Company/Organization: Progressive Promotions
Topic of Internship
Progressive Promotions is a certified women owned company founded in 1987 by CEO Julie Levi, a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program. The promotional products company has grown due to helping Fortune 500 companies and driving sales with their unique products. The company’s major client is American Express along with other well known names such as Macy’s, Avis Budget Group, Kraft, Verizon, DuPont, and many more from over 60 different countries. Julie Levi and her team located in Englewood, NJ have not only earned many Pyramid Awards for Promotional Products Association (the Oscars of the industry), but are also listed in Crain’s Top 25 Women Owned Companies. The Progressive Promotions team works hard to expand the brand of their clients with unique premiums that people are unable to forget.
Summary of Internship
Towards the end of my junior year, I was unclear on which part of business was most appealing to me. I didn’t know whether I liked investment, marketing, finance, business administration, or accounting most, and it was even harder since I didn’t have a real world experience. Progressive Promotions gave me an opportunity to explore each department. At the very beginning of my internship, I was given tedious tasks such as counting inventory and creating spreadsheets on what I collected. I organized files and learned a lot about the billing process. I was able to see firsthand how a transaction was handled. After accounting, I moved more into marketing. Most of the time in this department was spent doing research on potential customers. A month later, I got a chance to work in production. The work done here was more hands-on. The projects that were on a strict time limit required the most work to be put in. I did things like package hundreds of shirts into boxes and create cards that would be sent to clients. Other tasks in this department required me to send orders to vendors, confirm details of orders, request proofs, and send shipping and delivery confirmations. The most important things I learned every Thursday were not concepts, but life skills. I gained more confidence and knowledge than I could have in a traditional school environment.
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