Our weekly Grouponiversity series continues with a few intern spotlights.
School: First Year MBA, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
What are you doing? I’m working in the Refunds team, where I believe I can have a huge impact over the summer. I’ll be working on automating reporting, and putting together tools to easily identify the root causes of refunds. I will then be using insights from these tools to generate and implement ideas for improvements to business operations.
What was cool about this week? On my first day here at orientation, I was amazed at how many people were starting, which reminded me how fast things move at Groupon—there were about 150 people at orientation including about 20 MBA and Legal Summer Associates and 20 Undergraduate interns.
What are you excited about? We’ve got lots of events—from happy hours to Cubs games to cruises on the river to cooking classes—planned for us over the summer. I’m also super excited about having the summer to explore Chicago. The weather has been beautiful, and I’ve been enjoying morning runs along the lake, and exploring all of the shops and restaurants in Lincoln Park (the area where I live).
Anything Else? After just three days here at Groupon, I feel completely part of the team, and am excited for the summer ahead. Groupon is a place where smart people are working hard and getting things done, but don’t take themselves too seriously and have fun.
School: University of Michigan
What was cool about this week? On my first day as a Sales intern at Groupon, I walked into my division’s office to find photos of my head taped on a picture of a mariachi, a cat enthusiast, and other propaganda. Here I started thinking just how long this department had been anticipating the arrival of its first intern, and I got excited for what this experience would bring me.
Experience so far? The better part of my first couple days were not, as I expected, spent in a conference room listening to presentation after presentation introducing Groupon’s principles, but rather sitting next to sales reps and city planners alike to learn firsthand. Through this direct exposure, I learned about Groupon the way it made sense to the average employee, rather than through someone trained to talk about the company.
What are you looking forward to this summer? I’m looking forward to the ever-changing environment Groupon will provide me in the next eight weeks. I know I’ll be able to grow and learn a lot from the employees around me who have come from numerous different professional backgrounds.
Anything else? Go Blue!