, and assist my co-workers with any of their tasks. I also really enjoy visiting franchises to provide support.

What do you like most about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I appreciate the opportunities I’ve had to travel with the DOT/fleet safety and risk management teams. I enjoy assisting the consultants in providing materials and information to improve the operations at franchise locations. Also, I enjoy seeing the different layouts of each of the franchises I’ve visited and how each franchise operates and implements policies and procedures.

What was your favorite aspect of this internship?

Connor pic+I liked traveling with Mark List, my colleague and friend. Out of the responsibilities I have at Home Office, my favorite one would probably be assisting the DOT/fleet safety and risk management consultants with various projects. All of the projects are unique and you are faced with different challenges each and every day. For example, one week I assisted my manager in updating the corporate office emergency action plan and the very next week I was assisting another coworker in purchasing a truck for the Value Flex program, a long-distance moving solution to meet our specific requirements.

What was your biggest accomplishment this summer?

The two biggest accomplishments I completed this summer were re-creating and updating the DOT Mock Audit form and documenting the process for handling How’s My Driving? calls. The DOT Mock Audit form was a key accomplishment because the audit form now allows each DOT consultant to easily complete the audit form during the audit process, while creating consistent and unified reports between four consultants on the team. I also worked with one of my co-workers to take on the How’s My Driving? calls. Throughout the beginning stages, we created the process and procedures while dealing with the variety of compliments and complaints concerning our fleet across the United States.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a firefighter. It always seemed like it would be a great time to ride around in a fire truck all day.

If you could have any job at Home Office for a day, what would you want to do?

I would want to have the job of a Franchise Business Consultant. I think I would like interacting with the different franchises so often, and it always seems like they are doing fun things (and eating great food).

Connor has made such an impact here this summer with his hard work and commitment to the company. We will miss you, and thank you for everything you have done for us at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®!

Want to move your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Opportunities are available now at locations nationwide. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®… Full of Interns! Meet Avery Bachelor and Charles Staky!

  Avery and Charles

Written by Katie Peterson

As the summer season comes to a close, we are beginning to say goodbye to our interns as they head back to college and begin their fall semesters. Throughout the summer our Home Office interns have taken on projects and responsibilities assigned by their department managers, and learned about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as a brand. They’ve made connections and accomplished so much this summer, we will be sad to see them go! Avery Batchelor and Charles Staky are marketing interns who attended high school together in nearby Okemos, Mich. Let’s meet them!

Avery Batchelor

Avery will be a junior this fall at Tulane University in New Orleans with a double major in marketing and finance. This summer she is one of five interns working in our marketing department. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Avery!

Tell me a little about yourself

Avery picIn high school I was in the musical theater and on the women’s golf team at Okemos High School. I have one older sister, Madison, and my favorite food is chicken flavored ramen noodles. I really like to read when I have free time; pretty much any book that takes me away from reality and I can get lost in is great. I also really like just lying on the beach and doing nothing, but who doesn’t like to do that?

What does a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® look like for you?

I mostly work with the Lansing franchise helping them with their marketing. I go to many events and grassroots visits to promote the brand and tell people about what we do here. Liz, another intern on our marketing team, and I do grassroots marketing together, create social media posts and blogs, and go on really cool adventures a lot of the other interns are jealous of, including a mini photoshoot of our company mascot, Truckie, visiting the casino.

What is your favorite part about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I really like how nice and welcoming everyone I’ve met here is. The people are awesome, and everyone makes the place such a great environment to work in. Everyone is very inclusive in their projects and willing to put trust in us to do important tasks.

What do you think has been your biggest challenge this summer while working here?

I would say getting over the initial fear of going up to new people and talking to them, especially because one of my biggest jobs here is grassroots marketing where I go to different parts of the city and tell people what we are all about as a company.

What’s something you want to be known for?

I want to be that person who is a good listener. I really like when people come to me and are comfortable talking to me if they have problems.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be Celine Dion. I remember watching one of the award shows she was on with my family and she was wearing this long red ball gown and I decided I wanted to be her when I grew up.

If you could do one person’s job in the office for a day who’s would you want?

I would want to do Stephen Jacobson’s job, who is one of the interns in the accounting department. Accounting is my other major so it would be really great to have some experience within that department.


 

Charles Staky
Charles will be a senior this fall at Michigan State University and is pursuing his degree in marketing with a minor in sales. He is an important asset to our marketing team and is involved in assisting our franchises across the country. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Charles!

Tell me a little about yourself

Charles picI played hockey and lacrosse in high school and I’m on a men’s hockey league right now. I am the oldest of three children, with a younger brother that’s a senior in high school and a little sister in 8th grade. I enjoy playing sports with my little brother when I’m home. He’s on the lacrosse team at Okemos High School and it’s pretty great to watch him play. After graduation I think it would be really cool to find a job and live in Grand Rapids; there always seems to be something going on there.

How did you learn about this internship?

For a school project I had to talk to a business professional, so I interviewed Jeanie (my manager now) and she asked me for my resume during the interview. She ended up recommending me and I got the job.

What does a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® look like for you?

I meet often with my bosses, Jeanie and Arika, and work quite a bit in Excel to determine if the franchises’ marketing strategies are working for them. I’ve had the opportunity to write a few corporate blog posts as well.

What is your favorite part about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Being in the office I get to see both sides of the business. I was on the trucks last summer as a mover and it’s really cool to see the things I just heard about from Home Office come to life now that I am doing and seeing them in person.

What do you think has been your biggest challenge this summer while working here?

This is my first internship and professional job, and it’s been a transition to be involved in work that is more mentally challenging, rather than manual labor (although moving furniture was like Tetris sometimes).

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a jewel thief. I liked all the spy movies growing up, especially when the Oceans movies came out. I wanted to do heists with lasers and equipment like spray hairspray on the trip lines and sneak around the security. Then I realized I wasn’t skilled enough, not to mention stealing jewels is highly illegal.

If you could have any job at Home Office for a day, what would you do?

I would want to do one of the Franchise Business Consultant’s jobs. Working with the franchises would be cool, and I think helping them prevent and solve their business problems would be a rewarding experience.

Both Charles and Avery have positively contributed to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand and culture with their positive attitudes, strong work ethics, and motivated personalities. We love having you two here, and can’t wait to see more great things from you!

Are you looking to move your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Opportunities are available now at locations nationwide. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®… Full of Interns! Meet Stephen Jacobson!

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Written by Katie Peterson  

As the summer is winding down, our interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office are putting the last touches on their final presentations and some are getting ready to head back to school soon! This summer flew by for this group of interns with projects and assignments from their managers and some fun in between. This summer the interns were paired with a manager from a department of their choosing to learn all they can about their field and the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand overall. Stephen Jacobson is one of our accounting interns, let’s meet him!

Stephen will be a junior at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. He is studying accounting and finance as dual majors and working in the finance department this summer. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Stephen!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Stephen picI like to spend time with friends. We usually play video games or watch movies. I’m a big fan of movies in general but my favorite is probably the last Lord of the Rings movie, Return of the King. I really enjoy sports and being active, too. At school this past semester I played intramural Ultimate Frisbee and I played basketball in high school. I’m also involved in a stock fund called Student Asset Management at school in addition to a coffee start-up company.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be in the NBA, I love the Detroit Pistons and I always tried to be number 23 whenever I played on teams in grade school.

What does a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® look like for you?

I come in to work in the morning and do research and projects. Usually my projects consist of performing competitor analyses, franchise reviews, and working on the company benchmark study. Benchmark is essentially our multi-faceted annual report that displays our financials. For the franchises that partook in the survey, they receive the benchmark analysis. This displays the percentage of their answers compared to the other answers in the system. Usually around noon I go to lunch and eat with the other interns. After lunch I go back to working on research until 5. I enjoy it a lot actually. Some people think accounting is boring but I think it is pretty fun.

What is your favorite part about working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I love the atmosphere. Everyone is so nice to each other here and I feel like all my coworkers are approachable if I have questions. I think the people I work with at Home Office really represent TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® well as a brand in general.

What has been your biggest challenge this summer while working here?

A big challenge for me this summer was finding housing reports. My work was mostly getting statistics that are done by each state about construction starts and total home sales. These are then used to see how the housing market is doing correlated to our business. Another big challenge for me is trying to understand how the franchise-based model applies to all the different projects I am a part of.

What’s something you want to be known for?

I hope people say I am a hard-working and nice person. Someone that others can talk to and trust.

If you could have one person’s job at Home Office for a day who’s would you want?

I would like my boss, Sam Fountain’s job, because then I would be my own boss for a day.

Stephen’s kindness and hard work this summer are such positive additions to Home Office and we sure will miss him when he returns to school. Keep up the great work, Stephen, we can’t wait to see all that you accomplish in the future!

Want to move your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Opportunities are available now at locations nationwide. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® … Full of Interns! Meet Liz Hosking and Hannah Romain

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Written by Katie Peterson

As the summer season begins to wind down, the interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office in Lansing, Mich., are working hard to continue their projects and develop their final presentations. Over the course of just a few months, this talented group has learned the ins and outs of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise system and their respective departments, with the help of their managers. Liz Hosking and Hannah Romain are two of these interns, with Liz in the marketing department and Hannah in human resources. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Liz and Hannah!

Liz Hosking

Liz picLiz is heading into her senior year at Michigan State University with a major in advertising. Liz has been working in the marketing department this summer and spends her time on grassroots efforts for the Lansing franchise along with many other projects. She has had the unique opportunity to experience multiple departments at Home Office as she interned here last summer as well, but in the accounting department. We’re so glad you’re here, Liz!

Tell me a little bit about yourself

I like to golf and bake, mostly cupcakes although I haven’t baked much while I’ve been in college. I like to hang out with my friends and cook food for fun. I have three older brothers and a cat named Milo, who I learned was a domestic cat mixed with wild savanna cat when I took him to the vet. Apparently they are a lot of money, but I got him on Craigslist for free.

What does a typical day here look like for you?

I come into the office and start my day off by grabbing a cup of coffee. Avery, one of the other marketing interns, and I then work together on figuring out our route for grassroots marketing for the week, communicating with contacts about events we plan on participating in, making deliveries of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® merchandise to donate to different organizations, updating website content, and running the Lansing franchise’s social media accounts. We take many fun adventures around the greater Lansing area and have spent a lot our summer in the company car, which is pretty cool.

What do you like most about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I like how nice, welcoming, and helpful everyone is at the company. I really like how they value their employees and want them to succeed. They have a lot of opportunities for people to move their way up through the company. A really good example of that is me being able to work here for a second summer.

What is your favorite aspect of this internship? What surprised you most?

I like how the marketing department has a lot of different parts. I work on projects from various areas so I get to do a lot of different things here. I have worked here for almost a full year now, so not much has surprised me, although when I switched departments at the beginning of the summer from accounting to marketing, it was a big change to go between two very different departments. Last year I had an accounting internship here and I worked throughout the school year. It was cool getting to work with the accounting team for a whole year and it’s an important aspect of the business. Now, as a marketer, it’s really important because you know the financial side of it and how to budget while implementing a marketing plan. So it’s really the best of both worlds.

What do you still hope to accomplish this summer?

I am looking forward to creating something cool to leave behind for the marketing department to remember their interns by; that was one of the projects all the marketing interns were assigned to work on together.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a personal shopper. I love shopping and I told my mom that was what I was going to do with my life. I told her I would be doing it for rich people who don’t want to do their own shopping, although, that didn’t work out.

If you could have any job at Home Office, what would you want to do?

I would like to do Marnie or Norma’s job at the front desk. Both of them are always so welcoming and nice and they are always the first people you see when you walk into the office.


 

Hannah Romain

This fall Hannah will be a junior at the University of Michigan studying psychology and music as a double major. This summer she is working in the HR department experiencing all there is to know about human resources. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Hannah!

Tell me a little about yourself

Hannah picI have two younger siblings, a brother and a sister, and we have two dogs (also a brother and a sister). I like to write music, play guitar, and sing. My favorite types of music to play and sing are indie/pop and folk music, and it’s pretty normal for me to spend all my money on concert tickets. After work I usually go home and have dinner with my family. My mom is a great cook and she makes dinner for me when I come home. I also like to take my dogs for walks and watch Parks and Rec on Netflix.

What does a typical day here look like for you?

I start my days at Home Office with a big travel mug of coffee from home – it’s necessary for me to be a functional human. I usually head straight to my desk and begin working on various projects, attending meetings, and checking in and with my supervisor as needed. When I’m at my desk, I typically have headphones in so I can listen to Spotify while I work.

What do you like most about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® as a company?

I really like the company culture, and I really appreciate the charitable efforts that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® makes for the community. I think it’s important to be a company that works toward a good cause. My favorite cause this company participates in is Movers for Moms because it’s amazing to see the positive impact that we can have on local women in need. In 2016 alone, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was able to donate more than 285,000 items to local women’s and family shelters.

What is your favorite aspect of this internship? What surprised you most?

I really like the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® business model and what they stand for here, it’s an awesome concept. It’s a great work environment, too, although I have never worked in an office setting like this before so that part is a new experience for me. I was surprised to see a lot of familiar faces here; I know a lot of the interns and employees so that’s a fun experience.

What do you still hope to accomplish this summer?

I’m working on finishing our payroll playbook, I am excited to get the project finished and distribute it to the franchises so they can keep up with our best practices for payroll.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a pediatric surgeon, I was one for Halloween one year and people would say, “oh you’re a doctor?” and I corrected them and said, “no I’m a pediatric surgeon”. And now I can’t even be near blood.

If you could have any job at Home Office, what would you want to do?

I would want Liz’s job as marketing intern, because she sits across from Avery, who I would get to talk to every day. Avery and I have known each other for a really long time so it would be fun to collaborate with her in a work setting.

Although Liz and Hannah attend rival Michigan colleges, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is happy to have their teamwork skills, positive attitudes, and great work ethics as part of our 2016 summer intern program. We appreciate all the work you two have done and look forward to seeing more from you in the last few weeks!

Are you looking to move your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Opportunities are available now at locations nationwide. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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