(This blog post was written by Gabby Chiarenza – Summer Intern at MMI, 2017)
A teenager in this day and age has four choices on how they wish to spend their summer vacation. The choices are to get a job, join a college summer program, get an internship or sit around. With adulthood looming in the near future and colleges already watching and analyzing your every move, it’s important to do something worthwhile with your time off. To me, the idea of taking orders at the drive through of a fast-food restaurant or going back to school once again seemed unappealing. An internship was on my mind- preferably one that dealt with my interests.
I received a call one day from a connection through volunteering work. I was asked if I would be interested in an internship involving social media. I enthusiastically agreed and was given a list of different companies that I could choose to contact. It was at this point that I found Mogensen Mitigation Inc., described to me as “an environmental company.” I was ecstatic. I had wanted an internship and I had wanted to pursue something that I was passionate about. I dreamed, and still do, of being a journalist that writes on environmental, political and/or social issues. I did my research on the company and all about what Mitigation Banking truly is. With permission from my parents, I called Rich Mogensen right away and left a voicemail applying for the position. I had even written out a script for myself on what it would say. The next day we spoke, and I was given the opportunity to email my contact information and decide a date to meet. Over a Caesar salad at Showmars, we sealed the deal.
Now I have been working at MMI since mid June. I come in to work about once or twice every week for four hours each day. I have my own little work station and a sweet cat named Ivory that keeps me company and lets me run my ideas by her (she never offers much input). I have created, raised and groomed a LinkedIn page, designed a letterhead and worked on website visuals and design. Not only have I worked on the social media and search optimizations of the company, but I have also helped in dealing with the numbers. I have learned all about credit sales and the math that goes into MMI (math!). I have also learned what Mitigation Banking is and what MMI really does. I have learned so much about business, marketing, math and computers. I’m hoping to continue the rest of this summer by improving existing social media and expanding into all other forms of social media marketing. I hope to continue learning with every visit, as I have so far.
It’s been nice to know that I am working somewhere, and with someone, that really helps to improve the environment. My boss, Rich, is passionate about what he does and the state of the world we live in. It is always an advantage to work for someone with passion. It’s even better if you also share that same passion. I am looking forward to the rest of what we will accomplish in this quest to advance MMI’s business and I am proud of what we have already done.