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Meet Jason Swartz, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Pasadena intern

 Written by Erin VanPortfliet

As the summer continues to fly by, we are excited to introduce yet another intern at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Jason Swartz is interning this summer in the marketing department at our Pasadena, Calif., franchise, and recently graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Azusa Pacific University! Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Jason!

Where are you going to school and what is your major?

“I’m a recent graduate with a degree in business marketing from Azusa Pacific University. Following graduation, I started my Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in organizational science through Azusa Pacific University.”

How did you hear about the internship?

“I first heard about the marketing internship through a friend of mine who actually worked for the Pasadena franchise. I also saw the internship position posted to the university job board and after taking some time to research the company, I quickly applied.”

Tell me a little about yourself

“When I’m not working or focusing on school, I enjoy anything that has to do with activities outdoors. I’m from Santa Barbara, Calif., which has crafted my love for surfing. On top of this, I love hiking, and this past summer I was able to hike Yosemite Half Dome, which was a lifelong dream of mine.”

What is your biggest take away from your internship so far?

“It is hard to pinpoint exactly one biggest take away. The thing that I have learned most in regards to the marketing internship is the amount of research and planning it takes to run a successful marketing campaign. With that being said, launching the campaign is just the beginning. Keeping up and tracking the success and areas of improvement are all aspects that I have had the pleasure of helping with during my internship.”

What are you hoping to learn or accomplish in your internship this summer?

“Growth each day would be the number one thing that I would like to accomplish. There is so much to learn that can help you grow when working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.”

What made you want to join the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team this summer?

“There were a lot of reasons why I joined the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team, the first being the core values that are listed on the company’s website. Seeing these made me very interested in the company. After taking some time to do research on the company and seeing the story behind the growth over the past 30 years, I wanted to be a part of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.”

What has been your favorite thing about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® so far?

“My favorite thing about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been the hands-on learning I have received from the day I stepped into the office. From the general manager allowing me to sit in on the team’s weekly meetings to the marketing manager allowing me to take on new tasks each week, the overall experience has been great.”

What’s next for you?

“Looking into the future and what is next, the first goal I would like to complete is finishing my master’s program. After that, I would love to one day move down to San Diego, where I can work and enjoy the beautiful city at the same time.”

There you have it, folks – another ambitious TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® intern that we are proud to introduce. Remember, we are nationwide with new opportunities opening daily! Check it out today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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Getting to know Anna Stephens, marketing department intern

Written by Ben Laverdiere

If you’ve been around TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s corporate headquarters in Lansing, Mich., recently, odds are you have noticed some new faces. This is because each summer, Home Office hosts a group of interns looking to advance their careers and learn more about their respective fields of study. As part of our intern blog series, we interviewed Anna Stephens, one of three interns in the Home Office marketing department.

Anna will be entering her senior year at Michigan State University this coming fall, where she will be finishing up her degree in marketing. Anna is a Michigan native, born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich. Anna has been swimming competitively since she was 11-years-old, and now swims for the Michigan State University swim team. We are excited to welcome Anna to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family this summer.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“When I was a kid, I wanted to be a professional swimmer. I started swimming at a young age, so that seemed like a fun lifestyle. “

What are you hoping to learn or accomplish during your internship this summer?
“I am hoping to gain a general understanding of how the different departments work together to help this company flourish. I think the communication and overlap between departments is interesting, and I’d like to learn exactly how this works.”

What is your favorite thing about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?
“My favorite thing about working here is the welcoming community of employees. Everyone has been extremely helpful and accessible, and I really appreciate that.”

Can you describe what main projects are you tackling during your internship?
“Independently, I have written several blogs about various moving and home topics. I have also helped to review and revise the translation of the corporate website to Spanish. In addition, I have collaborated on numerous video projects with Cat, my fellow marketing intern. Together, we have made several craft DIY videos including the Halloween “boxtumes” craft that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® does every year. We also have completed instructional videos on the assembly of boxes, and other social media-oriented videos and projects requested by franchises.”

What does a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® look like for you?
“I can’t say that many of my days here have been terribly similar. I usually am working on a project that will eventually turn into a blog or social media post. “

If you could have any job at Home Office for a day, what would you want to do?
“If I could have any job at Home Office, I’d probably want to stay in the marketing department. I am fortunate to be in the department and major that interests me most, so I can say honestly that I am very content where I am.”

If you could travel to any country where would you want to go?
“If I could travel anywhere, I’d go to Switzerland. The pictures all look so beautiful and there’s so much to see there.”

We are excited to have Anna join TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for the summer with her energetic and positive attitude. There is no doubt that Anna will use her interest, knowledge, and fresh perspective to move our system forward.

Are you interested in moving your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Opportunities are available now at locations nationwide. Check it out at careers.twomenandatruck.com! Enjoy your summer!

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SAY HELLO TO HANNAH BAROSKO, ONE OF TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s NEWEST INTERNS!

Written by Victoria Trosko

Each summer, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s corporate headquarters in Lansing, Mich., hosts a group of interns looking to further their careers and learn more about their respective fields of study. As part of our blog series, we interviewed Hannah Barosko, the new training and development intern with the operations department at Home Office. Hannah recently finished her sophomore year at Lansing Community College, and is looking forward to transferring to Michigan State University in the fall. There, she will continue studying environmental studies and sustainability. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Hannah!

Tell me a little about yourself.

“I have been dancing or teaching dance for 12 years. I am the oldest sibling of four, with two younger sisters and one younger brother. I love to take pictures and be outside in the summertime (preferably near the water!). My wish is to travel out of the country to somewhere in Europe.”

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

“I wanted to be a meteorologist! I used to be obsessed with the weather channel even when I was a little kid. Everyone would be watching Disney Channel, or Nickelodeon, and I would be watching the Weather Channel. My mom can vouch for this!”

What are you hoping to learn or accomplish during your internship this summer?

“I am excited to learn more about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Both of my parents have worked here at some point, so I grew up with their trucks. We’re more than just a moving company and I’m excited to learn about the company. I am already starting to learn a lot about each department from going through training manuals. I am also hoping to get out of my comfort zone a little more since this is my first “big kid” job.”

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

“I love all of my team members and we get along really well. This is a great work environment, and that makes it fun to come to work every day.”

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

“Right now, I spend a lot of time going through Stick Men University®, our online training platform, updating reports, and filling out the 19-page application for the Top Training Award for Training Magazine. The application takes up a lot of time because I am meeting with each department to go over materials.”

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

“I would want to see what it is like to be in my mom’s shoes for a day, or maybe just half a day. My mom, Amelia, is a customer care specialist within the operations department. It would be a learning experience to say the least!”

What is your favorite Instagram account to follow?

“Ballerinaproject_. I have been following this account forever, and it has beautiful pictures of ballet dancers all over the world, in the city, on the beach, and more.”

Hannah’s kindness and hard work this summer are such positive additions to Home Office. We are looking forward to all the great ways you will contribute to our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family in these next few months, Hannah!

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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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 Hunter Block and Stephen Lipshaw

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Written by Katie Peterson

Each summer, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s corporate headquarters in Lansing, Mich., hosts a group of interns looking to further their careers and learn a little bit more about their perspective fields of study. Our program pairs each intern with a manager in the department of their choice who assigns them projects and teaches them all they can in their short, three months together. This week, we are introducing two interns from the logistics department, Hunter Block and Stephen Lipshaw.

Hunter Block

Hunter is heading into his sophomore year at Cedarville University in Ohio. He is studying Spanish and global business. Hunter hopes to work overseas someday and use his Spanish-speaking skills in his career. This summer he is working in the logistics department at Home Office. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Hunter!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Hunter picI enjoy lifting weights and playing sports like soccer and golf (I’m probably better than my brother, I hope he doesn’t read this). I have an older sister and two younger brothers. I also enjoy traveling and have been to Europe, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Peru. I would love to continue traveling in the future. I really like camping, too, especially if it’s by a lake.

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

I wanted to be a personal trainer when I was younger because I am really into health and fitness and lifting weights. I thought it would be a rewarding experience to help other people meet their goals.

What’s your favorite thing about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Meeting and hanging out with all the other interns is really fun, everyone is pretty cool. I really like the other employees here, too. The environment here really separates TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® from other companies. They are very intentional to make sure their employees have fun. It’s great to see how much they really care about the customers and meeting their needs and expectations, and it is obvious why they are one of the top moving companies in the country.

What’s something you want to be known for?

I want people to see me as being compassionate and helpful. If someone needs me, I want them to know I will be there to help.

Is this your first internship/how did you learn about it?

No, this is not my first. I had an internship last summer at my family’s company, Block Imaging, in the marketing department. I learned about this internship through a friend who was an intern here last year and had a rewarding experience.

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

I come to work in the morning, usually I check my email and work on whatever I have assigned for that day. My projects so far have included organizing data and working on processing for the Value Flex long-distance moving service.

Thanks so much for everything you are doing to help TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® this summer, Hunter! Your work ethic and great sense of humor help make Home Office a great place to be.


Stephen Lipshaw

Stephen is going to be junior at Michigan State University this fall majoring in applied engineering sciences with a concentration in supply chain management. Stephen is working in the operations/logistics department at our corporate office this summer. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Stephen!

Tell me about yourself.
Stephen L picI am really big into sports. I love the Detroit Red Wings and most MSU athletics, especially basketball and football.  Traveling to France is on my bucket list. Humor is a big part of my life. If I got up in the morning and didn’t laugh all day long, then why did I get up?

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

I wanted to be an NBA player for the Detroit Pistons. Preferably number 32.

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

I like the environment, it’s more relaxed than a typical office. They treat you like an actual employee here and not just the stereotypical “intern” getting coffee. What I think separates TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® from other companies is the atmosphere, specifically how friendly and welcoming everybody is.

What’s something you want to be known for?

I want to be known for making everyone’s day a little bit better every day.

Is this your first internship?

Yes, this is my first internship. Actually Randy (President of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®) was giving a presentation at one of the groups I’m involved in at MSU and he asked if we all had internships. I did not have one at the time, so he pulled me aside after his presentation and told me about this opportunity. I applied with his recommendation and here I am.

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

My assignments are pretty hard. I’ve been working on the newly introduced Value Flex long-distance moving service, which provides long distance moves in 16 ft. portable containers at an affordable cost. It is a challenge, but it’s very fun. It’s great to be challenged by a summer job. For my past summer job I worked at a quick-serve bakery and my only challenge was figuring out how many pastries I could take home at the end of the day.

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

I get here at 8 a.m., and really every day is different. I like it though because routines get boring for me.

Stephen’s great attitude about life and his ability to be challenged by the new opportunities that come his way are assets that greatly impact us here at Home Office. Thank you for everything you do here, Stephen!

Are you a college student interested in moving your career forward? Summer opportunities are available at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations nationwide. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

 

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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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Interns Who Care – Elizabeth Hosking

Written by Corinne DeVries

Meet Liz!

Liz grew up in Big Rapids where she played golf, basketball, and tennis at Big Rapids High School. She is now a junior studying advertising at Michigan State University.

liz1Tell me about yourself.

I have three older brothers. My oldest brother is a dentist in Texas, so I don’t get to see him very much. My other two brothers live around Detroit, and the youngest just started med school! I go home on the weekends to see my parents. My family is split half and half between Michigan State University and the University of Michigan (rivals!). My mom, oldest brother, and I are Spartans, and my dad and two other brothers went to U of M. I have a cat, Milo, and he learned how to play fetch. I have never met another cat like him.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I really like baking gourmet cupcakes. My favorite to make and eat are my Snickers cupcakes. Occasionally I play tennis for fun. I also golf with my dad and brothers quite a bit, and I enjoy spending time with friends.

Have you had an accounting internship before?

No, this is my first internship. My family is close to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CFO Jeff Wesley’s brother.  He filled in me on the company, and shortly after, the accounting internship opened up for the summer. It was really last minute and unexpected, but I thought it would be a good experience so I decided to pursue it. I thought it would be useful to learn about accounting even though it’s not part of my major.

What made you want to intern with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

After talking with Jeff’s brother, I began looking into the company and it seemed like a fun, work atmosphere and everyone seemed to really enjoy the culture and time they spend at the office.

What is your favorite part about interning at Two Men and a Truck so far?

I really like the environment. Everyone is really welcoming and it’s laid back, but everyone is working hard. They know how to have fun but they also know when it’s time to get down to work.

liz2What are you looking to get out of this internship?

I’m just looking for experience and a better understanding of accounting. Although it’s not part of my major it’s something I can use regardless of what I decide to do. I think understanding the accounting and financial side of a business will be really helpful for me in the future.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself probably still in Michigan with my cat, Milo. I’ve thought about going to grad school but I am unsure at this point, so I’ll either be in school or hopefully have a job in the business side of advertising.

 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? And why?

I would want the ability to time travel, because then I could go into the future or the past and relive history or experience events and time periods I wasn’t around for.

If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be and why?

Steve Jobs. I think it would be really interesting to hear about how Apple was founded and how they grew the business the way they did. The company started off small and is now one of the most valuable companies in the world. Being able to talk to one of the original founders would be really interesting and provide a lot of really cool information.

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Interns Who Care – Corinne DeVries

Meet Corinne!

Corinne grew up in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where she was a three-sport varsity athlete at Rochester Adams High School. She played golf, basketball, and track & field. Corinne also played travel basketball and soccer outside of school. This year, she is a senior on the varsity rowing team at Michigan State University, where she is studying communications and health, and will be attending graduate school at MSU for her master’s in interpersonal communications.

Corinne1Tell me about yourself.

Corinne: I have one sister, Monica, who is two years younger than me and my best friend. We were on the golf team together my junior and senior year of high school which was the best experience! We used to drive to practice together every day with the top down, sing to every song on the radio, and talk about life. We also have the cutest dog ever, Bailey. My dad is the chef of the family, and he is the best cook! My favorite thing he makes is steak au poivre, and I ask him to make it for my birthday every year. My mom is a very skilled artist and has her own studio, North Fire Studios. Our family likes to go up north on the weekends to our cottage in Kalkaska. It’s so relaxing up there. My dad will make dinner and we take it out on the boat and cruise around the lake.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Corinne: During the school year most of my free time is taken up by rowing. When I’m not rowing I like to hang out with my teammates and friends, go to the movies, or have bonfires. I also love drawing, especially pictures or cards for other people. And I like singing, but not in the presence of others!

Have you had a marketing internship before?

Corinne: No, this is my first internship! Last summer I was a camp counselor for five-year-olds. It was so fun, I thought nothing could beat that job but my internship at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has been a blast. I’ve learned so much!

What made you want to intern with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Corinne: Well, CFO Jeff Wesley has been friends with my parents since before I was born. I grew up a few houses down the street and was best friends with his daughter, Emily. I knew he worked here and I had heard so many great things about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. So I asked Mr. Wesley if they had an internship program, and here I am. I’m actually desk buddies with his youngest daughter Erin, who I haven’t seen in a long time!

Corinne2What is your favorite part about interning at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® so far?

Corinne: The people and the projects! Everyone at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is friendly and always ready to help someone else with a problem, regardless of how busy their own schedules are. I feel comfortable going to not only my supervisor, but anyone in my department for help. I also like that the projects are meaningful and help the company in some way. I’ve been busy helping with internal communications as well as writing a various blogs for external communications. I’ve also been working on a few video project for the HR department with my fellow marketing interns, Jason and Ellie. They are both so nice and so fun to work with, just like everyone else at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

What are you looking to get out of this internship?

Corinne: I want to get a good idea of what it’s like to work at an actual company and also narrow down what it is I want to do after I graduate. I majored in communications because I like people. I don’t really know exactly what I want to do, I just know I want to work with people. I’m hoping this experience will help me figure that out. I get to work on different projects and see the different aspects of communication and marketing which will definitely help me determine my career path.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Corinne: In five years I will be graduated from graduate school, probably living in Michigan. I’d love to work at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, or at least somewhere like it! I definitely see myself with a dog or maybe two. I love huskies!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? And why?

Corinne: I would want the super power of always knowing the right answer, so that I’m never confused and I can solve any problem. That would be so helpful in getting things done.

If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be and why?

Corinne: Papa, my mom’s dad, was one of the most awesome people that I have ever known. He was the biggest goofball and he was really smart. He passed away of cancer when I was 14. I remember when I was maybe 4, my mom and my aunt played on the same soccer team and he and my grandma would come to the games with us. He always had Tootsie Rolls or Werther’s in his pockets. He would make us guess which hand they were in and he’d play games with us. It’d be nice to talk with him again and catch up.

 

Corinne has been a key asset to the marketing team this summer and has helped with many projects so far. We are happy to have Corinne working with us and are excited to see the awesome things she will do for the duration of her internship.

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