Current Title: Senior QA Analyst
Intern title: Global Compensation Intern
Intern Program year: 2012
Favorite part of your internship (i.e. a project you worked on, specific program event/experience, thoughts on our culture/environment/values): I was immediately struck by the tight-knit culture in the company. It’s really powerful to meet people who are 2nd and 3rd generation Driscoll’s employees or Driscoll’s-affiliated employees. Lunch with the Executives was a great experience. I really liked that they valued the program enough to take time out of their busy schedules to have candid conversations with all of us.
How did your internship prepare you for the role you transitioned into after your internship? I was in HR so I had exposure to recruiters who were trying to make placements, so that definitely played a huge part. Also, in Comp I got really strong with Excel which helped prepare me for later roles.
Current title: Digital Marketing Manager
Intern title: Brand Marketing Intern
Intern Program year: 2017
Favorite part of your internship (i.e., a project you worked on, specific program event/experience, thoughts on our culture/environment/values): My internship experience consisted of many favorites! I’d say my top two favorites were supporting the newly launched #BerryTogether campaign and immersing myself in the Driscoll’s culture.
The brand team had worked on a global rebrand, and the 2017 #BerryTogether campaign launched in the summer. During my time as an intern, I was able to support the brand campaign by leading the creation of photo props for an exclusive customer event in the Twin Cities and create email communications to announce our experiential marketing events throughout the summer. These two projects enabled me to work cross-functionally within marketing, manage vendors and budget, and flex my creative muscle through copywriting and visual branding.
Driscoll’s culture is defined by its core values of passion, humility, and trustworthiness. During my internship experience, everyone was so friendly, engaging, and eager to share their knowledge. Driscoll’s enabled me to continuously learn from others and develop my understanding of the agriculture industry! It is so refreshing to work with such a hard-working and fun-loving group of people.
How did your internship prepare you for the role you transitioned into after your internship? My internship greatly prepared me for my current role at Driscoll’s. At the start of the internship program, my goals were to broadly acquire a better understanding of marketing through hands-on experience and training to determine if ag marketing was truly a career path I wanted to pursue. During my internship experience, I was able to work with each function within marketing and fully acquaint myself with team initiatives, goals, and day to day activities. Additionally, I was able to build foundational relationships with my teammates. It became apparent that marketers need to be strategic and creative, two skills that resonated with me and which I wanted to strengthen. My internship experience reinforced my career goals and passion for digital marketing, which ultimately lead me to my current position as a digital marketing manager, focusing on social media and consumer relations.
Current Title: Global Internal Communications Specialist
Intern title: Internal Communications Intern
Intern Program year: 2017
Favorite part of your internship (i.e. a project you worked on, specific program event/experience, thoughts on our culture/environment/values): No matter the project or part of the business I was working in, everyone was extremely warm and welcoming. People were glad to go out of their way to teach me more about the business and I was honestly surprised to see that the company’s values were actually taken to heart and acted upon! Us interns were treated the same as any other employee and it made for a great working environment.
How did your internship prepare you for the role you transitioned into after your internship? The education I received and the connections I made during my internship have been extremely valuable over the past few years. I learned so much about our industry and how to conduct yourself professionally during my time as an intern, as well as gaining a great perspective on the value of humility. As an intern, you’re coming in with raw skills mostly to learn. Though I’m a few years in now with much more knowledge, humility and a strong desire to learn is still just as important now as it was then!
Current title: Blackberry/Blueberry Forecaster (Oxnard District)
Intern title: Sales Demand Management
Intern Program year: 2019
Favorite part of your internship (i.e. a project you worked on, specific program event/experience, thoughts on our culture/environment/values): I really enjoyed visiting the San Francisco terminal markets, export center, and grocery stores with the Sales Team. Driscoll’s has a great working environment where everyone makes you feel welcomed and are always open to teaching you what they know.
How did your internship prepare you for the role you transitioned into after your internship? My internship allowed me to make connections with the Oxnard locations’ Production team during a Blackberry Nursery Tour where I met my current boss.