About a month ago, E&L Global Communications said goodbye to our winter intern, Katie Kierchoff. If you’ve followed us on any of our social media sites you’ve come to realize how monumental she’s been in our growth and expansion and how difficult it will be for us to replace her! That’s why this month’s blog is going to be a little Q&A session we had with her before she left!
Before we hop into the Q&A, here’s a little background on this #bossbabe. Katie attends Concordia University on an athletic scholarship. She holds two jobs and is a full-time athlete (WOAH!). During her winter break, she didn’t miss a beat and decided to take on an internship with our company as an Operations Manager Intern. She was crucial in that role and even branched out into a leadership position during her short 8-week internship.
Her favorite coffee drink is simple, a vanilla latte and her favorite food is, of course, TACOS! Chicken with some avocado to be exact. Katie is always 100% herself. She describes herself as really outgoing and not shy at all.Long-term, her goal is to travel around the world, touching base in every continent, even Antarctica. So far she’s been to Mexico, Canada, and just recently went to Niagara Falls. Over the summer she’s going to Austria, then she is traveling to Berlin an Prague for lacrosse where she is going to compete in the Prague cup. It’s not the main national team but it is a smaller national team and she’s PUMPED!
Okay, so now that you know how crazy awesome she is, here’s our interview with Katie Kiechoff, E&L Global Communications winter Operations Management Intern.
What do you study? I’m a Junior in College Concordia University and studying Marketing. I’m looking to move into Digital Media marketing in the future
What were you looking for in an internship? I was really just looking for experience in any business. I wanted to understand how to work in an office more than just grabbing coffee and filing papers or answering the phones. I really wanted to apply the strategies I’m learning in school.
Where have you been able to apply those strategies most? While working in operations where I worked with the software, made sure the equipment ran properly, and everything connected between the customers and the representatives. I took on a leadership role in the operations end quickly where I became not just an intern but was responsible for high end answers. I’ve had a lot of experience in a leadership realm in sports but this was really me taking on a leadership level in the office where it was high stakes; money on the line and customers/client relations were involved.
What sports do you play? I play Lacrosse at Concordia and am actually the team captain. I also teach private lessons and coach lacrosse. At Concordia, I participate in Athletes in Action, which is a community group within the campus for your sport. Each team has 1 representative and that rep runs meeting for the team and then that rep takes that information to the team. It’s more for comraderies and facetime than logistics
What did you like most about working at E&L Global Communications? I loved the friendly environment and positive environment. Even if you make a mistake they won’t shove your face in it. They are going to show you how to do better and then when you do well or just even okay they give you constant positive reinforcement that it makes you want to do more and do better. You become invested in their happiness because it’s so genuine.
What did you like least? (laughs) “Oh man, that’s a hard question. This isn’t really in their control but getting up super early because the office is about an hour away with traffic.”
What would you recommend to anyone who works at E&L Global Commuications or to any future interns? Don’t be afraid to take on a leadership role. During my first week I was nervous to take on a leadership role because I was super new with the company and I was afraid to step on anyone’s toes because they were there longer than me. I eventually branched out because I realized that for me to effectively do what I needed to do in the operations role I needed to have confidence and needed to act as if I have power in the room because that’s how I was going to demand respect and get my job done.
So there you have it, folks! What’s the secret sauce to being an awesome intern at E&L Global Communications? Be yourself and don’t be afraid to shine bright! Send your resumes to email@example.com for consideration!
An internship at E&L Global Communications is unlike many others. There’s no coffee fetching for the whole office, no grunt work or meaningless tasks, and no cloak of invisibility because you’re not a full-time employee. In fact, a summer marketing & sales internship at E&L Global Communications is synonymous to having the same roles, responsibilities, and pay as a permanent team member. Why? Because we believe the best way to prepare Michigan’s finest collegiates for life after graduation is by immersing them into a world where they’ve ACTUALLY already walked the stage and work full-time. Nick Poplars, upcoming Junior at Western Michigan University got to experience that world this summer after accepting an internship at E&L Global Communications; an internship he excelled at in every way possible.
Born in Detroit and raised in Troy, Nick is as athletic, competitive, and good-natured as they come. A product of a big, Italian family, Nick recalls his best memories as a kid around a table accompanied by food. Even to this day, Nick, his parents, and younger brother still sit down every Sunday and spend quality time together over dinner.
Always outside and active, Nick remembers playing every sport possible, from wrestling to baseball, football to basketball, and his favorite, hockey! Still, to this day he laces up his skates and hits the ice, a past time that helps him exercise his competitive and team-oriented side!
When it came time to choose a college, Nick followed in his father’s footsteps and selected WMU (Go, Broncos!), immediately falling in love with the city of Kalamazoo and the campus. Selecting marketing & sales as his major, Nick knew he had found a potential career path that would allow him to compete, challenge himself daily, and be in control of his income. When his sophomore year came around, he realized it was time to translate his classroom experience into the work force and immediately set out to find a summer internship that would most apply to his major.
Stumbling upon E&L Global Communications online, Nick came in for a first interview and was blown away by how warm and welcoming everyone was. After being offered an internship opportunity, he accepted with an open mind and eagerness to learn. What the internship did for him and offered to him over the next 3 months, though, surpassed every expectation Nick ever had.
When asked what area he grew the most in, Nick answered that his “communication skills had greatly improved” and his confidence in talking to new customers from May to August was vastly different. He recalls great memories formed from weekly team nights, and the best experience of them all, a company sponsored trip to Los Angeles.
A direct quote from the Founder & President, Meshak Faton about Nick states that “…he has been the best sales and marketing intern we’ve ever had. He was promoted into a Lead Client Management position within his first month and spent the remaining 2 months helping talent scout, traveling to California for training, and representing our team among 4 others during a big transition to a new client! He was a difference maker in our company this summer.”
When he wasn’t working hard this summer, you could find Nick up North on the lake jet skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, working out, watching Game of Thrones or spending time with his significant other and work colleagues. Returning back to WMU a more self-assured marketing & sales professional, Nick is eager to implent all he learned this summer at school and with his peers.
Nick, we hope in writing this blog that you know how valued and appreciated you are at E&L Global Communications. We are dreading your last day in 2 weeks, but know that the lessons you learned here have prepared you greatly for your last years at school. Thank you for being such a reliable and ambitious force to work with. We wish you all of the best of luck back at school. Go get, em!
Internships have become an integral part of the college experience, spanning the length of most students junior and senior years! In an effort to broaden classroom teachings into the business world, it is encouraged to accept roles in industries both within your major and without. Following the guidance of his school, Oakland University, Ryan Smith began exploring opportunities and was immediately attracted to E&L Global Communication’s Human Resources internship! Despite his major in communications, Ryan knew 4 months immersed in HR would be sure to prepare him for graduation. What better way to improve his people skills and confidence in communications than to represent employees in the workplace?
Fast forward through his interview process (obviously he aced it!), and Ryan was offered an internship back in August that would come to shape him professionally in more ways than one! As his time in the office comes to an end, we’ve asked him to reflect on his 4 months with us and share what truly differentiates E&L’s HR role from being another coffee fetching, errand running internship!
It’s been a full and fulfilling 2 months interning with E&L Global Communications and as sad as I am to leave, I walk away knowing that the growth I have seen in myself is tremendous! Though never shy or lacking confidence, I can undoubtedly say that I walk and speak more sure of myself than ever. As I approach my final year at Central Michigan majoring in Fashion Design, I know that I am more qualified than ever to find my dream career out of school.
I was asked by the E&L Global Communications Management Team to write a short summary of things I loved about my internship, something that could have been improved and what I recommend for the company…so here we go!!
Wow, I truly don’t even know where to start!
Management genuinely cared about me and my well-being (in and outside of the work place.) They gave me personalized one-on- one coaching catering to my goals and how I personally learn best.
COMPANY CULTURE!! When you’re surrounded by great people with the sameprofessional goals and mindset as you, what more could you want? I’ve truly metsome of the greatest people in my time here that I will always remember.
Team nights!!! Once a week we would head out after work to catch happy hour or play sand volleyball and the bonds I was able to form outside of work were even stronger than inside the office!
Management is always setting goals, which means CONSTANT growth and CONSTANT motivation to succeed. Such an amazing atmosphere to be apart of.
Part of me wants to say that I wish the internship were paid, but the other half of me says no. Yes absolutely, having a paid internship would have been great, but I do think that having an unpaid internship really weeds out who is there solely for a paycheck, versus who is there to genuinely learn, succeed, and see results in their work. So for me, I did not mind that the internship was unpaid, but I think maybe more applicants would consider short term and long term employment in the future if it were a paid opportunity.
Advice to Management:
Keep up the motivating and inspiring atmosphere of the office. That kind of energy is contagious and can motivate people to do things they never thought they could – because that’s what it did for me.