Culture: Intern Class of 2017

Culture: Intern Class of 2017

Who exactly are the All Terrain Class of 2017 Interns? Glad you asked. Check out our rapid-fire Q & A session with them that covered our industry, their jobs and their quirks.

Lydia – Creative Intern


Born and raised in Evanston, IL, Lydia can be found acquiring unique finds from vintage shops when she’s not studying graphic design and informatics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A self-proclaimed food critic, Lydia enjoys finding and eating at new restaurants throughout Chicago.

Describe your job in one word:
Exciting

What made you want to work at All Terrain?
Experiential marketing is a facet of marketing that I had yet to learn about and I thought, what better way to comprehend this method than to be a part of it.

What’s your favorite quirk about All Terrain?
I love DJ-ing for the office music. It’s a fun way to get to know everyone, feel at ease in the office, and hear some new music.

What’s one thing you wish you knew about All Terrain before applying?
I wish I knew more about the cool neighborhood it’s in, because I don’t have as much time to try every single restaurant and coffee shop.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
This is a loaded question! I think successfully rebranding the Illinois Leadership Center is my greatest achievement. I worked within each department of the organization and we collectively created our look and feel by defining our story, which eventually lead to a new website and all new print production.

Just for fun, what are two truths & a lie of yours?
1) I speak another language.
2) My grandpa invented pop-tarts.
3) I have met Hillary Duff.

Molly – Business Development Intern


Tackling a double-major in Communication and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Molly makes sure to stay busy during the school year by holding the position as President of her all female a capella group.

Describe your job in one word:
Research

What made you want to work at All Terrain?
The fun environment! I knew I would learn a lot but it would never get boring.

What’s your favorite quirk about All Terrain?
The promotional materials we’re sent! I’ve gotten a cool hat, key chain, water bottle, fidget spinner, and a branded computer cleaning wipe.

What’s one thing you wish you knew about All Terrain before applying?
We get so much one on one attention from executives. It’s great to work so closely with people who have been in the business for a long time. Having their guidance is invaluable!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Easily, getting into Whitney Young for high school. It really set me up to be successful in college and the working world. It’s allowed me to get to know people from all walks of life.

Just for fun, what are two truths & a lie of yours?
1) My mom and I have the same birthday.
2) I can eat three Big Macs in under ten minutes.
3) I have broken my ankle four times.

Connor – Account Service Intern


Commuting a solid two hours from Richmond, Connor is an account service intern who jams to Frank Ocean for motivation and loves whipping up any and all kinds of pasta dishes in his spare time.

Describe your job in one word:
Cooperative

What made you want to work at All Terrain?
I knew very little about the logistics of experiential marketing and wanted to learn how they were carried out within a successful agency.

What’s your favorite quirk about All Terrain?
The dogs, duh!

What’s one thing you wish you knew about All Terrain before applying?
How great the culture and communication is at this agency.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Helping create a charitable organization at my school and planning/executing a 5K fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (WIU Fighting MS). My work included marketing, promotion, and registration aspects.

Just for fun, what are two truths & a lie of yours?
1) I can’t whistle.
2) I played baseball in high school.
3) I hate cilantro.

Cecily – Account Service Intern


Cecily is a worldly woman as she is a triple citizen of Germany, London, and America. Studying marketing at College of William and Mary, she enjoys playing tennis competitively. If you’re looking for her this summer, you can find her doing all things tourist around Chicago.

Describe your job in one word:
Interactive

What made you want to work at All Terrain?
The office culture really appealed to me as somewhere I could see myself fitting in. I also thought it would be a great place to learn a lot in a fun environment.

What’s your favorite quirk about All Terrain?
The banter that everyone has with each other.

What’s one thing you wish you knew about All Terrain before applying?
Be prepared to spend money on Uber Eats if you forget to bring a lunch.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Starting as a walk-on, but going on to earn a full scholarship for tennis at my university.

Just for fun, what are two truths & a lie of yours?
1) I have completed a marathon.
2) I have climbed the Great Wall of China.
3) My great grandfather was a F1 racer.

Janelle – Account Service Intern


A travel enthusiast, lover of new experiences, and proud Millennial, Janelle is a marketing major at Illinois State University. She thrives by staying busy but when she does have free time she enjoys finding a good read and discovering new music.

Describe your job in one word:
Challenging, (in a good way)

What made you want to work at All Terrain?
After interning at All Terrain last summer, I quickly learned that the company valued experiences, culture, self-growth, and determination. It’s a place I knew I wanted to be.

What’s your favorite quirk about All Terrain?
The people. End of story.

What’s one thing you wish you knew about All Terrain before applying?
I would never have to visit a Petco again because there are puppies and dogs in the office every day.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Anytime I make myself dinner that isn’t ramen noodles. In all seriousness, I like to think of my achievements as an aggregation of a number of trying efforts. Whether that’s taking 3 online courses while having a full-time internship and enduring endless amounts of FOMO while my friends were gallivanting around fun places this summer, there are steps that have brought me to where I am today and I’m extremely proud of that.

Just for fun, what are two truths & a lie of yours?
1) I’ve been on a safari in Africa.
2) I’ve jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.
3) I put mustard on EVERYTHING.

Revealing the lies:

Lydia – I speak another language.
Molly – I can eat three Big Macs in under ten minutes.
Connor – I played baseball in high school.
Cecily – I have completed a marathon.
Janelle – I put mustard on EVERYTHING.

-Janelle Rietschel, Account Service Intern