AUTHOR:
Reynolds Careers

DATE:
January 13, 2021

CATEGORIES:
Company Culture,
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
2 minutes

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New Year, New Internship

AUTHOR:
Reynolds Careers

DATE:
January 13, 2021

CATEGORIES:
Company Culture,
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
2 minutes

This article was written by Jennifer Wollersheim, a corporate recruiter for Reynolds and Reynolds.

At the start of the new year, college students begin their internship search for the coming summer. I remember my search: while I was on a study abroad trip in January 2013, I received an email from Reynolds inviting me to interview for a recruiting internship at the office in College Station, Texas. Once I returned, I had a series of interviews with supervisors in the department and met the team; then I was offered the position.

I started my internship in April and worked throughout the summer until I graduated in August. I moved from an intern to a full time role as a recruiting coordinator right away. I didn’t even interview at any other companies after I graduated because I meshed so well with my team.

I loved my internship at Reynolds because I wasn’t treated like an intern. I was just part of the team from day one. I was told what my job was, what was expected of me, and I was able to contribute in a meaningful way. It was because of this that I knew within a month or two of starting that I was going to stay full time. It felt like home.

My favorite part of my Reynolds internship was the structure. I am a veteran and the management structure is very similar to the military; everything is clear cut and there are usually no surprises. I knew what I was going to be doing every day, which worked well for me. I found the open door policy great as well. If I ever had any problems or issues, I knew I could go to my supervisor, but I could always ask another supervisor in the department and get the same answers. Everything was consistent.

Consistency is something I found very attractive about Reynolds. Being in the military, there could sometimes be no telling when I would be deployed. Sometimes I had warning to be prepared and sometimes I didn’t. At Reynolds, everything is structured and I always knew what was going to happen.

My advice to students who intern is to chase the comfort feeling, soft skills, and professionalism you will gain in an internship. Don’t chase the monetary things. You’ll be better off in the end. Reynolds is a place you will come out of feeling well-prepared for corporate America. Or you will stay forever like me!


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