Internships. They have evolved a lot since the days of the little intern who fetched coffee, and was at the boss’s beck and call.
Steinhafels values our interns–not only as workers, but as part of the Steinhafels family. This is the second year of the Summer Sales & Leadership Internship. Steinhafels Recruiting Manager Jane Peterson heads up the program. She explains, “The internship focuses on sales and leadership. Interns work alongside Steinhafels’ Store and Sales Managers to learn how to successfully execute the mission statement, by helping customers create the homes of their dreams. Interns train in many different areas of the company including: Advertising, Merchandising, Operations, and Customer Service.”
We decided see what it’s like to be a Steinhafels intern. After all, who doesn’t want to relive their college years a little bit? Mitch Yahr is a Marketing Major at UW-Milwaukee. He is from Germantown, and will be entering his Junior year (oh to be young again!)
Mitch spent a day in the Advertising Department. Of course he had lots of questions about our jobs, but I also took the chance to ask him a few questions.
Why did you major in Marketing?
Mitch: My family always told me I was very relatable and personable. I love talking with people and having social interaction. In the Sales world you’re always talking. On the Sales floor I love talking to people and getting to know their stories.
Why did you decide to become a Steinhafels intern?
I met Jane at a career fair in Whitewater. I knew this was a relatively new internship, and Jane made it sound like I could be one of the pioneers for this internship, which is cool.
What do you like about the Steinhafels’ brand?
When Steinhafels came to Menomonee Falls it was groundbreaking—literally and figuratively! I love that Steinhafels is family owned and not publicly traded, and promotes a family atmosphere…. I also like how Steinhafels markets to a wide variety of people—not just high end or low end.
What does an intern’s day entail?
I get to work around 9:30 a.m. We have the early morning meeting. Then I walk around the Sales floor and make sure everything is tidy and clean. Then we usually walk the floor for a couple hours, and make sure everybody is taken care of. We take a break for lunch, and then we head back to the floor to talk with customers.
Have you sold anything yet?
Oh yeah. I always start off by giving an introduction, and I ask them what they’re looking for. Then I have a couple of questions to ask on the way to the product—keep them engaged and make sure I take them to the best items possible.
It sounds like Mitch has learned a lot! But Peterson says it’s about a lot more than just closing the deal. She says, “Our interns walk away with a good understanding of what it is like to work in a professional environment. One of the main objectives of the internship is for the interns to also really expand on their leadership skills. The internship has the potential to grow into a leadership position amongst our sales team after the completion of the program.”
As you can see in these pictures, it’s not all business all the time. Our interns had a chance to check out a Brewers game with some of our executives, and to get a little goofy in a photo shoot. We want to show them that even “adults” can have fun sometimes too!
Mitch is just one of our 15 standout interns this summer. Our interns come from 6 different schools, and have worked in 5 stores this summer (Madison, Waukesha, Appleton, Oak Creek and Menomonee Falls). We hope to expand the program to more stores next year.
Do you know a student interested in a fun, competitive, and rewarding internship? Let us know! We start the recruiting process in fall at many different campus career fairs. Applicants can start applying for Summer 2017 as early as November 2016.