Jared Debnam is a Business Management major set to graduate in December 2019. This summer he interned for Adidas as a Product Marketing Intern for Baseball in Portland, Oregon.
How did you get this internship?
I applied online on the Adidas careers page. After about 2-3 months I heard back from a recruiter about scheduling an interview for my position. After the first interview with my recruiter, he set up my final interview with the hiring panel, which included my manager. A few hours after my final interview, I got a call from my recruiter who extended me the offer.
What was a typical day like?
The typical day for me started at 8 AM. I would check my emails and my schedule for the day before my team got in. Depending on how busy my day was, I would usually work on my project, or take care of other day-to-day tasks that my team needed to be done. We had team meetings often, and I would also meet 1 on 1 with my manager once or twice a week as well. My manager also invited me to a lot of meetings so I was able to interact with a lot of people outside of my immediate team.
What was your favorite part of the experience?
The people. Everyone I met at the company helped make my experience amazing. My team was very helpful and supportive before, during, and have even been helpful after the internship. Everyone wanted to help me grow and develop the entire time I was there, especially before mentioning my mentor and my manager. It was encouraged to set up coffee chats with people in other departments in order to network and expand my knowledge of the company. Adidas is The intern class I was apart of was also fantastic. Being surrounded by so many driven individuals from different backgrounds was incredible for my professional, and personal development.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it below:
My intern project was to do a competitive analysis on New Balance Baseball. New Balance has a lot of market share in the baseball industry so I was tasked to find out what led to them amassing a strong following.
What did you find most challenging about your internship?
The most challenging part for me was reaching out when I needed help. I often would try and do everything by myself to make it seem like I was the perfect intern to my team. It took me some time, but eventually I began to reach out for more help from my team more often and they were extremely helpful. As an intern, you’re not expected to know everything, you are there to learn. It’s OK to ask for help!
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship?
This internship was very competitive, there were thousands of applicants so I recommend doing your research about the company, and the role you want to work in. Also reach out to employees and recruiters. Showing your genuine interest goes a long way. Another piece of advice I have is to use your resources. Whether that be a club, professor, mentor, or career coach, be sure to utilize all that is available to you here. My career coach was very helpful throughout my entire process.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship?
BCOM 314, and some of my Management electives were very helpful. A lot of the topics that were covered in class, I got to apply them/see them get applied in the workplace. Presenting was very easy for me because of all of the presentations I’ve done so far in my classes.