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Intern Spotlight

Intern Spotlight

Merchants is excited to welcome Cole Horton for this summer as an intern in the Human Resources Department. Cole is currently a student at Drake University and plans to graduate in December 2020 with an MBA in Marketing. We asked Cole a few questions to get to know him a little bit better…


Q: What has your experience at Merchants been like so far?

A: Merchants has been an incredible opportunity so far. I have explored projects and topics that I am passionate about and I feel the work I do is not only appreciated, but is also beneficial. Every day is different and the variety of work I get is unlike any I’ve had before. Merchants has been an AWESOME opportunity so far and I look forward to more great opportunities in the future.


Q: What are you looking forward to most  this summer?

A: I am really looking forward to the intern events. We have already had one social event and getting to know the other interns was a blast. I am looking forward our Escape Room social and some awesome panels we have on the calendar. Getting to hear from current employees about their experiences as well as any advice they have is extremely rewarding and I feel like I will gain a significant amount of insight from them.


Q: What are you hoping to get out of your internship?

A: I am really looking to get practical experience. Considering I have now received my undergraduate degree, a lot of doors have opened and the practical experience aspect of the internship will be crucial to my future success in the business world. The classroom can only teach you so much, so I am looking forward to being able to apply what I have learned to opportunities at Merchants.


The goal for Merchants’ internships is to not only provide an environment for learning in the intern’s field of study, but also offer a culture where interns are able to obtain valuable career guidance from mentors and team members who truly care about the development of talent.


We look forward to spending more time with Cole over the course of this summer. Welcome!