Intern

Mitchell A. Beard: A Summer to Remember

A Summer to Remember

When you approach many College Seniors and ask them what they did over the summer, you are sure to get a variety of different answers. “I went to the beach with my friends.” “Read a few great books.” “Went on a family vacation.” And while I could give all of those answers, what stands out for me is my 2019 summer internship working as a marketer and business analyst with Safe Hiring Solutions, made possible by Wabash College and the Mellon Grant.

The first few days of work were boring, to say the least. The Director of Marketing, Claudia Hurt, gave me my first few assignments, all in research. She told me “this is one of the most important jobs we do here. For us to fulfill our commitment to security, we must first understand the needs of our clients and who they are before we can do much of anything else.” At the time I was kind of disappointed, but then by the end of my internship, I realized how right she was.

After gaining a grasp of the importance of security, the current market we are in, and the needs of our customers, I started to do web development. This was a struggle for me at first since the last time I had done any website coding was in high school with outdated methods. However, I quickly picked it up and within a few weeks of my internship recreated all three of their company pages to a platform that was aesthetically pleasing, easy to navigate, and functional on a mobile device. After completing this project, Mike McCarty, CEO & Founder & Wabash Alum, recognized my talent in creating marketing material and shifted me to my next project, managing social media.

My initial thoughts, this is going to be easy. I do my social media, how much different could it be? Within the first post or two, I realized something important. These posts are in some ways representing everyone in the company, but I’m the one speaking. Do I sound like them or me? After asking myself this question I moved to the next, who am I speaking to? Then I realized something. I already had the answer to both questions after doing all that research at the beginning of my internship, and after shaking my head for a few moments after realizing how right Claudia was, I continued my work. 

Finally, this summer I had the chance to collaborate with Eric Stauffer, VP of Technology & Wabash Alum. We worked on a variety of tech projects together such as moving older server files, updating a chat box, and working on developing new software.

As I reflect on my summer internship, I’m thankful for the opportunity. I have been able to grow both professionally and personally. I look forward to my senior year continuing my work with Safe Hiring Solutions as a Sr. Innovation Consultant with the Center for Innovation Business and Entrepreneurship.

Mitchell A. Beard’s LinkedIn

Written by:
Mitchell A. Beard

20190806_103815.jpg

Mitchell Beard: Wabash Intern Summer 2019

 

Mitchell A. Beard
Wabash College Class Of 2020
Religion & Philosophy B.A.


 

This summer Safe Hiring Solutions was given the opportunity to partner with Wabash College and their Summer Internship Program. We were fortunate to be paired with Mitchell Beard.

Mitchell came to the office prepared to take on any task or project asked of him. One of the first projects we assign an intern is a research project. These projects help us to expand our audience base when talking about safety and security. He proactively took charge of this project without complaint.

After completing his tasks and having discovered Mitchell’s computer expertise, we tasked him with revamping our company websites. This pushed him to expand his knowledge in coding and web design while working to capture the attention of potential clients searching our websites. Mitchell worked alongside our CEO & Founder Mike McCarty, and Director of Marketing Claudia Hurt. These are just two of the many projects that Mitchell accomplished this summer.

IMG_8252.jpg

Safe Hiring Solutions is now excited to announce that Mitchell will continue part-time throughout his senior year as a Senior Innovation Consultant from the Center for Innovation Business and Entrepreneurship at Wabash College. Mitchell is taking a leading role with regards to our social media marketing campaigns, and we are excited to see how he develops in this role throughout the coming year.

Mitchell A. Beard’s LinkedIn

Mitchell at the nation Technology Student Association conference in D.C.

Mitchell at the nation Technology Student Association conference in D.C.

20190806_103815.jpg

Written by:
Claudia Hurt | Director of Marketing | Safe Hiring Solutions