The highlight of my internship this summer was definitely my first business trip with Jeramie Simmons. We were headed out to California to work with ServiceMaster’s recent partner, Minor League Baseball. This partnership connects the local ServiceMaster network together at their local MiLB stadiums.
I had been working on tasks such as organizing invite lists, brochures and food for the suites from the office for Jeramie all summer. This being said, I was excited to see the implementation of what I had been working on for the past 10 weeks.
I attended and worked the Sacramento game first, along with Jeramie and Jay Robinson. During this game I was able to shadow Jay and help out with social media and interviews. I observed as Jay interviewed consumers as well as the ServiceMaster network. After watching Jay on the first three interviews, I was able to conduct the last interview myself. I had a list of questions as a reference, but came up with follow up questions when necessary, as Jay did.
At both the Sacramento and Fresno games, I was also tasked with social media. Taking a picture and posting it to Facebook for ServiceMaster is a lot more laborious than posting to your own Instagram. I needed to think about the company when snapping each and every picture. I made sure there were never any beer cans in the shot and that I knew who everyone was by name and brand so that I would be able to mention them later on in a caption or post, if need be.
Although I was assigned with social media and interviewing, I was also constantly networking with the local ServiceMaster network throughout the duration of the game. I was delighted to engage with the people who attended the games and find out what brand they worked for, what their daily jobs consisted of and what they thought of the partnership. I made some connections myself, and collected a few business cards.
On another note, I had never been to California before and was excited to take in all that Sacramento and Fresno had to offer during my free time, until I hopped in the Lyft.
Cyrus was your typical California “dude”. He had the classic man bun and “surfer accent.” He asked what we were doing in Sacramento and we proceeded to explain how we were off to Fresno the next day. He laughed and responded with, “If you guys took this trip to visit the worst places in California, you’ve succeeded.” Cyrus clearly had very strong thoughts on Sacramento and Fresno and did not hesitate to speak up.
After Cyrus expressed his view, I naturally had to explore and see for myself. Contrary to Cyrus’s opinion, Sacramento was impressive. I walked to the Capitol, which was brilliant, and then proceeded to a place referred to as “Old Sac” by many Californians. Old Sacramento offered numerous shops, eateries and museums to tourists. Although Fresno did not have as much to offer, I had my first In-N-Out experience here. Being a first timer, there was no other option; I had to ask for a souvenir. (The souvenir being a hat). The burger was all that I imagined it would be and more.
Aside from all the buzz I heard from Cyrus about inland California, Sacramento and Fresno ended up exceeding my expectations. The experiences I had working at the games will benefit me in my future endeavors. I would have to say my first business trip was a success and I can’t wait for the next one!