Interns Paving the way for the Future!
This summer we had the honor of working with our intern Mollie. Internships allow us the opportunity to gain new perspectives, catch up on projects, and rethink our focus! Thank you Mollie for a great summer!
Here what Mollie had to say about her internship experience:
Hi! My name is Mollie Griesedieck, and I am an incoming junior at the University of Notre Dame. I am studying marketing within the Mendoza College of Business, and, as any business student can testify, internships have been hard to come by these days due to the effects of the pandemic. With jobs and summer abroad trips getting canceled left and right, college students like myself have felt a bit lost, and even hopeless, this past year. However, I was lucky enough to come into contact with Eli and Denise Sackett with Foundry Commerce, and they ended up taking me on as their marketing intern. I was a bit nervous at first, never having had professional experience was honestly surprised by how enthusiastically they were about me working with and learning from them. My experience thus far with Foundry has proven that conflicts, of which the past year has contained many, can lead you to exactly where you’re meant to be.
So, if you’re a potential employer of undergrad college kids, let me let you in on our secret: We don’t know what we are doing. We know what we are majoring in, but we have very little or no experience in that field, so we are just looking for a way to figure out what parts of that major we like, and what parts we do not necessarily “gel with”. With Foundry, I was given a variety of projects in many different areas of business such as product launches, digital marketing, and audience research. Because Foundry's offerings are so comprehensive, they are affecting the lives of many people, all of whom have different needs; One of the biggest things I have learned through the job is the importance of communicability when it comes to marketing technological programs.
Obviously, social media and internet marketing is increasingly important for brands when it comes to communication. With Foundry I was involved with email campaigns, blog management, writing, software demos, and overall marketing strategy. I was involved in real-time decisions, ones that someone with the title of “intern” would not normally expect to be involved in. I was even tasked with writing multiple blogs (including this one) for the company website, which is something I have found that I really enjoy!
To sum up, I have really grown in my communication, technical, and interpersonal skills in just the past few weeks, and I have my internship with Foundry Commerce to thank for a majority of that. In a time where so many people are struggling in their career development, I cannot express how grateful I am (and continue to be) for this opportunity to learn what I want to do with my life!
Thank you, Mollie and best of luck this fall as you continue to do great things at Notre Dame!