I’m a summer intern working for the Quicken Loans Servicing team. I started my internship just over a month ago and have been enjoying all of the opportunities here since I started. However, I can’t forget the risk-taking that got me this far – without it, I wouldn’t have received my internship.
How I Got My Internship
During my junior year of high school, I participated in a career mentorship enrichment program focused on exposing students to the entertainment industry in Detroit. We spent three weekends speaking with countless people involved in Detroit’s entertainment scene, in addition to discussing the investors who’ve helped the city revive economically over the past decade. I was captivated by the economic challenges and the subsequent revival of my hometown that was largely led by the Quicken Loans Family of Companies.
About one year after that experience, I was challenged to write my international baccalaureate extended essay – an independent, research-based 4,000-word essay on a topic of my choice. When the time came to choose my essay topic, I remembered how fascinated I was by Detroit’s ongoing revival and chose to focus on Rock Ventures LLC’s economic role in downtown Detroit. More specifically, I studied the impact of Rock Ventures’ property investment downtown on employment across Detroit. After months of intensive research and drafting, I finally finished my essay – and to celebrate, I sent the essay to Dan Gilbert for his reference. To my surprise, not only did I receive an astonishingly positive response, I was also referred to the company’s Talent Acquisition team and was eventually offered a full-time internship for this summer!
What I Learned
More than anything else, this situation highlights the importance of taking risks. I had been so hesitant about sending out my essay for fear of getting no response, but had a change of heart and considered the possible opportunities that might come from giving it a shot. Even if I hadn’t ended up receiving a response to my email, at least I would know that I’d reached out. However, by sending that email, I received an opportunity I never could have imagined before even starting my freshman year of college!
Now, I’m gaining real-world experience working alongside investor reporting specialists and other financial experts. Not only am I learning a ton in my role, I’m also able to shadow dozens of positions across the FOC – an amazing opportunity to explore careers in my field of interest. On top of all this, I get to work for a company involved in making change for the better in Detroit – the city’s revival was the reason I chose my topic for my extended essay, after all.
In hindsight, none of these experiences would have occurred if Detroit’s revival hadn’t piqued my interest, I hadn’t decided to write my essay about Rock Ventures LLC, or of course, I hadn’t emailed it to Dan Gilbert. The company has a well-known set of philosophies called the ISMs – and after this experience, I believe in the ISM “You’ll see it when you believe it” more than ever. If I had simply maintained a passive and hesitant attitude, I wouldn’t have moved beyond what seemed comfortable or safe. Instead, I decided to take that risk and believe in myself, and now I’m experiencing an incredible summer internship.
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