When Anna Haveman came to Calvin, she wasn't sure what she wanted to do. But she knew she wanted to find something that blended logic and creativity.
When she heard about the marketing major, she knew it was for her. What she didn’t know was that she’d end up working for Blue Cross Blue Shield.
What does your day-to-day work at your internship look like?
At Blue Cross Blue Shield, my official title is “sales and marketing intern,” but I do a lot of data analysis. I create reports and templates for representatives to show clients. I also get to network at several events, which is a lot of fun.
What is one of your biggest challenges in your internship?
The most challenging part is learning people’s names. There are eight floors in my building, so I meet a lot of people. Knowing people’s names is crucial for networking, and unfortunately, it’s one of my biggest weaknesses. I try to connect with co-workers on LinkedIn before I forget their names.
When you think about the “Calvin difference,” what comes to mind?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have awesome professors. They’ve been knowledgeable and have put in the time and effort to help me pursue my passions. My advisor, and favorite professor, has helped me find a lot of opportunities for growth.
My professors have taught me what it means to be professional. They’ve also encouraged me to go to the Career Center and practice interviews, which has helped me immensely. And they’ve taught me a lot about public speaking. I’ve gotten a lot more comfortable with it since being at Calvin.
What do you want to do next?
I’m also a sport management major. I’d love to work with a sports marketing agency or look for endorsements for professional athletes. Working with the Detroit Pistons’ marketing team is the dream. I want to do something that combines my love of sports with my love of marketing.