My Name is Ken, and I am currently interning at the D&R Marketing Agency based in Detroit, MI. Over the past week, I have transitioned from the marketing aspect of the organization and am currently working within the Human Resources Department. When first entering this internship, I knew I wanted to gain a holistic experience regarding marketing but, I did not know this experience includes the tedious task of the HR Department.
The HR Department at D&R Marketing, similar to other organizations, manages new hires, employee complaints and suggestions, and external connections with partner organizations. I didn’t really know what I would be doing within the HR Department, but my initial thoughts were nothing like the reality. When I met with the Director of HR, she informed me that starting in June the marketing agency would be hosting a few high school interns and thought this would be a good opportunity for me to gain some leadership responsibilities. Therefore, she told me I would be the intern’s point person throughout their internship.
When she first told me this, a flood of emotions came out. I thought I would have to be responsible for a cluster of high school students, with no formal experience in hosting interns. When I voiced these concerns to the HR Director, she assured me I would only be a guiding force and that she would be there for any questions, comments or concerns either the interns or myself may have.
Following that meeting, she gave me a list of things that needed to be prepared before the interns start on June 5th. The above screenshot is a sample of each intern’s virtual desk which I spent last week creating via Trello. The categories on the virtual desk include On-Boarding, Professional Development, Questions/Comments/Concerns, Announcements and Reminders, and projects. By putting together each of the five intern’s individual virtual desk I learned a lot about the behind the scenes actions which occur to help any organization be successful.
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