It was maybe January 2018 when I was offered an internship at Rosso & Flynn with the premise that I'd get to do data manipulation. As a vegetarian, nearly vegan, I wasn't the most excited about working at a company that sold meat, but the money seemed like a good trade for my time and effort on Thursdays and Fridays.
During the school year, I got to use my increased knowledge of Excel, applying skills I gained in my Chemical Computing class. From using pivot tables to VLOOKUP commands, I took the knowledge I was previously tested on and turned them into fluency. Every day I showed up to work, there were SQL queries to be written, macros to manipulate, and problems that begged to be solved.
When summer rolled around, I was caught in a difficult position. I was offered a continued internship with Rosso & Flynn, but I was also given competing offers at various other places. After long deliberation, I decided to continue working for the tech startup. And this is why...
As an intern at a startup, nobody can afford to send you to get the coffee orders-- there's too much to do at every moment. I've been allowed to implement a variety of skills, doing food photography and editing in Lightroom, writing more complicated queries in SQL to return customer data in a way that's easily manipulated for me to create delivery routes, bag labels, and purchase orders, and advertising via social media. I've been forced to learn on the job, figuring out how to create gifs in Photoshop, using tools such as EZ Texting, Mailchimp, Ship Station, and ParcelCast. I've proposed pricing strategy, doing branding activities with the team, and optimized our operations. I'm not just the intern, I'm an employee treated with the same respect that every other Rosso & Flynn employee receives.
I'm also learning much more than the technical skills. I'm learning the importance of customer care, communication between team members, and accountability. The work I do at Rosso & Flynn has a real effect on our success from week to week, and the level of responsibility I have to the team and our customers has taught me how to be better at time management, how to explore the places I can improve, and when to lean on my teammates for help. I've had to learn how to think long term without losing sight of immediate tasks and I've improved my ability to network, convince people of a mission, and connect on a human level.
And although the food industry is not exactly the traditional path of Chemical Engineering or Film majors, I hope that I will stay at Rosso & Flynn for a while. My coworkes have taught me so much about life, and they support everything I do from school to my activism to my small modeling career to my life milestones, they're there for me every step of the way. The best part, if I'm revolutionizing the food industry with people who I love-- this humanely raised, grass-fed, zero-waste, supporting local movement is here to stay, and I hope you consider ordering from Rosso & Flynn.