Company/Organization: Progressive Promotions
Topic of Internship
Progressive Promotions is a certified women-owned company that has committed to help strengthen brands and augment sales of Fortune 500 companies with its exceptional promotional products since its founding in 1987. Some of Progressive Promotions’ clients include Avis Budget Group, Kraft Foods, American Express, and United Airlines, in the US and to more than 60 countries around the world. Progressive Promotions has been awarded Pyramid Awards from the Promotional Products Association International three years in a row and is listed as one of Crain’s Top 25 Woman-Owned Companies. Julie Levi, entrepreneur and graduate of Harvard Business School, is the CEO of Progressive Promotions. She has been able to build a team of dedicated specialists who work hard to expand the brand of their clients through their unique products.
Summary of Internship
As an intern at Progressive Promotions, I am given the opportunity to learn and explore all of their departments. The purpose was to see the way the business worked by taking part in all of the departments from the beginning of the sales process all the way to the billing process. My year was divided in a way that I would spend about two months each in the Sales Department, Production Department and finally the Accounting Department. The Sales Department is in charge of making proposals to clients of different products we offer depending on the theme, idea clients have in mind or the event the client will be holding. In the Sales Department I had the opportunity to make real proposals for clients. Along with that, I learned how the pricing works since we are distributors of the suppliers, in other words we are the “middle man.” Then I was allocated to the Production Department where project managers took me through their responsibilities such as sending orders to vendors, confirming and proving details of orders, requesting proofs, acquiring tracking numbers and sending shipping and delivery confirmations. I learned how this extensive and complex process works by doing all of this myself every Thursday.
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