The Intern Report
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Name: Jamie Magnuson
University: Virginia Tech
Major: Business Information Technology
A little bit about Jamie ...
Jamie is a senior at Virginia Tech (gokies!) pursuing a degree in business information technology with a concentration on supply chain management. She wants a career path with purpose and to feel like she is accomplishing something worthwhile when she goes to work every day. Learning how to balance school and everything else was Jamie’s best learning experience in college. She learned how to hold herself accountable and be responsible for her own actions.
What are some exciting projects you worked on? I helped Sara Greene, director of member development, with motivating people to attend NRF’s dinners in different cities. That included emailing some executives from some cool companies. This also introduced me to a lot of new companies that provide products that I didn’t even know existed!
What’s something you learned at NRF that you can use back at school or in your future job role? I’ve learned to never be afraid to ask questions. Someone would rather you tell them that you’re not clear on how to do something than spend hours completing a task the wrong way.
What has been your favorite moment in the office? Both Sara Greene and Artemis Berry, VP of member engagement, along with the entire membership team have been so great to me throughout the entire internship at NRF. One of my favorite days at the office was when they took me out to lunch. They’ve been so patient with me and have taught me so much while I was here and were always open to letting me ask any questions.
If there is one piece of advice that you could give future interns, what would it be? Take every opportunity that’s presented to you! Say yes to everything, because they’ll never ask you to do anything that isn’t a learning experience, and you end up meeting a lot of new people.
How do you balance your work and personal life? I prepare for my week starting on Sunday, which means laundry and cooking for the week. That way I can come home to clean clothes and not even have to cook if I don’t want to, which takes away a lot of the stress.
The main quality I look for in a mentor is … Patience! This is my first office job, so I was a little nervous that I would just be thrown in and expected to know what to do. Fortunately, that didn’t happen, and people were willing to take their time with me and answer any questions I had.
Random, fun and quirky
If you could invent anything, what would it be? A machine that would cook anything I wanted when I wanted it.
If given a chance to skip work for a day, how would you spend the entire day? Honestly, probably on the couch watching TV.
The one thing I can’t live without? My dog.
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