Written by Rachel Christine
The time of the year has come to reflect on our outstanding interns who joined the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family over the summer. As the summer season recently came to a close, so did our internship program, where we said goodbye to our 19 energetic interns who joined us this summer. Whether they’re staying nearby and attending Michigan State University or heading out of state, we wish our interns a successful school year.
Each year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® welcomes around 20 interns into their Home Office headquarters in Lansing, Mich., to join our various departments these young professionals have interest in. Whether it’s finance or IT, they’re given the opportunity to experience the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate setting. This is not your typical “filing, go get coffee for your coworkers” kind of internship.
When asking these interns what they were grateful for during their internship, many expressed gratitude for the projects they were given. They felt they had many important tasks throughout the summer and that the company continuously improved their work ethic by moving them forward professionally.
“My summer with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has given me real world experience in the marketing field that allowed me to gain skills and insights that will benefit me in my future academic and career endeavors,” said Caitlyn Laidler, marketing intern who supported the Mt. Pleasant, Mich., franchise location.
Similarly, IT Intern Abi Thurman said her experience was a positive one because it left her thinking outside the box.
“Out of all of my internships, I am particularly grateful to this one because I think it has pushed me to grow the most.”
Not only did these interns appreciate the projects they completed, they were also thankful for the teams they worked with. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has established a set of core values that we live by which makes the work atmosphere excellent. Everyone is welcoming and feels they can ask a question when they need help. Mobile IT Intern Jacob Faustyn explained to us how the core values influenced his internship.
“I had an absolute blast. I am beyond grateful for the infrastructure team for welcoming me into the department and really taking the time to teach me things. I owe a special thanks to Technology Implementation Consultant James Silvers for all that he did for me over the summer,” Faustyn said. “In the midst of the busy season, he never hesitated to take the time to explain something to me or help me with my task at hand. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is an unbelievable company that stands on even better values. I learned so much and created so many friendships that I am forever grateful for.”
Our interns attend various colleges throughout the country and told us how their internships at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® helped them determine if their major was the right choice.
“Before I began my internship, I was unsure whether or not business was the path for me. I can honestly say that after the first week I have never been so sure of something. Hearing the executives speak so highly of the company, its employees, and internship program was inspiring,” said Jared Klann, business analyst intern. “Being surrounded by people who believed in me and wanted to see me succeed made the experience even more memorable. The position I held put me in new situations that required me to juggle many things at a time, but I believe it helped me grow as a person and realize what my true strengths are. The opportunity to intern at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been a blessing, and is something I will bring with me and cherish for the rest of my life.”
Many of our interns joined the team for the first time this summer, but others joined us for a second or even third summer this year. Returning interns often receive the opportunity to experience a different department their second time around. This way, they are able to see several different sides of the corporate office and what keeps us running. Stephen Jacobson was here at Home Office for his second summer and interned with the human resources systems and payroll department after working as a business intelligence intern last year.
“My summer has been great at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in being able to work on the payroll team where I learned a better understanding of the laws and roles of payroll to a business,” Jacobson said.
Some interns may also have experienced interning in or directly with a franchise, like Jason Bergeron.
“I learned a lot about how a franchise works from the business side, opposed to me learning about the franchise from the moving side last summer. I also enjoyed seeing so many people from different pathways coming together and working hard,” Bergeron said.
No matter what department, everyone here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® did their best to provide a great experience for our interns. From weekly lunch and learns where they were taught information about LinkedIn or interview tips, to intern events where they networked with other companies, we provided them the opportunity to grow as young professionals.
“Working in training and development, I was challenged with the task of reaching out to many different teams within the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system which helped me get out of my comfort zone really quickly,” said Hannah Barasko. “Whether it was setting up meetings with team leads and managers or answering phones for the front desk, everything I’ve done this summer has helped me grow individually and professionally.”
While this time of year is particularly sad with saying goodbye, we hope to see familiar faces around the office next year by welcoming back some of these interns. They dedicated hard work the past several months and stayed motivated the entire time. We thank every one of our interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and can’t wait to see what they do next!
Interested in a new career path? TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has great opportunities in many national locations. We’re looking for inspired individuals with experience in the fields of general labor, customer service, marketing, and more! Apply here today careers.twomenandatruck.com.