Written by Cheyenne Yost
Mark List – Human Resources
Mark List is one of two human resource interns here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/International, Inc. I call Mark a veteran intern because he knows the ins and outs of Home Office, and it is his second summer interning here. When I met Mark on my first day, I didn’t even realize he was an intern, he was very helpful and organized; I assumed he was a long-term employee! After interviewing Mark, here’s what he had to say about his second summer as an HR intern.
Q: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background.
Mark: I was born and raised here in Lansing. My father is a civil engineer for Golder Associates, an international firm, and my mother works here at Home Office as the IT service operations manager. I have one older sister who is an electrical engineer at Dematic in Grand Rapids, Mich. I attend Grand Valley State University where I am majoring in business with a human resources emphasis and considering using it as a pre-law degree. I also run cross country/track and field for Grand Valley.
Q: What made you decide to intern at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® for a second summer?
Mark: This company has directly influenced my life. My mother has worked here since I was eight years old, and I am so thankful for that. After I interned here last summer, I was really just excited for the brand and telling people how I worked here. Once I got back to campus and started my classes, I saw the bigger picture with everything this company had taught me. I learned so much here last year that I wanted to return because of the practical knowledge I gained at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.
Q: What are your day-to-day tasks here at the office?
Mark: I monitor scores and information through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration about our franchises and their safety on the roads. I bounce back and forth between here and the Lansing franchise to help with monthly meetings and spot checks. I also assist with the internal risk management newsletter and gather that information. I get to see a little bit of everything, and I’m very lucky to always be on the move!
Q: What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned while interning here?
Mark: The most valuable thing I’ve learned is to always ask questions if you don’t understand or are unsure of something. The people at this company have always been so helpful. Last year I had so many questions as I tried to figure out who handled what and inevitably had to go outside of my department to find the answers. No matter who I asked, they were always patient and very helpful toward me. The Home Office employees are amazing like that!
Q: Has the internship taught you anything about your field of study?
Mark: Risk management is “in” if you will. The priority for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is to keep its employee’s safe while exceeding our customers’ expectations. This means always updating policies and finding new technology that helps keep us safe in the office and out on the roads.
Q: Do you have any advice for the other interns?
Mark: Absolutely! I have two things: First, get to know everyone you possibly can here, and at the Lansing franchise. I asked for help so much last year and everyone supported in any way they could. Second, take this whole experience in. This is an international company and interning here means something, so continue to grow.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
Mark: I’m hoping to stay on here in the risk management department if the opportunity arises. If not that, I am considering going to law school and specializing in employment and labor law.
Q: Okay, final question. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring 3 items, what would you choose and why?
Mark: Alright the three things I would bring are:
- A Bible. I’d bring this because my parents raised me in the church and it always has the answer.
- A hammock. Reading my Bible in a hammock in the shade …yes please.
- A fishing pole. Going fishing in my spare time would be pretty great. Not a bad life to live!
- A best friend named Wilson (who happens to be a volleyball). Simply because without anyone to talk to, I’d feel like a castaway.
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