Take two college sophomores, and give them the opportunity to take what they have learned in the classroom and see it used in the real world. You would have this summer’s Accounting and Property Management Interns here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg, Realtors. This summer the interns are being challenged with large projects and some daily tasks that improve the organization and efficiency of the department that cannot be otherwise handled within the boundaries of a normal day. The interns’ main goal is to create systems that improve the department, long after they leave. This year, the interns are affectionately known as the problem children, or Kate and Luke for short.
Hi my name is Luke I am a sophomore at Indiana University Southeast and have had the privilege to be one of the interns here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg, Realtors. My summer projects include an audit of all our commercial properties, organization of hundreds of keys, and creating spreadsheets allowing us to work through problems and create better systems. Beyond these projects I also have daily work to accomplish, such as answering the phone, posting rent, mailings, and learning about and updating our new property management software, Appfolio. This summer has already taught me more than I could have ever imagined I would have learned. I owe a lot of that to credit the amazing staff that I get to work with whom have gone out of their way to make sure that I have adapted into my role as quickly and smoothly as possible.
And I’m Kate, a sophomore at the University of Kentucky. Go Cats! Working for such an incredible team and with a boss who takes every spare moment to teach, has been such a blessing. I cannot begin to sum up how much I have learned. My daily tasks of posting all company bills to QuickBooks, putting confidential files in the shred bin, and cleaning up excel sheets have taught me how to do things a little at a time. My big projects of writing the department’s job descriptions, implementing this blog you are reading, and organizing the agent files have taught me how to meet deadlines while working on other things. I hope my improvements will outlast my time here, and I know the skills and lessons I have been taught will stick with me long after I have left.
You must be wondering why we’re called the problem children since you have now seen all of what we do well. Let’s start out with the fact that two people who had never met one another treat each other like brother and sister. Our boss Shannon is like our mother, and breaking up our quarrels. Every day is certainly an adventure.
Kate and Luke