June 24, 2016

Intern Report: Seeing Cleveland through a different lens

Meaghan Hennessy is a candidate in the full-time MBA program.

As a Cleveland native going to school in Cleveland, I went into this summer working in Cleveland thinking I had seen it all. However, my first few weeks of working have been anything but familiar. I am spending my summer at KeyBank in the Enterprise Lean Six Sigma (ELSS) group working on the integration of recently acquired First Niagara Financial Group. My role within the group is managing employee experience projects to ensure First Niagara employees are prepared when the two banks legally become one on August 1. ELSS is usually associated with operations or statistics, but I am also leveraging skills learned in marketing, finance and accounting to help me in my day-to-day projects.

While my work is keeping me busy, Key continues to engage us with events and learning opportunities for all 150 of their interns. We were divided into small groups during orientation and our groups are made up of interns from all over the U.S. in different groups throughout the bank. In these groups we attend networking events, host guest speakers and present on current economic topics. Key also supplies opportunities for volunteering throughout the Greater Cleveland areaour first week we split up into six different groups and worked on beautifying Cleveland for the Republican National Convention by painting, planting and cleaning up downtown.

Key has done a great job keeping us engaged and entertained but nothing compares to the excitement surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers and the city’s first championship in 52 years. The last few weeks have been a whirlwind that the whole city took part in. The streets were filled with people high-fiving, hugging and screaming “GO CAVS!” and it all concluded with a parade right outside Key Tower. The intern program manager told us our first day “This is a great time to be at Key in Cleveland” but no one could have guessed how great it’d be.

June 17, 2016

Intern Report: Testing Out the Dream Job

Liz Smith is a candidate in the full-time MBA program.

If I could describe my dream job in just a few words, it would be some combination of problem-solving, strategic-thinking, marketing, chocolate ice cream and dogs. Oh, and making a difference in the lives of others (whether they walk upright or on all fours). Unfortunately, not all of those things fit into one specific role, at least not now, but I got pretty close with an internship in brand management marketing at Purina.

For those not familiar with the company, Purina is a pet food and supplies company located in St. Louis, MO. Whether or not you have a pet, you’ve likely been exposed to their brands through their marketing – brands such as Dog Chow, Beggin’ Strips and Tidy Cats litter. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love dogs; no, I’m obsessed with our furry friends. And my love of marketing and interest in brand management is what made this role the perfect fit for me.

I am currently one month into my three-month internship and I am loving every minute. I get to learn about an industry that I pay a lot of money into for my own pup; I’m discovering interesting facts and trends in pet ownership, such as (according to a survey) more dog and cat owners indicated that they’d rather stay and cuddle their pet on Valentine’s day than go out with their significant other; and I’m working alongside some of the smartest marketers in the business, and their furry four-legged companions! I’ve gotten exposure to tools and resources that are critical for success in brand management, and have been able to apply some of what I learned both in the classroom and in my previous work experience to the job. One of my favorite experiences was getting to see some dog treats come off of a production line!

In addition to the work experience, I’m having fun exploring a new city with the other interns! St. Louis has a rich history and I have enjoyed visiting its neighborhoods and sampling its foods. For anyone planning a visit to St. Louis, try the gooey butter cake! It’s native to the city and most restaurants in town will have it on the dessert menu. Also, visit the City Museum – it’s a playground for grownups (that’s also kid-friendly if you have little ones who like to explore)!

It’s only been a month, but I have had an amazing experience thus far at Purina and can’t wait to see what the next two months have in store! I need to make a special plug for Weatherhead’s Career Management Office for working with me early last year on refining my resume and interviewing skills and making sure that I knew about this particular role. If it weren’t for their help, I wouldn’t have had as much success in the internship search process. I can’t wait to come back in the fall and hear about what everyone else is doing, too!

June 3, 2016

The Great Cicada Swarm of 2016

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1999... because that was the last time the 17-year cicadas were in town.

What is this giant chirping bug climbing out of the underground in Northeast Ohio? This is the giant chirping bug:

 According to ecowatch.com, although we might be freaked out by the arrival of these insects, they're actually quite good for the environment, serving as natural tree pruners that cultivate new growth, lawn aerators, ground fertilizers, nutritious snacks for pets and humans alike, AND serenading musicians for backyard barbecues! Some Americans find the cicada's arrival to be a unique opportunity for culinary experiments. Nom, nom, nom!

If you are still turned off by these bugs hatching, shedding shells, singing, and crawling back into the soil, take heart; the cicadas will only be around for about six weeks, to return for their punk-rock reunion tour in 2033.

Where to Find Cicadas
Everywhere. Experts expect about one billion cicadas to emerge in Ohio this summer.

How to Attract Cicadas
Really? You want these guys nearby? If so, run a lawnmower or chainsaw - the cicadas sometimes confuse the noise for their mates. If you find yourself swarmed by hormonal teenage cicadas, don't panic. Cicadas don't bite or sting and aren't poisonous... they're just two-inch long flying insects that rattle.

Read more fun facts about the cicadas.