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National Intern Day: Going Behind-the-Scenes with Inspire’s Summer Interns

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By Jessica Shock

Inspire’s 2023 Summer Internship Program is in full swing, with 68 summer interns from 16 states and six countries across the company’s support centers. With 42 schools and dozens of majors represented, Inspire’s interns are supporting countless teams and projects across the company. In addition to hands-on experience in their field, this summer’s Internship Program features engaging opportunities like “Ask Me Anything” sessions with company leadership, roundtable discussions with Inspire subject matter experts, and culinary tasting and education sessions.

To provide students an inside look at how the restaurant business operates, Atlanta-based interns embarked on a tour across Atlanta for a behind-the-scenes look at Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and the Inspire Brands Innovation Center.

For Guillermo Armstrong, a Finance Intern from New York University, the Innovation Center was a never-before-seen look at the restaurant industry. “It was incredibly exciting,” says Guillermo. “Seeing the cutting-edge innovation being tested for restaurant implementation was so interesting.”

Administrative Services Intern Michelle Kim, a student at Emory University, echoed that excitement. “The Operations Innovation team truly helped us understand how innovation develops, from ideation to testing to a real kitchen environment.”

Sam Dean, a Government Affairs Intern from Emory University, is a self-identified sports bar enthusiast. “The new Buffalo Wild Wings location in Atlanta – with its upstairs patio, huge TVs, cornhole, and grass turf – felt like the ideal sports bar environment. The team was super welcoming as we toured the front and heart of house. Everyone was so engaging and took the time to share their own expertise.”

Supporting the Inspire Brands Foundation, intern Emma Crab from the University of Georgia regularly works with team members to support community volunteering and was excited to learn more about the restaurants they operate. “Having never seen the inner workings of a quick-service restaurant, getting to see behind-the-scenes at Arby’s was incredibly eye-opening. Every detail was so well planned, from the Heat n’ Hold ovens to the layout of the sandwich building line.”

The Arby’s team even had something fun in store – a surprise birthday party for the restaurant’s Division Vice President, Marcus Philips. “We learned so much from Marcus and his team – not only about running a restaurant, but also about fostering great culture,” says Andrew Strait, Enterprise Communications Intern from the University of Tennessee.

As they approach the final weeks of the program, Inspire’s interns are reflecting on a summer well-spent. Joseph Hott, End User Support Intern and University of North Georgia student, says, “My internship with Inspire has been transformational for my life. I have discovered my career interests, worked alongside industry experts, and received invaluable advice from so many hardworking professionals. “

Interested in an internship with Inspire? Visit our Internship Program Careers Page.