HC Brands represents six core values: Passion, Grit, Winning, Collaboration, Accountability and Curiosity. Every day, the HC Brands team strives to excel at these values, and now we’re offering students the chance to grow with us! As part of our spirit of philanthropy and giving, we’ve now expanded our business to include an Education Department. Education at HC Brands includes a yearly scholarship awarded to one winning essay writer, and four unique paid internship opportunities!
The HC Brands Scholarship
Each year in January, HC Brands will award a $1,000 scholarship to one communications or marketing student (or similar determined by HC Brands). This scholarship is open to all US Citizens, and will be awarded to the winning essay of 1,000 – 1,200 words. Visit our scholarship page for more information and how to apply.
HC Brands Internships
Individuals looking to gain real, hands-on experience in their field of interest can now do it here at HC Brands! We’re excited to announce that we’ve established four paid internship opportunities! We have welcomed interns in the past, but with an established program, application process, and devoted Education Team, we will be able to offer the best experience possible to those looking for real experience and the chance to contribute to a growing eCommerce business.
Marketing and SEO – The marketing internship, open to one student from June to August each year, will provide real experience in SEO, product copywriting, reporting, PPC, social media, marketplaces like Etsy and Jane, and more. Marketing students will finish the internship program with real experience that will bolster his or her resume, including use of programs like Google Analytics, aHrefs, and Magento. The marketing internship is lead by Senior SEO Manager, Amber Bailey and Vice President of Digital Marketing, Chris Warren. Any passionate writer, data analyst or social media wiz will thrive on this fun and energetic team.
Finance – Students who are passionate about numbers will thrive under Controller Erin Poirer’s leadership. “Our finance interns will gain practical experience in the constantly growing field of finance and eCommerce,” says Erin. Any individual interested in, or pursuing a degree in finance or accounting can apply for this summer internship that will be available from June to August each year. Finance interns will be posting transactions, generating a wide variety of reports, creating and updating budgets, and analyzing financial data.
Manufacturing and Customer Care – Under the leadership of Chief Operating Officer Lee Pinkerton, manufacturing and customer care interns will learn a wide range of skills. From Lean six sigma, operations, purchasing and planning to customer service, interns will learn eCommerce operations from top to bottom, and take away real skills that will help build their careers. Dates are flexible from February to August, and we welcome more than one intern during this time frame. Each internship will last 8-9 weeks, and will expose students to the bustling order fulfillment and customer focus atmosphere of a growing eCommerce company.
About Our Past Interns:
Liam Hoffecker, Operations and Marketing student at Indiana University
The ideal internship program is designed to help students cultivate real job experience, but HC Brands provides much more than that. “The people are friendly and always willing to help,” says Liam Hoffecker, a second-time intern at HC Brands. Liam is a sophomore at IU, majoring in Operations Management and Marketing, and during his second internship at HC Brands, he completed three major projects that provide real value to the company, including a fulfillment center staffing model and customer service performance report. He also assisted in production, making and shipping product and gaining an understanding of what real eCommerce looks like at all phases.
In the summer of 2018, before his senior year of high school, Liam joined HC Brands as a Marketing intern. He gained experience in Ebay and Amazon marketing, and received training in Search Engine Optimization, photo editing and Magento.
“I felt welcomed at HC Brands, and I got to do meaningful things that left an impact on me,” says Liam.
HC Brands works with students of all ages. From hosting a yearly elementary school field trip, and back-to-school drives, to helping high school and college students build their resumes and gain real work experience, HC Brands is passionate about education.
Matthew Joseph, Business student at Indiana University
Matthew Joseph joined HC Brands as a marketing intern in June 2020. “I had my own desk, and my own team, and I went to work everyday knowing what I was going to do,” says Matthew.
“During the difficulties of 2020 and the pandemic, HC Brands taught me how important culture is,” he says.
During Matthew’s time as an intern, he attended industry leading online conferences such as SMX and Mozcon, shared his ideas with owner and CEO Bryan Croft, contributed ideas for site usability and more.
Matthew gained hands-on experience with link building and outreach, reporting, competitor analysis, Magento, Google Analytics, and wrote SEO and product copy. Read Matthew’s blogs about how to wear face masks properly, and why name tags are important for cultivating employee creativity.
The Education Team at HC Brands is lead by professionals with decades of experience in their fields.
Meet the HC Brands leadership team here.
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