At Employment Enterprises, Inc. (EEI), we are constantly on the lookout for fresh faces to intern at local companies – including our own. Our internship programs have given many students the real-world career experience they need while providing employers with eager, educated, and professional employees.
Our own intern, Patrick Maercklein, attends James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. We asked him to provide some insight into his experiences as an intern and to reflect on his time with Employment Enterprises.
What made you choose Employment Enterprises to build your professional career?
I chose Employment Enterprises because of the endless learning opportunities that were presented to me. The company has introduced me to tasks and responsibilities that come with working in a business environment. I was drawn to the flexibility of the internship program, where I was given the chance to learn about every aspect of the business and work with departments that interested me the most. As expected, this experience has been immeasurably helpful to my early career. I wasn’t treated as an intern and was held to the highest of standards, just like the rest of the employees. I was trusted with overseeing major accounts, I assisted in the creation of a marketing plan for the company’s upcoming 40th anniversary, and so much more that made me a valuable asset to the team.
You’ve worked in several different departments here. How do you think this has affected your experience?
Recruiting, HR, Marketing – you name it. I have been fortunate enough to work with a handful of departments to grasp the entire business concept here. From seeking qualified candidates in recruiting to corresponding with clients in the HR service department, I was able to learn the company’s processes. Then I could apply my knowledge to help market our services effectively. This unique experience has ultimately allowed me to learn about my interests and gain a versatile skill set, easily applicable to future jobs. I quickly became someone to ask about anything and everything, which was remarkably satisfying.
How does your work relate to your marketing and business classes at JMU?
I’m privileged to be pursuing my degree at JMU, where the classes and resources that I have been involved with have prepared me to think constructively and utilize my skills accordingly. My courses were instrumental in developing my understanding of marketing objectives and terminology, which allowed me to be more collaborative on various projects. In addition, Employment Enterprises gave me the opportunity to implement studied concepts such as the market utilities, advertising, social media, etc., and see their real-life application. Overall, this experience has been incredibly beneficial to my education and I am excited to use everything that I have learned back at school.
Business is all about connections. Do you feel that you’ve made connections you can use in your future endeavors?
Through working with Employment Enterprises, I have realized that it is imperative to grow an extended network to potentially open doors for my future. My internship has grown my connections considerably, giving me the ability to learn and benefit from some of the most genuine, hardworking individuals in the industry. My connections here have expressed great interest in helping me grow my professional career. Whether it’s been through offering references, providing feedback, or simply connecting on LinkedIn, the positive support that everyone has shown is incredible and much appreciated.
What has been your favorite part about working at Employment Enterprises?
If I had to choose one thing, I would say that it’s our monthly Friday Exchange event. Held on the first Friday of each month, we celebrate our achievements and set new goals to reach in the upcoming weeks. The way that Employment Enterprises celebrates the company’s accomplishments and recognizes each individual’s success creates a special culture that I greatly admire.