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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s 2017 summer intern program comes to a close

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.

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Introducing Human Resources Intern, Rachel Christine!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s summer internship program brought 19 young professionals to our Home Office in Lansing, Mich., to learn and work on projects in key areas throughout the company. One intern who made a great impact in our human resources department is Rachel Christine! Rachel supported recruiting initiatives and generated careers content, including writing many of the blog posts we’ve published here this summer, and continues to support the team this fall.

Tell me a little about yourself.

“I am a senior this year at Michigan State University, finishing my degree in business and Spanish. I’ve always desired to work in today’s corporate business world, and have studied Spanish since I was young, so I’m very happy to be finishing college with these two degrees! I’m originally from Chicago, Ill., and moved to Saugatuck, Mich., several years ago. Saugatuck is extremely fun in the summer, but it’s also very small, so I definitely miss living close to a big city. Before my internship, I completed a nine-week program in Valencia, Spain, where I finished my Spanish degree in a university there. I feel very confident in my ability to speak Spanish, and would love to eventually incorporate these skills into my job one day.”

What main projects are you working on during your internship?

“I interned with the human resources department this summer and continue to work in the areas of recruitment marketing, corporate writing, and interviewing. One project I’ve worked on is recruitment brand content generation. For example, I interviewed our interns for our Moving People Forward® blog just like this! I’ve also assisted our company in developing ways to stay competitive for talent through forward-thinking and research. Posting recruitment ads and developing knowledge of the recruitment software TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® uses is a huge part of my internship as well! I’ve had an interest in human resources for a while, so I’m very lucky to have an opportunity to intern with this department – especially for a large company!”

What’s your favorite thing about your internship?

“My favorite thing is how TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has a clear goal of developing their interns into young business professionals. Whether it’s learning how to execute something in a specific department or being trusted with an important project, the people within this company are constantly doing what they can to help you improve professionally. This is definitely not the typical filing documents or fetching coffee internship. For example, you receive your own cubicle, laptop, and monitor! You sit in on meetings and conference calls and receive real-life projects that are actually important to the company. They set up weekly presentations throughout the summer for their interns to learn how to be competitive and marketable within our specific fields, presenting anything from improving our LinkedIn profiles, learning a perfect handshake, or providing exceptional answers in an interview. The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family truly cares about their interns, and that’s something I’ve noticed since day one!”

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?

“If I could do anything right now, I would love to move to Dublin, Ireland. I visited this summer, and it quickly became my favorite place in the world. The people were great and I loved the weather. One of my favorite things to do is travel and it’s only a quick plane ride to many other exciting countries in Europe when departing from Ireland. If I wasn’t going to move, I would at least love to spend an extended duration of time there and bring my family and friends. Coincidentally, one of the four countries TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is located is in Ireland as well!”

What’s next for you?

“First, the most important thing is graduating in the spring. One of my goals includes staying on the Dean’s List for my last two semesters at Michigan State University. I will most likely be spending the next several months applying to and interviewing with different companies. I would love to eventually relocate back to Chicago and live in the city for a few years, so I hope to find a company to build my career with in that location.”

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“When I was abroad, I had the opportunity to travel to a different country each weekend. I was able to see Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, and The Netherlands. However, the one place I’ve always wanted to travel to is Africa. I’ve seen excursion groups advertising camel rides through the Sahara Desert, which is something I would really love to do. I’ve also always wanted to do a real-life safari and stay in a safari lodge while there.”

 

Rachel’s adaptability and willingness to tackle new projects has been invaluable to the team, and we’re happy to have her! Thanks for being part of the team, Rachel!

Interested in developing your career with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? View open positions and apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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GETTING TO KNOW BUSINESS ANALYST INTERN, JARED KLANN

Written by Rachel Christine

Internships through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® allow our students to receive a better understanding of the field they would like to further their career in. They develop more than just skills through the various tasks and projects they must complete throughout their time here during the summer – they also develop an understanding of their future career paths. Many interns within our company are learning they do enjoy their fields of study and are on the right track toward a career. For example, meet Jared Klann! He’s a student at Western Michigan University and his summer internship allowed him to realize the business world is the right choice for him!

Where are you from?
“I’m from Charlotte, Mich.! It’s not too far from our Home Office in Lansing.”

What’s your major and why did you choose it?
“I’m leaning toward a degree in marketing because I love the idea of collaborating with others about ways to build up a company’s name by utilizing different outlets such as advertising and social media. Having the opportunity to spread the word about something I support excites me, and would be very rewarding. I strive for the innovation and constant progression that marketing shoots for. I also like how with marketing there are no limits, and that it is encouraged to think outside the box.”

What do you love about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?
“What I love most about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the people and how the company operates around its core values. I have met some of the friendliest and most genuine people while working here, and I am so blessed to be under their direction. There has never been a time where I did not feel welcomed or supported in whatever it is I was working on. I also believe the way the company operates around its core values is a major reason why it is such a success. Numerous people have told me that working here has been the highlight of their career, and I can’t help but think to myself how lucky I am to be here.”

Describe what a typical day is like in your internship?
“I usually organize designs for our daily software updates or modification requests made by franchisees and other employees of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. I also arrange meetings with other departments called joint applicant designs, or JADs. There I get my questions answered that I have regarding updates to the system. Every day I have meetings to attend to where I listen and take notes pertaining to one of the projects I’ve been assigned and show the designs I’ve been working on. For example, right now I’m working on many different potential designs for the homepage. Other times, I complete projects for infrastructure and other areas of IT. I also document and create more accurate quick estimate cubing trends, which is how the company measures for moving. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® gives us real life projects that are actually helping the company which makes me feel important here.”

What’s the greatest thing you’ve learned so far in your internship?
“I’ve learned so much, but one of the greatest things has been how everything is a balancing act here. Each department can affect each other, especially in the business world. I’ve also learned how far a simple conversation can go.”

What are you hoping to accomplish this summer?
“I’ve already accomplished so much by determining if business is the right environment for me. Before this internship, I debated business and medical occupations. However, through my time here, I’ve learned that business is exactly what I’m looking for.

What are your goals after the internship is over?
“My goals include applying to more internships and getting as much experience as I can within the field of business in order to get an idea of how other business work since I’m sure they’re all different in their own way. I would also like to graduate with honors.”

Where do you see yourself in five years?
“I really hope I’m able to stick with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® because I love it here. I also would love to move anywhere on the west coast.”

 

How great is it that these interns are becoming more confident in their majors through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Our company does our best to make these trainees great employees one day. We’re glad to have you on the team, Jared!

Interested in moving your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Apply online at one of our nationwide locations today careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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INTRODUCING OUR NORTH CAROLINA FRANCHISE INTERN, JACK!

Written by Rachel Christine

Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we have interns working at our corporate office and various franchise locations across the country to gain experience in their fields of study. These interns bring creativity and additional knowledge to our teams, just like Jack Mishra has been doing in Durham, N.C.! Jack is originally from Lansing, Mich., so he knows the area of our Home Office well and has been familiar with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® from a young age!

What school do you go to and what are you studying?

“I’m entering my sophomore year at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill! My major is management and society, which is an interdisciplinary of business and economics, and some psychology as well. My parents are both business professors, so I’ve always been interested in the world of business. So far, I’ve taken economics and marketing classes, but I’m looking forward to the rest of what I’ll be studying as well. Growing up, I’ve always been involved in business, such as buying and reselling lacrosse equipment, and much more.”

What interested you in working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

“At first it was a family connection to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® that interested me, but during my first year at UNC, I saw a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® booth. I walked up and mentioned my local connection with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® International and how my family has used the service for all the times we’d ever moved. From there, I thought about the summer ahead and began discussing a possible internship. Knowing the history of the company and what it stands for, I couldn’t have looked for a better place to grow as an intern.”

What do you love about your internship?

“The main thing I love about my internship is the sense of family that has been fostered here. I was quite nervous showing up the first day, but I know now that I had no reason to be. Everyone has been so willing to teach me what they do and their mindset behind what they do. I have not just been shown new skills, but also taught how to use them.”

Tell us some interesting things about working at a franchise location for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

“A franchise location has the benefits of feeling like a small business, but has the connections and foundation that Home Office provides. The company’s core values are prevalent, but don’t feel forced whatsoever. Additionally, Franchisees Les and Brooke Wilson also own the Raleigh franchise and two other franchises down in Atlanta. So the work I’ve done has not only created results for Durham, but three other locations as well.”

What are some of the main projects you’re working on?

“I work all over the office. I worked a lot in the marketing department at first, but am primarily involved in operations, and have spent time working for human resources and sales as well. I’ve went to on-site move estimates, helped run booths at events, played in a golf tournament on the franchise’s behalf, and created marketing and social media projects. I have created a manual for the franchise’s tablet program as well. I also do pretty much whatever operations needs of me on a daily basis, and help with customer relations. I’ve worked all around the franchise, which has been part of the fun of it all.”

If you could speak another language, what would it be?

“One language I would want to speak would be something like Latin, because a lot of other languages are rooted in it, which would make learning them easier. It would be interesting to speak a language that few other people in the world speak.”

What’s your favorite activity outside of work?

“My favorite activity outside of work is either exercising or making my own music. I play lacrosse, and do my best to play at least a few times a week. I also lift six times a week, and try to get sprints in multiple times a week as well. I also make my own electronic dance music in my free time.”

What do you recommend to an incoming intern?

“I recommend being open about what you do during your internship. Coming into mine, I made it known I wanted to work in as many areas as I could, and doing so has very much paid off. I’ve received great experience in multiple areas of the franchise, and it has allowed me to further determine what I want to do in the future.”

 

Jack has had a great opportunity experiencing not just one, but several departments within TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®! He’s been a key asset, and we wish him well in his future endeavors!

Looking to move your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Nationwide opportunities are available now at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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SAY HELLO TO HUNTER BLOCK, SECOND YEAR TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® INTERN!

Written by Rachel Christine

With 18 interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office this summer, we were very lucky to have had several interns returning for a second summer, and one of those returning interns is Hunter Block! Hunter is a junior this fall at Cedarville University in Ohio, continuing to study Spanish and global business while developing a better idea of what he wants to pursue as a future career. This year, Hunter got the unique experience of building off of what he worked on last summer. Welcome back, Hunter!

How has your internship this summer been different from what you did last summer?
“I am actually working in the same department as last year, which is the operations department.  A lot of the things I am doing are pretty similar, but I am learning some different sides of the business, which is really interesting. It’s awesome to build on the things I learned last year and become more knowledgeable. This summer, I’ve been designing and drafting a best practices playbook for storage and portable storage. I also worked on the playbook for college storage, and am currently working on writing one tailored toward employee culture and motivation. All of these will be distributed to franchises that want more information in those areas. I’m also completing an analysis of our main competitors in portable storage and containerized moving.”

Being a returning intern to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, what do you recommend to other interns?
“Something I would recommend is trying to get to know the people around you. As somewhat of an introvert, it is something I struggle with a little, but it is definitely worth it. I have met so many amazing people here and formed relationships that will last a lifetime. Everyone at Home Office is so kind and helpful, so don’t be shy to ask questions and get to know people. “

What made you want to return to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?
“I really liked the work environment here. There is never a dull moment, and the office is pretty lively. I have been to other businesses where that just isn’t the case, so it makes TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® a very special place to work. The projects that are given to the interns are almost always important, which gives us really good exposure and experience that interns at other companies may not get.”

What are you hoping to accomplish or learn through your internship this year?
“One thing I am hoping to learn is how the different departments in a business interact with each other. I got a taste of it last year, but it is something that I have been paying more attention to. I think it’s important to know and understand for anyone wanting to work in a company. I have already learned so much, and I’m sure that it will help me in my career someday. “

What’s next for you?
“I am currently going into my junior year at Cedarville University. I have one more class until I finish my Spanish major, and I am starting to take the bulk of my classes for my international business major. I’m just hoping to learn more, travel, and find out what I want to do some day.”

 

We are so glad Hunter spent a second summer interning with us at Home Office. Thanks for your contributions, and for being part of the team!

Are you interested in moving your career forward? Opportunities are available at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations nationwide! Apply online at careers.twomenandatruck.com

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MEET OUR TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® COLUMBUS INTERN, VICTORIA!

Written by Rachel Christine

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offers several young professionals the experience to understand how a business operates through internships at our corporate office and many local franchise locations. Today, we’re introducing Victoria Basinski, who is an intern with the human resources department at the Columbus, Ohio franchise. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Victoria!

Tell me a little about yourself.

“I’m from the Cleveland area and will be a senior this fall at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.  My major is in supply chain management with a minor in communications. I chose my major because I love learning about the different processes that a company goes through in order to get a finished product or service. I recently added a minor in communications because I’ve learned that I love the human resources field as well. With human resources, I feel like I’m making a difference within a company and also for my co-workers. I have especially grown even more passionate about it this summer after working here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. In my free time, I love spending time outside and practicing yoga.”

What interested you about the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® internship program?

“I was very interested in all of the different core values put in place to ensure a successful and pleasant work environment. Once I saw The Grandma Rule®, I knew this was a place I wanted to work for and represent. Another core value is integrity, and our General Manager Steve Barton is the epitome of a man with integrity. He sits down with all of the new hires and talks to them about his real-life experiences in order to help guide them and show them he cares about them and their experience here as a mover. Our franchise is also always giving back to the community. For example, for the month of May we were collecting items for mothers in need through our Movers for Moms® program. Every day I walk into work, I know my coworkers are there to greet me and support me throughout the day.”

What are some of your main focuses during your internship?

“The main focuses of my job are related to hiring and recruiting new employees. I present weekly orientation classes, hold first interviews for perspective hires, and do daily tasks to recruit for our company. These are very crucial tasks that are important for the day-to-day success of our company. My daily tasks of recruiting include processing applications from prospective employees and reaching out to them via phone call in order to set up interviews. I also do recruiting out of the office by advertising different ways that we are hiring.”

What is the most important thing to you that you’ve learned so far through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

“I have learned so many things this summer, but one thing that really stands out to me is that every individual has a story. When you’re working in human resources, you really need to take a step back and listen. I have seen managers stop whatever they were doing to listen to an employee and truly help them in any way they can. It has been so great to work with people that truly care about their employees.”

What do you recommend to an incoming intern?

“For a new intern, I would recommend asking questions and working hard at everything you are doing. It is very important you do your best and also try new things, as getting out of your comfort zone helps you learn.”

What’s next for you after the internship?

“After my internship, I am heading back to school to finish my senior year at Bowling Green State University. For my senior year, I want to continue to work hard and enjoy my last two semesters. I’m involved in quite a bit on campus, including being a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority on campus, and participating in Bikes for Tikes for Children’s Miracle Hospital for two years. I plan to make this my third year of biking 180 miles in three days to support Miracle Children all over the country. This organization is very important to me, and I want to help it succeed in any way that I can. My plans for after graduation include taking the LSAT and preparing for law school.”

 

We are excited to have Victoria helping one of our franchise locations this summer! Her positive attitude and drive to achieve her goals make us a better team. Thanks again for all of your hard work, Victoria!

Don’t forget we have new, nationwide opportunities opening daily! Apply today at careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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BECOME ACQUAINTED WITH OUR NEW INTERN, JACOB FAUSTYN!

Written by Rachel Christine

No two days for the interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office in Lansing, Mich., are the same. Whether they’re starting a new project or taking part in a “lunch and learn” seminar, our company is constantly striving to make them future leaders of the corporate business world. Jacob Faustyn is an intern who has joined us this summer with a desire to work within business management, and we are excited to introduce him!

What’s your major and why did you choose it?

“I am a business management major, attending Hope College in Holland, Mich., where I’ll be a junior this fall. I chose to study business because of the possibilities it gives me. On top of that, business is something that is always growing, which has always intrigued me. I love expanding and evolving my network, working with others, and solving problems that hinder growth. A business degree would put me on a career path that would allow me to do all of those things.”

What’s your main focus in your internship?

“My main focus is to get the feel of the information technology and infrastructure side of a business. With the way technology is expanding in today’s society, being proficient in technology would greatly benefit my future and my future career. I have been interested in technology since a young age, but have hardly scratched the surface. Working with the infrastructure team has allowed me to see a side of business and technology that I have never seen. While my focus lies on helping the team with whatever I can (setting up tablets, reimaging computers, and helping with whatever else possible), I have also focused on learning as much as I can about the field.”

What’s a typical day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for you?

“A typical day puts me at the office at 8 a.m. I log into Outlook, catch up on some emails, and then I get to the task that presents itself for that day. I love working in the infrastructure department, because I am always working on something new. Rarely do I ever work on the same thing over and over, so I am always on my toes and ready for the next challenge. I sit in on meetings and calls with the technology implementation consultant and I get to experience all the work he does for the office.”

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

“If I could travel anywhere, I would probably visit Southern Italy and the Amalfi Coast. I have seen pictures of it, and it looks absolutely beautiful.”

What makes an internship through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® so great?

“Ultimately it is the people here that make the internship so great. From the first day, everyone has been beyond helpful and welcoming. The internship program through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is one of a kind. The program helps us grow and develop skills we wouldn’t otherwise. They give us a chance to see a thriving corporation in action, and that gives us a great perspective of the workforce. From the networking events to the “lunch and learn” meetings, the internship program here is very rewarding.”

Where do you see yourself in five years?

“It’s tough to look five years down the road and tell you exactly what I want to do, but I do know I want to get my MBA following the completion of my undergraduate program. I couldn’t tell you where I want to live or what I want to drive, but I want to enter the business world with enough experience to land myself a career where I can continue to grow. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has given me an amazing experience, and I am forever grateful for that!”

 

We have so many talented interns working throughout the office every day, and it’s great to be a part of a community where so many people desire to keep learning more! We can’t wait to see what the rest of this summer brings!

Interested in working with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Get your application in today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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GETTING CREATIVE WITH IT INTERN ABI THURMAN!

Written by Rachel Christine

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® interns are offered many opportunities throughout the course of our summer internship program. From networking events to “lunch and learn” seminars, our interns experience the ins and outs of the business, and get to learn and gain skills within their chosen fields.

Meet Abi Thurman! Abi is one of our very creative interns here at Home Office in Lansing, Mich., and currently interning within the information technology team helping create graphic designs.

Tell me a little about yourself.

“I’ve been studying graphic design for years and have had a love for art my entire life. In high school, I began spending time at a career center where I did graphic communication for two years. I received an internship doing graphic design for my church, and shadowed under a very talented woman there. I’ve been interning at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for several months now, and it’s been everything I have hoped for and more! I hope to be here past this summer.”

Where are you from?

“I’m from Marshall, Mich., so I drive about an hour to and from work each day.”

What was you dream job growing up?

“When I was younger, I really wanted to be an astronaut. However, when I realized I needed to become more realistic, I dreamt of being a vet. When I learned all of the duties that being a vet entailed, I began getting involved with activities dealing with art. Graphic design was the perfect answer.”

What interested you in TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

“My dad has worked here for some time now, and is always talking about what a great company it is. Plus, the work is right up my alley. For example, I’m currently doing the artwork for a mobile game we are introducing: Mini Movers Who Care. I am also in charge of designing icons and logos for different applications. This summer, I’ve mostly been creating the artwork for Mini Movers Who Care. I have the opportunity to develop the designs and seek input from the management team to verify that they will fit into the game correctly.”

What’s a typical day like for you?

“A typical day consists of me getting into the office at 8 a.m. and reviewing the day’s meetings. I spend the day designing and talking with my coworker who codes the game. We work together to make sure my designs will correlate well. There’s always material to be created, so I’m never running out of things to do throughout the day. My favorite thing about this internship is that I’m able to do what I enjoy here and exercise my creativity in a work environment, all while making a career out of it.”

Some of the work Abi has been working on for the game, Mini Movers Who Care

Where do you see yourself in five years?

“I see myself doing graphic design full-time in five years. I would love to be here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® working my way up in graphic design. I would eventually like to try web design as well. I like how web design is a mix between graphics and coding, and coding is something I’ve always taken interest in. One day, I would love to move across the country and live in Washington. The weather in Washington is great, and makes everything looks so green. I think I could really enjoy myself in Washington, however I need to establish my career first.”

If you could have any job at Home Office, what would it be?

“I wouldn’t want any other job than mine! I’m really enjoying what I’m doing, and learning exactly what I’ve always wanted to. One of the greatest things I’m learning is how to use Adobe software, because it’s going to help me further my career. I’m also learning all the inter-mechanics of different programs we work with, which has taught me so much through this internship as well.”

What’s next for you after this internship?

“While I’m not exactly sure what’s next, I hope to turn this internship into a career. I hope I’m hired into a full-time job here doing graphic design. If not, I hope to find an opportunity as good as this internship has been so far!”

Having creative minds is what keeps our business going. We are so happy to have you, Abi!

Interested in moving your career forward with an internship at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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MEET ISAIAH PETERSEN, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® MARKETING INTERN

Written by Rachel Christine

It’s been great to have so many interns here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® over the past few months. Everyone brings unique and creative ideas to the table, and we’re excited to introduce another team member this summer! Isaiah Petersen is a video intern with the marketing department at our Home Office in Lansing, Mich.

Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Isaiah!

What main projects have you been working on in your internship?

“The really big project I have been working on is an air brake check video. It’s a teaching video explaining how to perform safety checks on truck air brakes. The video is intended to teach new TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® drivers how to properly test the air brakes on the trucks. The steps that go into making this video – or any video – are that we first usually receive a request for the video with either a very specific or very vague topic. Once we get the topic, there needs to be a script. So we create the script, film the video, and then come back together to edit the footage. Once the video is revised, it’s sent out to the appropriate audience, which includes either staying internal for training purposes or possibly being posted to our social media for customers or other franchises.”

What is the greatest thing you have learned through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® this summer?

“A big thing I have been getting better at after starting here is time management.”

What’s a typical day in the office for you?

“A typical day at the office is never the same. We brainstorm video ideas, then we make a script. After the script, we need to film and edit it. I usually work with the video team, which includes the media production coordinator and video and animation specialist

What’s your favorite holiday and why?

“My favorite holiday is Tuesday, September 19, which is international talk like a pirate day. The reason why is because if you go to a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop and talk like a pirate on that day, you can get free doughnuts, with bonus points if you dress up like a pirate (or at least they did last year).”

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

“When I was younger, I really wanted to be a police officer. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, to get to drive around and catch bad guys. Then I found out it involves a lot of paperwork and less exciting tasks like writing parking tickets, and decided to pursue other things.”

What do you recommend to an incoming intern?

“Don’t worry too much – everyone here is super cool and wants to see you succeed.”

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

“In the next two years, I hope to finish up my college education. This fall, I will be a sophomore at Compass College of Cinematic Arts. In the next four to five years, I plan on moving out to either Los Angeles or Atlanta to pursue my filmmaking career. I absolutely love making films and helping out on film sets.”

 

There’s another positive attitude joining the team! Isaiah is constantly helping us improve our company with his innovative ideas. We can’t wait to see what else he completes for the remainder of the summer.

Are you interested in moving your career forward with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Apply online to one of our nationwide locations at careers.twomenandatruck.com.

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WELCOMING RISK MANAGEMENT INTERN, EVAN HARTLE!

Written by Rachel Christine

An internship with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office in Lansing, Mich., allows the young professionals in our program to further their career paths and gain knowledge about the field they’ve chosen to pursue. With 19 interns spending their summer here, there are daily opportunities for the interns to learn and grow. An intern we are pleased to introduce today is Evan Hartle! Evan is interning this summer on the risk management team within the human resources department. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Evan!

What school do you go to and what’s your major?
“I’m going to be a senior at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., in the fall, where I’m studying economics with a minor in business.”

What interested you about the internship program through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?
“My dad and older sister have both been working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for a while now and have had nothing but good things to say about their experiences here. When it was time to start looking for internships last fall, I was excited to put an application in and to see what the company was all about for myself.”

What’s a day like for you in the office?
“I get in to the office around 8 a.m., sit down at my desk, and then hustle to the coffee maker as quickly as I can. From there, it’s a mix of studying up on OSHA requirements, meeting with franchisees to discuss progress on their monthly safety assignments, and trying to wrap my mind around the ins and outs of our captive insurance program. After work, I enjoy working out and listening to music.”

If you could have any job at Home Office for a day, what would it be?
“I think it would be interesting to be CEO for the day. You get a high level perspective on the company and how every component within it is intertwined.”

What’s the greatest thing you’ve learned through your internship so far?
“I’ve learned that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a great place to work. Everyone here is super friendly and driven to help the company become even more successful. I’ve also learned the importance of mitigating risk in any aspect of business.”

What do you recommend to incoming interns?
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. There are a lot of very knowledgeable people working at Home Office that genuinely want to help you do well and grow in your career.”

What’s next for you?
“I’m heading back to Ann Arbor to finish out my senior year and hopefully line up a job for after graduation. I’m really excited to start my career and see what’s next.”

 

Evan has been a wonderful addition to our team this summer and we are grateful for his contribution!. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer has in store!

Interested in moving your career forward with an internship at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®? Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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