One of our core values at Wellington Group is Active Community Outreach. We live this out through a variety of ways such as volunteering monthly at a nursing home, Anita is a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters and we have a solid internship program. Believing internships are one of the best ways to expand the experience and knowledge of a particular career field, we love to provide a “behind the scenes” experience for students every semester.
Our latest addition to the office is Chidi Anyadike, a junior at Dartmouth College who had, after a few short weeks, already been dubbed as “rock star intern”.
Wellington Group puts a large focus on making internships more than just making coffee runs. We really invest in providing a dynamic experience to help students gain experience to pilot them into the professional world and provide them with the tools and working knowledge of how a business is run. When asked what Chidi wanted to gain out of her semester internship she replied, “I am hoping to learn what it’s like to function in a professional/office environment, as well as learning to work under more strict deadlines. I also want to learn about the PR industry and how it adds to businesses. I am learning so much about what it means to run a business and all the thoughtful and purposeful decisions you have to make”.
Chidi has already been hard at work writing new hire releases, drafting contributed articles, blog posts, newsletters, and editing media lists. “My favorite piece to write” Chidi explains, “was the MLK Day email and it was the one I got the most positive feedback on. I liked it because I got to read through many of his speeches and other people’s reflections on him. I even got to reach out to one of my old history professors, Susannah Heschel, who knew him when she was a little girl. Her father was THE premier Jewish theologian of the 20th century and she has written a lot about his friendship with Dr. King during the Civil Rights Movement.”
Her dreams don’t just end at producing great articles, though. “I just recently decided I’m going to graduate school after college”, says Chidi when asked about her dreams for the future, “and I think I would really like to start my own charity.” We love that, Chidi! “I grew up Methodist and I was very actively involved in missions all throughout high school. I think my favorite mission trip was re-building a woman’s home in the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina. Currently, I am a mentor for children in a housing development in Vermont. I am also philanthropy chair of my sorority, so I am in charge of organizing a lot of service work for other people, too. In the future, I think I would really like to go back to Morocco and do work with women’s projects there.”
Chidi enjoys other parts of Wellington Group as well. “I really like learning about ‘young adult women’ life. I am usually around college students all the time and it’s so inspiring to be around really smart, mature, and passionate women who do such interesting things!” While Chidi recognizes how busy it is around here, and how it’s sometimes hard to even catch a breath in the business of the day, she appreciates the office holds true to another one of its core values, “work hard… laugh hard”. “I was pleasantly surprised on my first day when I noticed the atmosphere was so playful. I think it makes me more comfortable asking questions or asking for help when I don’t understand a task I’ve been given. I think we also eat hard, too…”, so says the queen of Girl Scout cookies, who makes sure we always have plenty of Carmel Delights for our 3 o’clock munchies.
Chidi says the best part of this company is “Wellington Group cares a lot about its customers—their businesses as well as the other aspects of their lives. It’s really refreshing to see after all the business meetings are done, WG is able to have a genuine conversation with its customers!”
We care a lot about Chidi too, and are thankful to have this “rock star” intern on our team.
Written by Kendall Hanna