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Simplified: Midco's internship program emphasizes mentorship, diversity and giving back. Here's how their program is structured and what you need to know to apply.
Why it matters
- Internships are a way for Midco to build its talent pipeline, but the program is more than that. The company's program is also focused on giving people experiences they can take with them wherever their career goes, according to Director of Talent Acquisition Patti Hawkey.
- This year, the company has 10 open positions between the marketing, operations and technology departments. These intern positions will be true members of the Midco team and will be treated like full-time team members.
- Midco interns learn hands-on skills for professional development through a series of workshops, Hawkey said.
- And at the end of the program, they present their learnings to Midco's executive leadership team – sharing details of the project they worked on, their role, and any insights or recommendations to improve the internship program in the future.
"I think when you go into an internship, you've got to realize from day one that what you put into it is what you're going to get out of it," Hawkey said.
What experiences do interns have?
Interns are paired with a mentor throughout the course of the internship.
They also have weekly workshops to learn from various Midco leaders about their roles, as well as any advice they have for the interns.
- Workshops include topics like "building a personal brand," Hawkey said.
Interns are encouraged to network, too, and part of the internship program involves meetings called "Coffee Connects," in which interns set up a one-on-one meeting with a leader to ask questions and make connections.
The internship program includes tours, too. Interns get to see the Midco Sports studio, the warehouse and Ike, the big production semi.
And, an important aspect of the internship program is giving back. Interns work together to find a volunteer project.
- In past years, interns have done a food drive or set up an ice cream social with residents of an assisted living facility.
What makes for a good intern candidate?
A willingness to learn, Hawkey said.
"But at the same time, a willingness to share what they know," she added. "It's a two-way street."
Midco also emphasizes diversity. The internship program is open to all, regardless of race, gender, ideology, etc., Hawkey said.
"If we see where there’s an opportunity to give somebody a leg up by giving them an internship, we're all going to benefit from it," she said.
How can I apply?
You can learn more about the open positions and submit an application here.