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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s 2016 Summer Intern Program Comes to a Close

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Written by Corinne DeVries

The experience

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and here we are again with another summer at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® coming to a close. Over the past three months, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office welcomed 20 summer interns and provided them the opportunity to learn about the company, industry, and professional working world in general. While most of our interns this year were first-timers, I had the amazing opportunity to intern here not only this summer, but last summer as well. Looking back at how much I have learned and grown as a person, as well as all of the friends I have made, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Before starting at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® I was a very quiet person but last summer I interned in the marketing department, where being quiet isn’t really an option. I had the opportunity to do grassroots marketing with a fellow intern where I became comfortable introducing myself to strangers and promoting a company I just started working at! This summer I interned in the human resources department and was still surprising myself with the things I am capable of doing. It’s clear TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® not only pushes to exceed customers’ expectations but they push their employees to be the best they can be, even if the employee doesn’t know what their best is yet.

corinne1Big take-aways

Always growing, always learning, and always pushing people forward. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® continuously surprises me, or I guess I should say it pushes me to keep surprising myself. It has been amazing to return this summer and see how much the company has grown just in the nine months I was gone. Not only has the company grown and welcomed new employees, it has also implemented many new programs and projects! One of my biggest take-aways from my two summers here is you have to be willing to challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone if you really want to learn, grow, and move forward.  As Brig Sorber, one of the original Two Men, would say, “You have to get comfortable being uncomfortable!”

Thoughts from my intern friends

One thing all the interns agree on about interning at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is we felt important here.

“I had no idea what to expect when I first came to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for my internship. It turned out to be such a great experience,” said HR Systems and Projects Intern Hannah Romain “I feel like I was treated as more of an employee than ‘just an intern’. Unlike many college students who find themselves making coffee runs and organizing files during their internships, I really feel like I contributed something of significance to the company during my time here. The people at Home Office are so friendly and approachable and really helped me learn and grow. I’m so thankful for my experience as an intern at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® this summer.”

On the very first day we are assigned with important tasks and projects. This can be a little intimidating, but everyone around TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is so friendly and willing to help that you can ask almost anyone for support if you are confused or just need an extra hand with a project. One of the many tasks that made me feel like I was making a difference was when the Lansing HR intern and I were assigned to assist in conducting interviews for potential new hires.

For Charles Staky, one of five marketing interns, one of his greatest memories was working directly with a franchise marketer. “My supervisor had a lot on her plate that week and received an email asking to look into a radio advertisement buy to determine who it would affect,” said Charles “She gave me the task of splitting up the cost for each franchise who would be involved and relaying the information to the marketer. This was awesome because I had not dealt with anything franchise- facing all summer and I felt accomplished knowing she trusted my abilities enough to let me take the task on by myself.”

interns_16Due to the fact our supervisors entrusted us with so much, most of us walk away from our internships at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® feeling similar to Stephen Jacobson, who was the business intelligence accounting support intern. “I learned many essential skills that are applicable to my fields,” he said.

Along with learning so much about our own departments and fields, the interns had lunch and learn meetings weekly with different Home Office departments.  Subject matter experts presented to the interns the function of that particular department, how they support the company, and how they are connected and work with other departments. This really put a lot of perspective into how the projects we worked on as interns affected the company as a whole, and added to how we were making an impact on the company. I think I can speak for all the interns when I say, we are all so thankful for the awesome opportunity to be a part of such a motivated company. Thank you to every single person at Home Office and the Lansing franchise for making this summer such a wonderful learning experience.

Looking for a new career path? Learn about the great opportunities at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® first-hand. We’re looking for great individuals with experience in the fields of general labor, customer service, marketing, and more! 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 Avery Bachelor and Charles Staky!

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Written by Katie Peterson

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

Avery Batchelor

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

Tell me a little about yourself

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s something you want to be known for?

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

Tell me a little about yourself

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

How did you learn about this internship?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Written by Katie Peterson  

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

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

Tell me a little about yourself.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s something you want to be known for?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Written by Katie Peterson

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

Liz Hosking

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

Tell me a little bit about yourself

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

What does a typical day here look like for you?

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

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

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

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

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

What do you still hope to accomplish this summer?

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

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

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

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

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


 

Hannah Romain

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

Tell me a little about yourself

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

What does a typical day here look like for you?

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

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

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

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

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

What do you still hope to accomplish this summer?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® … Full of Interns! Meet Gracie Wolfman and Katie Peterson

It’s hard to believe the summer is more than half-way over! The summer interns at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®‘s Home Office have been working hard on their projects and preparing to wrap up their experiences in their final presentations. This talented group of students have been immersed in their respective departments from operations to HR, and still have a lot to learn in their remaining time here. Gracie Wolfman and Katie Peterson are two interns working in the marketing department. Let’s meet them!Gracie and Katie with puppies

Gracie Wolfman

This coming fall, Gracie will be a senior at Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. She is majoring in business with a concentration in marketing, and has played lacrosse for Catawba for three years. Gracie is originally from Texas, but lives in North Carolina while attending school. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Gracie!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Gracie picI like to play lacrosse and hang out with my nieces and nephew. I love the beach and anything to do with water. When I’m on the water I love to go boating with my family and hang out in warm places; being from Texas I’m used to warm weather.

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

I wanted to be an ambulance driver. I always thought they were cool and I was always curious to know who they had inside and where they were going when I saw one.

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

I write headline stories and communication plans for the company intranet system, The Hub, and take part in different meetings the marketing team has, so I can learn as much as possible about what they do. I also talk to franchisees and team members in the franchise system to gather quotes and information for The Hub. I work on events and campaigns, too. There are a lot of different things involved in my job on a daily basis.

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

Everyone I work with is really nice and enjoyable to talk to. My manager Hannah is very helpful and has taught me a lot so far. There are many parts to my job and she is always willing to help me when I have questions. It’s always fun in the office, too; everyone likes to have a good time while they work.

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

I think the specific position I have is a challenge because it’s a lot of writing, which is not one of my strong suits. Editing and writing are huge parts of my job, so that’s a challenge that is helping me improve overall. There are a lot of things I needed to know as background information before I started, too, but after I understood more about the way TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® operates, it was a lot easier.

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

Probably one of our franchise marketing specialists’ jobs, just because you get to visit different franchises and help them and their marketer become successful with what they are trying to accomplish. It’s very hands on.


 

Katie Peterson

This fall Katie will be a junior at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. She is studying organizational communication with a minor in studio art. Katie is working at Home Office this summer alongside four other interns in the marketing department. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Katie!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Katie picI have two sisters, my twin and my little sister. I enjoy playing volleyball and drawing, although when I don’t have time to do either of those things, or I’m feeling lazy, I watch Netflix. I just recently started watching the TV show, The Office. During the summer I love going to my parents’ cottage in Farwell, Mich., for bonfires and boating on the lake.

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

Honestly, I never had a “dream job”. I always thought I would just figure it out when I got older. The only thing I knew was I wanted to wear a pantsuit.

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

I usually have a meeting or two throughout the day. Between those I work on writing blogs and content for social media, whether it’s for the corporate page or for franchises. Depending on the week, my other tasks vary a lot. Right now we are running a social media contest so I help my manager monitor and promote it to our audiences. I also interview people to feature in our internal monthly newsletter called Home Office Happenings as well as my blog articles. It really depends, but it’s always something different and exciting.

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

I love the atmosphere and the attitude of the team members. People have so many opportunities to further their careers here, and I think because of that employees really take pride in their jobs and what they do every day for the company. I also love how willing our managers are to give us important projects and assignments, I don’t think many employers would assign some of the projects I work on to an intern.

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

The most challenging part I think has been taking on the personality and voice of the company in my content and writing. I am so used to using social media and writing for school with my own voice behind it, but writing on behalf of a company is a whole different task.

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

I would love to have our graphic designer Kristen’s job. She gets to be creative all day long and she works on some pretty great projects for the system (although I would also have to get her Photoshop skills along with the job for that to work).

Both Katie and Gracie have positively contributed to the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand and culture with their hard work and creativity. We love having you two here, and can’t wait to see more great things from you!

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 Tristan Bolas and Mickey Davis!

Mickey and Tristan

Written by Katie Peterson

This summer TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office is hosting 20 interns from various colleges and universities. These interns are learning all they can about their respective departments and the moving business, in addition to utilizing their skills to help us Move People Forward®. Mickey Davis and Tristan Bolas are two interns who are working in a very unique capacity – supporting both Home Office and implementing best practices at the Lansing, Mich., franchise. Let’s meet these two!

Tristan will be a junior this fall at Elmhurst College in the Chicago area studying business administration. He is working in the operations department at Home Office and helping out with the training and coordination of frontline movers and drivers at the Lansing franchise. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Tristan!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Tristan picI have two older siblings, a brother and a sister. I really enjoy hanging out with my friends and golfing when the weather is nice. I like pretty much any kind of music, and I enjoy playing music on my guitar. I love food, too! It’s hard to pick a favorite food but I really like sushi and Panda Express (especially their orange chicken).

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

I wanted to be a veterinarian because I grew up on a horse farm and there were vets at our house a lot. I thought it would be a cool job to work with horses every day.

What would be your dream job?

It sounds cliché but I eventually want to own my own business, maybe even open a franchise at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

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

I would say the people and the environment. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. I also think it’s awesome to see people move up in the business and hear employee success stories.

What is it like seeing the movers in action?

I was a mover in 2014, so it’s interesting to see the other side of the business and how much actually goes into it. I see what the managers go through and I have more appreciation for them than I did as a mover.

What is something you would like to be known for?

I want to be someone who can be trusted and depended on for things to be done the right way. I think it’s important for people to know I can do the job right.

With his experience as a mover and passion for the company, Tristan is a great addition to our team for the summer. We look forward to hearing more of the great things he will accomplish!


Mickey is heading into her junior year at Michigan State University with a double-major in psychology and human capital and a minor in leadership organizations. She is working in the human resources department at Home Office and the Lansing franchise this summer. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Mickey!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Michelle picMy family is really important to me, part of which is my little brother, Sam, who was adopted from Korea. I work a lot, as I have a job at the MSU museum and I work as a crisis counselor in addition to this internship. I like to read when I have free time, mostly mystery and case solving books. Also, I played guitar for 10 years until I graduated high school.

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

I wanted to be a ballerina. I went to one class at the YMCA and I was messing around on the bars in the studio and I got yelled at by the teacher. I never went back after that.

What would be your dream job?

To do research in industrial and organizational psychology. I want to work with the diversity and hiring practices of different companies. I think this opportunity at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is a great stepping block for me in order to get to the place I want to be.

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

I like the environment and the people; you can tell the employees all live by their core values in every part of the business. I think this is such an important part of business.

What is it like seeing movers in action?

I like being involved in the front line of the business. I’m working on a really fun employee development project right now where I’m creating additional ideas to motivate movers as we care about them and want to be supportive as they grow and move up within the system. It’s such an interesting project to see how everything works and the steps the movers and drivers go through.

How does this experience change how you view the moving industry and/or TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

I never really thought about moving as a business before. Now I know how stressful moving is and how much is really involved in the business, especially because I work at the Lansing franchise and see the work that makes the business what it is.

What is something you would like to be known for?

I want to be known for helping people in their jobs to be and do their best, and also just helping them to be happy in general.

Mickey’s positive personality and passion for helping people has been very beneficial to the Lansing franchise and the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family. We look forward to seeing her continue the great work this summer!

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 Rachel Pasch and Monica DeVries

  Written by Katie Peterson

Monica and Rachel pic+Each summer the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® corporate office hosts an internship program in which students are offered the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of our company with specially designed project plans and assignments. Interns have the chance to work in various departments from marketing to IT, and many in between. This summer at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, interns Monica DeVries and Rachel Pasch are sharing more than the names of your favorite Friends characters; these two are taking on the accounting department here at Home Office! Let’s meet them!

Rachel will be a senior this year at Olivet Nazarene University with a major in accounting and a minor in non-profit management. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Rachel!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Rachel picI like running and am actually training for my second marathon right now. My first was the Chicago Marathon and I ran with a group of people from my school called World Vision that helps communities in Africa gain access to clean drinking water. I also have a younger brother who is going to school to be an airspace engineer.

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

I wanted to be an art teacher for a while, and then I realized you had to know how to do more than color and paper mache. Then when I was in middle school I wanted to be an administrative assistant because I thought that sounded fun.

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

I love how friendly everyone is. All the people I’ve met here are natural-born teachers and are so willing to take time from their work to help me learn. It seems like everyone genuinely wants to help you if you need it.

Is this your first internship?

I used to work at a non-profit called Hope Center. This is a food pantry and one-stop shop for many human services to aid individuals and families who need it most.

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

It’s a challenge balancing a 40 hour work week and taking a class, all while maintaining a social life. I think working out a balance with everything is probably the most difficult so far.

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

We usually spend the first two hours of the day checking email and responding to changes in audits, system orders, and franchise financial reviews. We also respond to incoming franchise requests. They give us a lot of work to do, and there is always work that needs to be done.

Thanks for everything you are doing for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Rachel! Your hard work-ethic and support of our core mission of giving back are great assets to our company,


Monica DeVries

Monica is heading into her junior year this fall at Michigan State University with a major in accounting and a minor in economics. Welcome to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Monica!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Monica picI like spending time with my friends and family, especially hanging out on our family’s boat. I am in a sorority, and my friends and I go to many different events for charity, or other fun outings such as apple picking or the zoo. I really enjoy traveling, too. My senior year of high school I went to Peru with my Spanish class and we visited Lima, Lake Titicaca, the floating islands, and a ton of other great places there. I also enjoy dominating people in euchre.

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

My mom tells me that when I was about two-years-old I wanted to be a mailbox, a flag, and a tree. But after I grew out of that I wanted to work with animals and become a vet or park ranger. Then in high school I wanted to join the Peace Corps.

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

I like that I sit in the middle of my department and all of my supervisors sit around me so if I ever have a question I am surrounded by people who can help me in no time.

What’s something you want to be known for?

I want to be known for being a really positive person.

What do you think will be your biggest challenge while working here?

I think juggling my internship, school (I’m taking 10 credits), and my social life. I think this is a common challenge for many of the interns this summer.

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

Each week Rachel and I alternate between auditing and accounting. We assess franchises and put all their information together in files. We also do financial reviews and respond to incoming requests from franchises. All the work we do is important for the company, and it makes it fun for us.

We are looking forward to all the great ways you will contribute to our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® family this summer, Monica!

Interested in moving your career forward? Summer internship opportunities are available at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations nationwide. Apply online today at careers.twomenandatruck.com!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® … Full of Interns! Meet Tyler Trierweiler and Tony DiCicco!

Written by Katie Peterson

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Home Office this summer, 19 interns have joined us to complete designated projects and learn all they can about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. While most interns complete an internship one summer during their collegiate studies, a few of our interns have the chance to come back for a second summer to gain even more experience. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s internship program is just one of the ways We Move People Forward®, for careers as well as our customers. Let’s meet two of our returning interns, Tony and Tyler!

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Tony is going into his fifth year at Michigan Technological University in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula studying computer networking and system administration. Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® he is working in the IT department doing desktop support for his second summer. Welcome back, Tony!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Tony picI enjoy hanging out with friends and going to movies. I could watch pretty much any kind of movie – except for the occasional romantic comedy, since you can usually predict what happens. My favorite food is seafood or any kind of stir fry. I have one older sister and we are pretty close; my family usually has dinner together on Sundays.

What was your biggest take away from your internship last year?

This place always challenges you; you are never just sitting around. No matter what you’re doing, there is always something new to learn. Even though I have the same position as I did last year, I am learning something every day.

What was it about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® that made you want to come back?

The culture here was so friendly and open and the people are very genuine, it made me want to come back this summer.

What advice would you give the new interns?

Get to know everyone. It helps you become more involved with the company and makes it easier to help people when they need it. Especially in my position with IT support, it helps to know who you are assisting.

What was your favorite memory from last year?

I would say the intern baseball outing. It was fun to hang out with all the interns at the same time because we are usually split up into our separate departments.

Tony will be an excellent fit into our culture once again this summer thanks to his knowledge of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and his willingness to take on new challenges!


 

Tyler Trierweiler

Tyler will be a junior at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., this coming fall, where he is majoring in marketing and logistics. Last summer he worked for us in the operations department, and this summer he is working in logistics. Welcome back, Tyler!

Tell me a little about yourself.

Tyler picI’m a really big people person. I like hanging out with my friends and family. We are all really into sports. My parents and I like to go golfing together and I enjoy watching my little sister play high school softball. I’m passionate about finding new adventures and trying new things with a good attitude about life.

What was your biggest take away from your internship last year?

Learning what an office job is and the connections you build with your coworkers. Coming back this year I am looking forward to continuing to build those connections.

Are there any parts about being a returning intern that have given you a unique perspective?

It has actually been really cool to see the Value Flex long-distance moving service progress from last summer when it was in its early stages to its launch this summer. I have loved being involved with that process.

What made you want to come back for another summer?

It is a great program. You build connections everywhere, even outside Home Office. They make you feel like an actual employee and the experiences have been a great start to my career. I am also looking forward to learning more of the ins and outs of the company.

What advice would you give the new interns?

I would say make the most out of your internship, and go out and meet new people instead of sitting at your desk. Don’t be afraid of asking for help and trying new things.

What was your favorite memory from last year?

Going to South Bend, Ind., on a franchise start-up trip was a lot of fun. It was a long day, but it ended up being really fun. All the interns were great last year too, we got pretty close.

Tyler’s experience with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and its people makes him the perfect addition to the logistics department and the 2016 intern group. We can’t wait to see the great things you do this summer, Tyler!

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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