Tales From A Hastings Internship

Posted: August 8, 2014

My name is Taylor Perry. I am 18 years old and I am a Marketing Communications Intern at Hastings. Throughout this summer internship, I have been asked many times what it is like to be an intern at Hastings. This sparked the idea for a blog post, so here I am. However, I thought this question could be better answered by getting the perspectives of all the other Hastings interns as well. Take Marissa, for example – she also works in the Marketing Department as a Marketing Research Intern but her job description is very different from mine! So, I drafted up a short questionnaire and talked to the other three interns about their perspectives about Hastings in general and about their specific jobs. Let’s start with my brother…my younger brother (despite the fact that I am the shortest person in the picture below).

Summer Intern 1

Photo left to right: Austin Perry, Marissa Chapdelaine, Taylor Perry, William St. Marie

Austin Perry is my 16 year old brother and the Information Technology (IT) Support Intern. He is going into his Junior year at Westfield High School. He would describe Hastings as a productive, family-oriented work place. When I asked him about his first day as an intern, he said, “I felt overwhelmed yet welcomed by people. I got a tour and met everyone. They all seem like fun people who enjoy work and do it efficiently and effectively. They were very welcoming to me and seemed excited to have me as an intern.” Not only is his job description much different from mine, but he works in a whole different building! On a daily basis, you can find Austin documenting inventory of server rooms or providing internal IT instruction and support.  He says that Hastings has been “a fantastic opportunity to expand my knowledge and prepare me for the years ahead.” If given the choice, Austin hopes to return to Hastings next summer. After talking to Austin in the other building, I talked to someone whose desk is not more than a few feet away from mine.

Marissa Chapdelaine (21) works at Hastings as a Marketing Research Intern but will be attending Western New England University as a senior this coming fall. On her first day, she said that she was nervous before she arrived, but quickly felt welcomed and comfortable. “Everyone was extremely nice, helpful, and made me feel as if my position as an intern was very important,” she says. When I asked her to describe the people she works with (we work with the same people and I could not agree more with what she had to say about them) she said, “The employees here at Hastings are wonderful. I could not have asked for better individuals to have worked with this summer. You could tell everyone was genuine and friendly to all. My favorite quality about every employee I met was that it did not matter which position you held in the company, or what your specific job was, everyone was so friendly and willing to help each other.” Some of her daily tasks include reviewing & researching the Architectural Database to update contact information, determining active vs. inactive firms, and obtaining social media accounts. If Marissa was not graduating from college in the spring, she would definitely want to return as a summer intern next year. “I would have to say that Hastings has such an astounding group of people working there. I am very grateful for the opportunity they have given me this summer. I cannot thank them enough. I am certainly going to miss interning at A.W. Hastings.”

Summer Intern 2

Photo left to right: Marissa Chapdelaine, Austin Perry, Taylor Perry, William St. Marie

I am, as I said before, the Marketing Communications Intern. Something you may not know about me? I am starting my freshman year at Florida Southern College! But, while I am here, I do not take inventory of storage rooms and I would be afraid to go near the architect data base! My daily tasks include curating information, internal media posting, and…you guessed it…blog posting. I also help with a variety of organizational projects within the marketing department. I would describe my first day as an intern as an overwhelming, but an awesome learning experience. My favorite thing about Hastings is its employees. I have never been exposed to a group of people as kind and genuinely good-hearted as the ones at Hastings. There is a sense of camaraderie among the employees here that I have never felt before. In my opinion, Hastings is a great place to work and I would, without a doubt, return if given the opportunity.

As much as my job, Marissa’s job, and Austin’s job differ; William’s is far and beyond the most different. William St. Marie is 17 years old and he will be a senior at East Longmeadow High School when school starts again. His internship responsibilities exposed him to a different part of Hastings than us office workers. William works in the Distribution Center or DC. As an intern he is responsible for safely and efficiently loading and unloading trucks and handling materials being shipped, received, stocked and moved within the DC. That’s about as different as you can get from writing a blog! William said he was not very nervous on his first day on the job. He says he was “excited and ready to work.” Personally, I have only met a handful of the employees at the DC; however the ones I have met have the same Hastings spirit and overall wonderful-ness as the people I work with every day. William also likes the people he works with at the DC, “the employees are really fun.The guys always keep me on my toes and they have a lot of funny stories!” He says. When I asked him about next year, William enthusiastically replied, “of course I would come back! It’s fun!”

After talking to the other interns, it is clear that being an intern at Hastings has been a positive experience across the board, in all areas of the company we were exposed to. We all agree that Hastings’ employees really make the difference. Whether it is their work ethic, vast knowledge, or friendly personalities – there is always something to like. All four of us interns would like to thank our respective managers and coworkers for a great summer!


Photo left to right: Marissa Chapdelaine, Austin Perry, Taylor Perry, William St. Marie