For those of you who don’t know, my name is Corinne Blessington and I have had the pleasure of being Lands’ End Business’ intern for the summer of 2017. In one week I will be entering my junior year of college at Penn State University where I am studying Marketing with a concentration in Brand Management and a minor in Digital Media Trends and Analytics. I am sure many others can relate to the pressure I feel as a college student. We live in limbo between being kids and being adults in the real world.
Having always lived in Pennsylvania, I wanted to experience something different. I found myself hanging out with students from my hometown at Penn State and was overall just too comfortable. The Lands’ End internship got me out of my comfort zone to meet new people and figure out what the heck it is I want to do with my life. In these three short months, Lands’ End has allowed me to learn more about myself in ways I never expected. Moving to Wisconsin has been nothing shy of an adjustment. I came to this state not knowing anyone but I knew that this experience was going to be whatever I made of it. I was forced to sink or swim. I chose to swim.
I am not going to say this summer has been easy. Being away from home, I missed out on weddings, summer BBQs and special days that I could only hear about over the phone. Being away for the first time has taught me that I have a great support system and can never take for granted. Good day or bad day I have always had family and friends to rely on.
To some, internships have sort of a stigma. However, this experience was far from the stereotypical “getting coffee, making copies” internship. Lands’ End Business allowed me to make changes and to be creative. They even allowed me to communicate with senior management. I felt like they truly valued my opinion — something that not many interns get to experience.
As many of you know, I was able to take over Lands’ End Business social media with my #InternTakesOver campaign. I was able to create my own strategy, generate my own content, and more importantly track my performance and learn from my mistakes. I met the best people while working here. I had a great team of “buddies” to guide me along the way and point me in the right direction. A few even gave me lists of fun things to do in Madison during the summer. They were co-workers, but also friends.
I had a great team of leaders to look up to. Whatever their official titles, they were leaders to me. I learned a lot about what it takes to be a successful leader and that leadership is about doing not saying. Also, that successful leaders focus on their teams’ strengths rather than their weaknesses. Those leaders keep people accountable for their actions while communicating with them along the way. I have had the pleasure of meeting several leaders here who have had a lifetime impact on me without even realizing it.
However, the best part about this internship? The other interns. I have made some of the best friends this summer. We took trips to new cities, hung out on the weekends (and some weeknights), and built relationships inside and outside of Lands’ End. I have made friendships I hope will be life long. For the first time I felt surrounded by people who are similar to me. We all have the same goals, the same drive and passion, in and out of work. After I leave Wisconsin, I will miss them the most.
Lands’ End has given me a family far from home. This summer I enjoyed going to work and loved the people I had the opportunity to cross paths with. I had the opportunity to make a difference for the business and hopefully made a difference in someone’s life. With an internship, you get out what you put in. If you have the opportunity to intern for Lands’ End Business, do it! You won’t regret it.