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.