My name is Sarah Homic, and I’m an intern on the CTC/Payoffs team at Title Source. I am attending Western Michigan University and will get my degree in advertising. My summer was filled with surprises this year… and some amazing surprises at that.
I’m from Michigan and don’t live far from Detroit so I’m always downtown. Growing up, I was able to see all the changes that have come about in downtown to make it better than it was when I was younger. Now, I had the chance to be a part of all the changes.
Having an internship at 18 is nearly impossible. Most of the time companies are looking for college juniors and older. However, I was lucky enough that Quicken Loans and the Family of Companies are open-minded to all ages.
As I near the end of my internship with Title Source, I realize I’ve gained so much when looking back. When you hear you are going to be working on a team that has nothing to do with your major, it can make you a bit skeptical. However, I’ve learned more than I could ever imagine. It opened my eyes up to the insurance world and taught me an enormous amount that I’ll be able to use later on in life. It also allowed me to see and get a taste of the business world in general.
Although I wasn’t on a team that was geared towards my major, I was able to turn it into something that can be useful for my career. It taught me communication skills and taught me to step up and not be afraid to go to someone if I have an idea. With that being said, I went to my leader one day and asked if I could work on a separate project for the team. I began creating advertisements for each team member so our newly created team could get to know each other. Not only did I enjoy making them, but the team loved seeing them all. This leads into another amazing aspect of the company, its culture.
The culture within the company is one like you wouldn’t believe. It is a ‘flat company.’ You could be an intern talking to Dan Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans, vice presidents of the company or other team leaders. In most companies, you wouldn’t dream of that! Here, everyone has a voice and it will always be heard.
Not only is this internship a great way to get involved in the business world, it’s a great way to get involved in the community. It’s such a great feeling to be able to give back to the community during Neighborhoods Week, by helping out at Gleaner’s Food Bank or to spend the day with local elementary kids. Quicken Loans and the Family of Companies have done so much for downtown and the neighboring areas, and I felt extremely grateful to be a part of it.
All in all, this internship program has been one of the best experiences in my entire life. Being one of the 1,200 applicants chosen out of the 27,000 that applied makes me feel proud that I have what it takes to be a part of this amazing company. I learned so much about the business world, the community and myself. While doing all of that I was able to make some really great friendships with the other interns due to all the events our Intern Ambassadors here at Title Source Inc. have put on. It has been one amazing summer and hopefully I get to come back again!
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