The best aspects were that I got to develop solutions to important problems that would actually be used. I was not fetching coffee or dry cleaning every day. I also loved the fact that I got to do so many different things and experience so many different parts of the business. I was worried about the classic business aspect of sitting in a cube all day staring at a computer monitor, but I had so many different tasks and meetings that I was always running around learning new things. It kept each day interesting and different.
The thing I liked the least was the mid summer feedback. I would have liked to have more frequent feedback perhaps three or even four times throughout the summer, so I could have developed myself further.
Advice to Potential Interns
If you are interesed in diversifying yourself by your experience definitely intern at Hallmark. No matter what your project is you will gain such amazing experience and make an actual impact on the business. So many companies use interns for grunt work or simple things that need to get done, but Hallmark makes sure every action is important and valued, not only by its interns, but also for its full time employees.
Advice to Management
I think the interns should be salaried. I know there is probalby a reason that we are not that I don't understand, but as an intern it makes more sense. Right now we make x dollars/hour and I could tell a worry for HR was people working overtime. None of us expected to get paid for working from home, but I'm assuming it was an issue before if HR was worried about it. I feel that this could be eradicated by salaring the interns.
Additionally, I wish HR or the managers would make a list of document of skills the intern could brush up on before they started. I contacted my manager before the start date of the internship to see if there was anything I could do and I was glad I did because they told me a bit more about my department, to brush up on my Microsoft Office skills, especially Excel and important things to bring on the first day. It seems simple, but I hadn't thought of those suggestions and feel that it should be standard protocol for the manager or HR to prepare something or expect the intern to initiate contact and request it.