Katie Kierchoff- the intern we’ll never be able to replace!

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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 for consideration!



An Internship Story: Congratulations, Ryan!

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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!

Ok, Ryan, how did you come to hear about this internship?!

I saw the job ad on LinkedIn when browsing for HR internships in the area. It immediately caught my attention and once I went and checked out the website and social media pages I knew I had to apply.


Out of all of your interviews, what made you accept this opportunity? 


I really enjoyed the culture and atmosphere E&L Global Communications had to offer. From the moment I walked in the lobby, all the way through my interview with Suzanne, I knew that this was the place for me. They made me feel very welcomed and seemed to value the talents that I could help bring to the company. During my interview it was also discussed that the internship was based a lot on the individual and they were very open to giving experience in many different areas, which was very important to me.


What is the biggest lesson you’re taking away from this experience?


The biggest lesson I have learned from this experience is to take initiative. Things aren’t going to happen by just sitting around. You have to be proactive about your work by asking questions and doing your own research. You determine your own path!


How have you developed into a better professional and communicator?


I feel like I have developed a lot as a professional since starting my internship. I want to thank Suzanne and Meshak for taking me under their wing and being mentors throughout the whole process. They have both taught me to take accountability for my work, leadership, and goal setting. All of these skills will be very important when making the transition from student to professional.


What are your plans for after this internship?


I plan to finish up school strong and graduate in April! After graduation I am still deciding if I want to go and get my Master’s.


Lastly, Ryan, what was your favorite moment from this semester?


I would definitely have to say the career fair! I was given the opportunity to plan an entire campus and career fair visit from start to finish and really took a lot of pride and ownerhsip in how it turned out. It was a blast and nice to see all the hard work turn into such a success! I’m glad I could go out and help represent such a great company. It was a great cherry on top of an already successful semester.


Though we write with heavy hearts knowing Ryan’s internship has ended, we’re so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such an ambitious and respectful young man. Ryan is the ideal addition to any growing company, and contributed to our firm’s culture with his positivity and work ethic. Embodying his favorite quote the entire semester, “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” we are so confident in the accomplishments he is sure to have after graduation. E&L Global Communications thanks you for everything, Ryan!

Saying Farewell: Hannah’s Review of Interning with E&L Global Communications

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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.


Hannah Wickman