Athens, OH 2 September 2015 –
This Summer I was a software engineering intern at Trunk Club, a Chicago-based men’s (and now women’s) outfitter. Going into it, I assumed I would learn a lot about programming, but I did so much more than write code.
During my first week on the job, I was invited by a co-worker to join a Trunk Club beach volleyball team as part of the Chicago Sports and Social Club. I was no MVP but I still had a great time. Little did I know this was just the tip of the outside-of-work-activities iceberg.
My second week, we moved across the street to a new space, leaving behind the coffee shop and eighty-foot bar. Needless to say, we missed our amenities and decided to build a bar in the new space. One of my co-workers drafted a plan for a modular bar and proposed we build it. After several weekend trips to Home Depot and a rotating crew, we built ourselves a bar and stocked it with local coffee and brews.
One of the most fun parts was Trunk Club’s tech teams taking turns sponsoring themed parties every other Thursday. Parties this Summer included “Pokémon”, “Kentucky Derby”, and my favorite, “80s Wrestle Mania”. The 80s Wrestle Mania party consisted of 80s hair metal, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and a Rock’em Sock’em Robots tournament in which I took second place.
My trophy was a silver spray painted action figure screwed to the top of a piece of wood left over from the bar stuck in a plastic cup.
I had a great time during my internship and I am looking forward to returning as a full-time employee after I graduate next Spring.