Intern Life

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Intern Life

August 19, 2014
posted by Emily Brandenstein

Interns travel by bus, bike, car, and train to get to our Chicago headquarters Monday through Friday. Every morning, they ride past the World’s Largest Wagon that stands proudly in front of Radio Flyer’s offices and are reminded that this company is much larger than just a “little red wagon.” We are a company dedicated to the larger goal of bringing smiles to kids of all ages and creating warm memories that last a lifetime. Our interns play an important part in making this happen.

Interns work in our marketing, product development, information technology, supply chain, sales, customer service, accounting, and human resources departments. You can find interns at Radio Flyer year-round, but summertime is when the count is at its highest. This summer, we have 17 interns that have come to us from places ranging from Korea to Argentina, Maine to Michigan, to right here in Chicago. This diversity of young people that participate in our internship program is what makes the work culture here fun and unique.

Summers at Radio Flyer are always kicked off with an intern social, in which all the interns and their managers spend time together playing games, eating frozen treats, and most importantly, getting to know each other. Not too long after this, interns join the rest of the company in building a playground for an underprivileged Chicago community neighbors through partnering with the non-profit organization, KaBOOM! You can read all about our work with KaBOOM! in this blog post.

 Here’s what we heard when we asked our current interns about their experience at Radio Flyer so far:

Brad, our product development engineer intern, reflected on his experience at Radio Flyer: “Each day is unique. One day I might be out in the shop building a prototype to take home for testing. Another day I might be working out the details of a design in CAD (computer-aided design) that we put together in a brainstorm earlier that day.”

“The most fulfilling part of my job was seeing how the work I put in was actually used to better the company,” said our e-commerce intern, Brian. Erica, a graphic design intern, says her favorite part about working at Radio Flyer is “being surrounded by such hard-working, dedicated, positive people who love what they do.” Andrea, also interning in graphic design, says she has learned a great deal from “having the responsibility to work on projects that actually get to be implemented. This and the friendly Radio Flyer community make me feel less like an intern and more like an employee at Radio Flyer.”

Radio Flyer provides meaningful work and challenging assignments to interns to help them grow in their careers and in life. Not only is this beneficial for interns, it develops a talent pipeline of future Flyers and provides leadership opportunities for our intern managers. “We want to provide interns a full “Flyer” experience which allows them to experience our employment brand, which means loving their job, growing, being part of the family and being proud of both their work and to have worked at Radio Flyer” said Amy, VP of Radio Flyer Human Resources.

I am particularly proud of my work at Radio Flyer, as it is my second summer interning in the marketing department. The fact that I am able to have my own words and photographs published on has been hugely rewarding, as I am studying journalism and photography in school and am getting great experience in my field. Not to mention the fact that I get to work with creative, enthusiastic people every day. My summer here is coming to a close, and I am very sad to see it go.

If you or anyone you know is interested in jumping on the Radio Flyer intern bandwagon (pun intended), see our Careers page for more information. 

  • End of summer group picture in front of The World's Largest Wagon
  • Interns and managers playing games at the intern social
  • Enjoying ice cream together at the intern social
  • Interns on KaBOOM! build day
  • Interns at the KaBOOM! after-party
  • Graphic design interns working on packaging design
  • An intern working in our Quality Assurance Lab
  • Me riding the scooter gifted to us by Radio Flyer as an end of summer thank you gift!