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Quicken Loans: Not Your Average Internship - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

Living in Detroit and not knowing about Quicken Loans is like living in New York City and not knowing about Times Square.

I’m a student at Wayne State University who has lived in Detroit for several years now. I have seen firsthand how Quicken Loans is shaping Detroit’s revitalization. Currently, over 13,000 team members work in the city of Detroit since Quicken Loans relocated here from Livonia, Mich., in 2010. The company is clearly growing, and we are fortunate, as team members, to be a part of that.

I knew in my heart that I wanted to join this company since it’s so integral to creating positive change throughout the city. To my excitement, I landed a spot as an intern on the Marketing team. It’s hard to put into words just how special it is here. The culture, the people, the city – there’s opportunity everywhere. The internship program at Quicken Loans is really just as mind-blowing as people say it is, and here’s why.

Development Opportunities

The most remarkable aspect of interning for Quicken Loans is the opportunity for professional development. As an intern, each day I have the chance to apply my skills and acquire new ones.

My area of study, public relations, doesn’t emphasize digital literacy. But in order to stay competitive, it’s important to have a basic understanding of coding. I never in a million years thought my Quicken Loans marketing internship could lead to an actual class on coding, but the company brought in instructors from Grand Circus to teach a two-hour introductory class on the fundamentals of JavaScript and HTML. Not only was the class free for us, but we were paid to be there!

As the world grows increasingly more digital, I’m lucky to have been able to learn these skills – and that class only scratches the surface of what I learned while interning. Leaders of successful startups like StockX, Quikly and LevelEleven along with larger companies like Rock Ventures joined forces to put together an entrepreneurial panel exclusively for Quicken Loans interns. We heard tips and tricks on how to overcome adversity and pursue our business goals.

The objective of an internship is to advance your career, and Quicken Loans takes this very seriously. Recruiters even set up one-on-one sessions with interns interested in sharpening their interview skills, and next week, we’re diving into the basics of building a personal brand with a LinkedIn workshop.

It’s difficult not to learn here.

Supportive Leadership

My team leader is truly invested in my success. I’ll never forget my first day on the job, when he sat me down and asked, “What do you want to learn from your internship?”

His question set the tone for my whole summer. My leader is genuinely committed to helping me make the most out of my experience. I’m encouraged to ask questions, show curiosity and take initiative. I even have the flexibility to connect with people beyond my team. I’ve now shadowed team members who work in other areas of the business, such as social media, public relations, business intelligence, capital markets and more. I participate in meetings and work on exciting projects impacting Quicken Loans. My favorite project so far? Supporting promotional activities for the Quicken Loans partnership with the movie “Star Trek Beyond.”

Something Bigger

A common question millennials ask themselves when looking for work is, “Does this company care about people?” Quicken Loans understands the importance of community involvement so much so that they’ve built an entire internal platform designed to match team members with volunteer opportunities.

Through the internship program, I volunteered with Summer in the City, where we buddied up with youngsters living in Detroit and Hamtramck. For a whole day, interns and our respective buddies walked downtown, read books, rode the People Mover and cooled off at the fountain on the RiverWalk. This experience gave us a new perspective on the revitalization of Detroit, and I was particularly touched by my interaction with the buddy I was matched up with. At one point during the day, I realized that even though buildings are being restored and businesses are flocking here, there are children who were born and raised here. This is their city, and their narrative is important.

You may not read about the magnitude of work that Quicken Loans is doing in the neighborhoods beyond the downtown area, but there’s something amazing happening here. I’m happy to work for a company that empowers its team members through community outreach.

If you want to be a part of a company that offers development opportunities, with leaders who are invested in your future and give you the opportunity to be a part of something bigger, take a look at the Quicken Loans careers website and see if there’s a position that’s right for you!

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