School: Harvard Business School
Wait, so you got a project from our CEO already?
Yeah. I was fortunate to grab the lucky elevator after one of our weekly Town Halls. Andrew unexpectedly joined me and several other interns for the ride down. While descending six floors the conversation went something like this:
Andrew – “I knew just about everyone else here, who are you guys?”
Me – “We are your Interns, Summer Associates, or whatever you want to call us”
Andrew – “What are you working on?”
Me – “Working in Business Development with Sean Smyth on a few projects”
Andrew – “I think that I have a project for you”
[Elevator door opens and drops us in the lobby of 303 where Andrew spends about five minutes laying out the specifics]
Andrew – “Got it? Can you handle it?”
Me – “No problem”
The much anticipated meeting happened Wednesday morning and I presented the first part of what is hoped to be a game-changing opportunity for Groupon.
“Moral of the story, never take the stairs.”
What else are you doing?
I am working as part of the business development team, specifically with a power-house duo, looking at how to drive merchant value in new ways.
What else was cool about this week?
Mastering bacon-wrapped dates has been a life-long dream of mine and finally got the opportunity on Tuesday. To build a bit of perspective the interns were treated to a night of decompressing, cooking, and networking at Cooking Fools. Each of us learned how to cook a seemingly simple dish (Firecracker shrimp, Thai meat rolls, gourmet pizza’s, etc.) that, when put together, were a symphony of tasty finger foods. The bacon wrapped dates may have stole the show. We were not disappointed, it was a great evening!
I’m impressed at the speed and agility of Groupon. It’s an exciting environment to be a part of and gives you the feeling that you are always behind, which acts as an extra boost of motivation. Here’s to hoping that the presentation on Wednesday leads to others and that the Buffalo Bills can break their playoff drought this season. Go Bills!
School: Colgate University
What are you doing? I am working with the Grassroots team, which runs all of the philanthropic “do-gooder” deals. I have a few projects in the works right now, and I am particularly excited about one of them; it is my job to organize an intern volunteer weekend, during which all interested interns can volunteer at both The Greater Chicago Food Depository and PAWS Chicago. It should be a great weekend, and I am so excited to be putting it together.
What’s a typical day like? THERE IS NO TYPICAL DAY. This is my fourth week here, and I can honestly say that no two weeks have been the same. Between team-building retreat days, meetings with other people in the Marketing & PR departments, and post-campaign reporting “field trips,” my time at Groupon has been interesting… and definitely not monotonous.
What are you looking forward to? Lunch-and-learns with the heads of various departments within Groupon… including one with Andrew Mason!
What is cool so far? My first week, I went with my manager, Kyle, to a Chicago nature reserve in order to observe a Friends of the Park’s “Nature Along the Lake” teaching session. The session was funded by the donations of Groupon subscribers, and I was able to see the impact first hand. I even got to write a post-campaign blog post about the experience.
Anything else? I enjoy coming to work every day, and I think a lot of the has to do with the Groupon environment. Groupon expects a lot of its interns, and we all learn a lot as a result (but we are also expected to have fun)! There are several intern-only events planned throughout the summer, including a boat tour and a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.