During the summer of 2019, I spent my time as a full-time sales intern at GMS, but didn’t want my relationship to end with them just yet. The end of the summer was when I finally felt I had the hang of everything I had learned and I wanted to continue putting myself to use.
I was lucky enough to go into my senior year at Kent State University with a flexible schedule allowing me to keep an internship while remaining a student. Thankfully, GMS gave me the opportunity to do this internship one-to-two days a week. This time around, I was able to work as the marketing intern under the Marketing Coordinator, Matt Schoolcraft.
Entering through the glass doors of a corporate building, I expected nothing less than a dull monotony. However, I discovered upon closer inspection that instead of a boring office building, I had entered a comfortable, healthy, work environment. Rather than simply shadowing my dad on “take your kid to work day,” I took this as an opportunity to interview the employees of GMS on their thoughts about their work environment.
The response I received was overwhelmingly positive. One might expect Mike Kahoe, president of GMS, to speak highly of the company, calling it a “friendly, cheerful environment.” But what one might not always expect is for the rest of GMS to speak of it just as highly.
I spent this summer working at Group Management Services as their marketing intern, and I can surely say this experience has exceeded all my expectations. As I wrap up my 11-week program at GMS, the feelings have grown from scared and nervous to bittersweet and confident. Even though this is my last week at GMS, I know I am going back to school with more knowledge and new relationships because of the people and resources at GMS.
I say “started from the bottom now we’re here” because coming in as a 19-year-old intern, I was anxious about how I would adapt to the professional world. I questioned if my manager would be able to trust me to get my work done – and I even thought I may not fit in – but I learned quickly that I am not alone in this process and GMS wants to do everything to make you successful in your career.
I could write a whole book on everything I did this summer, but I will leave you with the biggest takeaways I have learned in my time at GMS.
You might debate between internship opportunities. There’s a chance that you’re intimidated to even apply for an internship. You most likely feel scared to start this kind of experience. These are all feelings I felt going through this process, along with many more. Just go for it! Take this opportunity and run, you will grow in many ways.
This time last year, I would never dream that I would have an internship my first summer out of college. I barely knew what the purpose of an internship was. Of course, I saw interns in movies running around getting coffee and such, but I never really thought of it as much more than that.
My experience as an intern at GMS has been nothing short of amazing. In the three months that I’ve been here, I have had times of information overload—in a good way—and times of building relationships. When I talk to my friends about their internship experiences and they begin to explain the tasks they have to complete, I often hear “I just sit at a computer all day and do boring stuff” or “I actually grab coffee for people and organize things for my boss.” When they return the question back to me, it feels a little bit awkward because I could go on forever about what I do here at GMS. So, what has my summer looked like so far at GMS?
Welcome to GMS! I am so excited for you to start your career with such an amazing company. I was a summer intern in 2018 and learned so much from the people at this company. I figured I’d give you a heads up as to what’s to come.
You’ll feel overwhelmed for sure in your first week. Any time you start something new, you’ll feel that way. Don’t worry though, your new co-workers will help you through it all.
“How has your internship been going?” I’ve been asked this question more times than I can remember this summer. Family and friends have been seeing my social media posts all summer and are curious as to what I’ve been learning.
When I was asked this question for the first time, I took a long pause—not because I didn’t know what to say, but because I didn’t know how to put it into words. How do you put into words that you’ve learned more about yourself in 10 weeks than you have your entire life? How do you tell your family that you now have a second family in the office? How do you say that you’re sad to leave your internship when your senior year of college is approaching?
If someone at the beginning of the summer told me that I would feel like this about an internship, I never would have believed them. As I’m getting ready to go back to college, I’ve realized that GMS and the people there have had such an impact on me and have taught me more than I ever expected. These are the top three things they’ve taught me.