The Intern Experience

Rebecca Wheeler

 

  1. What was the most memorable part of your internship?

    It wasn’t a specific moment, but the most memorable part was how well I was treated. I was given responsibility, respect, and treated like a real employee because I was doing real work. You don’t find that at a lot of internships.  

  2. What was your favorite project or biggest accomplishment?

    Unlike most interns, I only worked on one large project; it was my baby. I was tasked with finding a vendor to refinish floors in a project area. I was able to find a competitive company who could refinish the floors with custom colors. I knew there would be customer tours and trainings in the area, so I got them painted JM blue. I loved how it combined the business side of marketing and branding with the technical side. I was given a lot of freedom on the project, which gave me the opportunity to go the extra mile and do something personal.  It’s really cool to see the implementation of my work and know that I was responsible for making it happen.  

  3. What is the biggest takeaway from your internship?

    As I progressed through the internship, there are 3 C’s that I went by: curiosity, communication, and confidence. These C’s proved very helpful during my internship and into my career.  

  4. After your internship, why did you want to return for a full-time position? 

    There were several reasons that I wanted to start my career here. First, I liked what I was doing, from the combination of business and technical skills, to interacting with contractors and having high levels of responsibility. Second, I wanted to return for the people. JM is abnormal because people have careers here. It’s normal to see people here 10, 20, 30 years, and having that family atmosphere and knowledge surrounding me was definitely enticing.  

  5. How would you describe JM’s culture?

    Most sectors hold to JM’s 4 core values well: People, Passion, Perform, Protect. When I talk to the people who have been here a long time, they consider it a family. That family environment is so important to me because of the amount of time spent here, or at any job you have.  

  6. What advice do you have for future interns?

    My favorite piece of advice comes from Warren Buffet, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. “No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can't produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”

  7. Anything you want to add?

    As you can tell, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my experience here so far. I would like to draw some attention to the fact that JM is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. I didn’t really understand what that meant when I first started, but it’s really quite incredible. We have job security, stability, and history, which is something you won’t easily find, especially when you’re looking for your first full-time opportunity.

 

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