How Midco’s Internship Program Focuses on Mentoring, Giving Back

This is a paid part from Midco.

Simplified: Midco’s internship program emphasizes mentorship, diversity and generosity. Here’s how their program is structured and what you need to know to apply.

why is it important

  • Internships are a way for Midco to develop its talent pool, but the program is more than that. The company’s program is also focused on giving people experiences they can take with them regardless of their career, according to Director of Talent Acquisition Patti Hawkey.
  • This year the company has 10 open positions between marketing, operations and technology departments. These intern positions will be true members of the Midco team and will be treated as full-time team members.
  • Midco Interns learn practical skills for professional development through a series of workshops, Hawkey said.
  • And at the end of the program, they present their learning to the Midco management team – sharing details of the project they worked on, their role and any ideas or recommendations for improving the internship program in the future.

“I think when you go into an internship, you have to realize from day one that what you put into it is what you get out of it,” Hawkey said.

What experiences do the interns have?

The trainees are matched with a mentor throughout the internship.

They also have weekly workshops to learn from various Midco leaders about their roles, as well as any advice they have for interns.

  • The workshops include topics such as “building a personal brand,” Hawkey said.

The trainees are encouraged to networktoo, and part of the internship program involves meetings called “Coffee Connects”, where interns have a one-on-one meeting with a leader to ask questions and make connections.

The internship program includes tours, too. Trainees can see the Midco Sports studio, the warehouse, and Ike, the big semi-production.

And, an important aspect of the internship program is to give back. Interns work together to find a volunteer project.

  • Over the past few years, interns have organized a food drive or organized an ice cream party with the residents of an assisted living facility.

What makes a good intern candidate?

A willingness to learnsaid Hawkey.

“But at the same time, a willingness to share what they know,” she added. “It’s a two-way street.”

Midco also emphasizes diversity. The internship program is open to everyone, regardless of race, gender, ideology, etc., Hawkey said.

“If we see where there is an opportunity to give someone a boost by offering them an internship, we are all going to benefit,” she said.

How can I apply?

You can find out more about vacancies and submit an application here.

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