First Day At Build-A-Bear Workshop
June 7, 2010 Leave a comment
Today was my first day at my summer internship at the World Bearquarters of Build A Bear Workshop in St. Louis. I am working 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. I definitely enjoyed myself, but these full work days will take some getting used to. I had to add extra time to drive in traffic and dress up. I have a professional email address (@buildabear.com) and voice mail. I felt like that should be someone else, not me. I guess we all have to grow up sometime. Luckily, I work at an exciting place so I can still be a kid sometimes.
When I got to work, we had orientation and a tour for all of the interns. We met first in the boardroom where there was a folder with my name labeled “International Intern Bear”. I was pretty excited. I was pretty busy today. I learned about the 4-5+ projects I will be working on, met a lot of the staff, sat in on conference calls and meetings, etc. I learned about the international franchising process, about Build A Bear operations, expansion/franchising plans in Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa, and sat in on meetings with the team that runs the Build A Bear stores in Germany. I will be joining them again for much of the day tomorrow.
So far, so good. Build A Bear seems like a great place. They people seem really nice. I definitely have already learned a lot and I know this summer will be a great learning and growth experience. I am sad not to be back at camp this summer (I am staying in touch with the people there and plan to visit several times), but Build A Bear seems to have been the right choice for my future so far.