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®.
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.
- 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 students 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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