Each week, we talk to an employer that has posted on Internships.com to try to gain some insight into their industry and what it takes to get started. This week, it’s Enterprise Rent-a-Car.
1. What do you look for when you hire an intern?
The ideal candidate is ambitious, creative, personable, resourceful, hard-working and likes to have fun. We look for rising juniors and seniors. Candidates should have experience using sales skills (paid or unpaid), demonstrated leadership ability and a definite interest in pursuing a sales/management career after graduation.
2. How did you get started in the industry? How can I get started?
I found out about Enterprise Rent-A-Car at a spring career fair as I was getting ready to graduate. I never heard of Enterprise Rent-A-Car or thought to rent cars for a living! I have been with the company for more than 13 years and started as a Management Trainee. I like that we only promote from within, knowing I had control over my career was very attractive. I liked knowing I would get rewarded and recognized for my hard work. I have since been promoted nine times, am on my third career within the same company and love what I do. I think my prior internship experience in marketing, leadership experience and background in sports and retail helped me. You really can make anything happen at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
3. What is the future of your industry?
We continue to remain a privately owned company and continue to grow. Part of our business is insurance replacements. Unfortunately, people continue to get into car accidents, so there will also be a need for car rentals! We continue to grow different segments of our business and with the growth comes opportunity to move up in the company.
4. What is one main thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression? To make a negative impression?
Our best interns are those that take ownership of their internship and future career. Dressing professionally, communicating and performing does not go unnoticed. On the opposite, interns that are quiet, not dressed appropriately and don’t perform does not give the right impression.
5. Give us a positive intern story? An intern horror story?
Positive intern story: One of our interns participated in formal training sessions, reached out to full time employees for tips, performed and got himself known in our company. He was asked to continue working and as graduation approached got a final interview. He was offered a full time opportunity two months before he graduated!
Intern horror story: An intern who started working said he had to leave 6 weeks into program. This intern did not communicate their school commitments and gave an impression that this was not important. This intern was not asked to come back to work during breaks or time off.