You are given a real-life project and expected to come up with a plan for implementation by the end of the summer. This means that your team treats you as a co-worker, not an intern, and respects your ideas and hard-work while all the while giving advice on how to improve your knowledge and understanding of the corporate world. Access to people in upper management is encouraged, and even required, giving you the opportunity to really get a feel for the company. Plus, everyone is so nice, especially the CEO! Overall, it was an excellent internship, the best I've ever heard of.
The rate that decisions are made and implemented within the company is slow, which can be very frustrating at times.
Advice to Potential Interns
The work-life balance at Hallmark is unparalleled. They expect you to have a great life outside of work. But they also want you to have a great life at work, so the atmosphere is one of hard-work, but team-work. There is a reason that the average tenure at Hallmark is over 20 years...
Advice to Management
I believe that Hallmark is too slow of a company. Because we are trying to jump in to the tech world, decisions need to be made faster because technology is ever-changing. The lethargy of the company is what is keeping Hallmark from being a top-retailer in the country.