When I thought about what an intern was, I pictured a college student who was there to learn about the company while grabbing coffee. Well, my idea of an intern has changed now that I’m an intern with Quicken Loans. The Quicken Loans culture is so vibrant. I walk into work happy, knowing that I’m going to make a difference today.
As part of my internship, I’ve been attending all the Intern Experience events. This is awesome, because not only will I be able to learn what it’s like to be a mortgage banker, a client care specialist, an underwriter, etc., I also get to learn about the city of Detroit’s rich history and culture. I’ve gotten to see firsthand what Quicken Loans is achieving in the community.
Today, for example, interns had the chance to take a guided bus tour with the Detroit Experience Factory. It was amazing! Our tour guide told us, “Come see the old. Experience the new. Be excited by what you never knew.” And that is exactly what we did. The tour educated us about the history of the places I pass every day – things that I don’t normally think about. We went from the Central Business District to Corktown, Midtown, the River Walk and more. These are all areas that I know about because I’m a Detroiter, but I often dismissed them for that reason as well. But that changed when I got to experience the city from a new perspective. Who would have guessed that post-bankruptcy, Detroit would be coming back greater than ever?
There are over 400 restaurants, bars and cafes, and that’s just downtown! If you’re a shopper like I am, I have great news: There are 350 or more shops in the area. Love a good play or movie? You’re in luck, because there are over 33 galleries, 22 theaters and multiple performance venues downtown. And don’t forget about the nine museums! The city is a melting pot of points of interest. I loved that I was able to learn something from this tour. As a resident, I wondered before the tour what else I could really learn about my own city. Well, I could go on and on about what I saw.
The new developments in Corktown and Midtown interested me the most. Corktown is one of Detroit’s oldest communities, but it’s also one of the fastest growing areas. So many new businesses have opened in the area, and many are locally owned shops, bars and restaurants. One bar we visited was Aloha, which I highly recommend to anyone over the age of 21. And how could I not mention the historic Eastern Market? I personally had never been to Eastern Market. (I know! I’m 22 years old and had never experienced this mega market.) It’s the oldest continuously operating public market in the city. People from all over come into Detroit for meat, services, flowers and fresh produce. This unique market is truly a jewel of the city. There are as many as 40,000 people visiting every Saturday. I was able to learn about hundreds of years of history in a three-hour tour! Thank you, Quicken Loans, for showing interns the history and excitement that downtown Detroit has to offer.
If you’re interested in an internship at Quicken Loans, check out QuickenLoansCareers.com.
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