Past Summer Intern Reflections

From left: Alex Sawyer (PGI), Sara Schubert (Editorial), Carolyn Murray (Executive Education), Gigi Combe (Audio Conferences), CEO Ed Satell, Katherine Grib (Product Marketing), Abby Kloppenburg (Editorial), Alex Supartio (Accounting), Neil Marchese (PBP Media)
Not pictured: Lauren Peachey (Executive Education), Nils Michaelis (PBP Media)

We pride ourselves on providing a great intern program for college students looking to get experience in the “real world”.

A past group of 10 students hailed from nine different schools – Princeton University, Villanova University,  Drexel University, University of Richmond, Franklin & Marshall College, University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, Bucknell University, and University of Delaware. We put them to work in seven different departments — from Editorial to Product Marketing to Executive Education — where they teamed up one-on-one with several different employees over a three-month tenure.

When they weren’t working hard on their regular tasks, the students were engaged with other diverse projects. They helped update PBP’s website, which included videotaping interviews with executives and researching and writing new copy on various topics.

They also took part in a variation of the orientation program we offer to all new employees called Traditions. This allowed the interns to meet once a week to learn about the history and philosophy of PBP as well as meet many of the company leaders, including our CEO Ed Satell.

It wasn’t all work all the time, though. The interns were treated to a Philadelphia Eagles pre-season game in PBP’s box at Lincoln Financial Field, took a tour of the Wharton Escherick Museum with Nicole Riegl, Director of Progressive Business Institute, and attended a dinner at the Philadelphia Union League where they met Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

CEO Ed Satell talks with the interns during Traditions.

Looking back, the interns had nothing but positive things to say about their experience and the care they received while in the program.

“[Managing Editor] Rich [Henson] sat down with me at least once a week to check in and see how we were doing,” said Abby Kloppenburg, one of two interns from the Editorial department. “I think it’s clear that PBP really cares about its interns and the program, and I learned a lot this summer. ”