Published on Friday, May 26, 2017
Hi, I’m Marissa, the summer marketing intern at Beck’s. I guess you could call me the “black sheep” of this year’s intern class. Growing up in Fort Wayne, IN, I lived in a suburban neighborhood the majority of life. My mom worked in the healthcare field and my dad owned his own business. I never participated in any 4-H activities and honestly, I didn’t even know what FFA was until my senior year of high school. Cream and crimson runs through my blood (there’s a lot of black and gold alumni) and I can vividly remember growing up wearing my IU cheerleading uniform and rooting for Indiana basketball. I received my acceptance letter to IU in the fall of my senior year to pursue a degree in business and I never looked back. So, you may be wondering how in the world a Hoosier loving, city girl ended up at Beck’s Hybrids. Well, here is why.
The Opportunity to Learn:
It’s a no brainer that most college students look at an internship as a chance to gain real world experience in their pursuit of a career. In my case, I wanted a challenge. I wanted to learn about a whole new industry while getting to experience new practices in marketing. When you are part of a company that grows their sales 20 percent in a year, there is a ton of room for innovation and opportunity. I knew that Beck’s would be open to new ideas and be on the cutting edge of marketing techniques. As an intern at Beck’s, you’re not just grabbing coffee. Wrapping up my first week, I have already been able to create marketing content that has been published online. You are truly involved in the whole process, from start to finish, when you intern at Beck’s.
When discussing internship interviews with my professor, he advised me to take note of a company’s culture. He said that a company’s values separate a good job from a great job. When I interviewed at Beck’s, their company culture was transparent. They do not hold back when discussing their faith and their history. Sonny Beck’s quote has stood with me through our week-long intern process. His famous statement “Big enough to get the job done, yet small enough to do it right” truly resonates with the whole company. Not every intern, or even employee, can say that they were able to look their CEO in the eye and shake their hand. Here, everyone is treated like family, and that was exactly what I was looking for this summer.
Beck's has provided housing for us this summer and these are my rommates. Victoria Chambers is working in education and Audrey Luse is working in production.
I knew from the moment I interviewed with Beck’s marketing department that it was where I wanted to intern. It is truly inspiring how supportive and welcoming the whole family of employees are. Everyone is interested and wants to learn more about you as an individual. They also go above and beyond in supporting your growth and knowledge. They are more than willing to give constructive criticism, answer questions, and also give you career advice. The employees at Beck’s also know how to have fun. During my first week I have already celebrated birthdays with cupcakes, had my phone hijacked with selfies, and have been given endless nicknames. I don’t think there is ever a dull moment here.
As the summer rolls on, I’m excited for the opportunity to work and learn at Beck’s. It’s a great company with a great atmosphere, and most importantly, great people.
Author: Marissa Melchi
Categories: Intern Avenue
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