Meet the Team: Summer 2019 Interns

tilr is excited to show off our marketing, business development, and QA interns for this summer!

By: Brian Gaysunas

It’s officially summer, and with the start of summer comes our newest class of interns. We’re excited to see what our interns will accomplish this summer and wanted to share their stories and how they’ll make tilr even better. Welcome Summer 2019 Interns!

 

MEET IRELAND

Tell us about yourself!

Hi everyone! I’m going to be a senior at Miami University this fall. I am double majoring in Communications and Entrepreneurship. I’m originally from Troy, Ohio (North of Dayton). This summer, I’m super excited to be living with my aunt, uncle & cousins, 4 boys all under the age of ten! When I’m not in Cincinnati, you can find me in Northern Indiana at Lake Wawasee, hanging out with friends & family.

 

What are you doing for tilr this summer?

As a marketing intern this summer, I am focusing on B2B marketing strategies. I am also taking a focus on tilr’s social media presence.

 

What was your dream job as a kid?

My dream job as a kid was to be a teacher. I enjoy helping my siblings and friends when I was little. I don’t think I could control a classroom full of children though.

 

What was your first job?

Technically, my first job was selling lemonade. My sister was in charge of the money while myself and a friend made up the sales team. My friend was in a powered wheelchair, so we had to use it to our advantage. I stood on the back with the lemonade as we went door to door taking orders & delivering the lemonade to our customers instead of them having to come to us. My much less exciting “real” job was working at a golf course.

 

What skill would you most want to learn?

A skill I most want to learn is how to fly a plane. This comes from my fear of planes and helicopters. I believe if I learn then mechanics and skills that come with flying, I’ll have a better understanding of how planes work, and perhaps be less terrified.

 

What made you choose your field of study?

I chose to study Communications since I really enjoyed English in high school along with the opportunity to solve problems with different communication tactics. Entrepreneurship came later when I was looking for a more creative outlet for my creativity and problem solving skills.

 


 

MEET NICK

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Nick Mahoney, and I’m 20 years old. I’m a swimmer at Xavier University, and going to be a junior this fall! I major in health services administration, with a minor in business. I’m from Suwannee, Georgia which is a suburb of Atlanta.

 

What are you doing for tilr this summer?

I’m a business development intern at tilr. I’m going around and working for every department this summer, but with a focus on the marketing and sales teams!

 

What is an unexpected skill that you have?

I can make a mean milkshake.

 

What made you choose your field of study?

I started off as a nursing major in college, and after about half a semester I decided those science classes were not for me. I still wanted to work in healthcare, so I decided to switch to health services administration, which is the business side of healthcare.

 

What skill would you most want to learn?

I used to be able to play the guitar and I wish I had stuck with it.

 

 


 

MEET REBECCA

Tell us about yourself!

I am a UofT Engineering Science student. I will be starting my third year in September, and will be majoring in robotics. I was born in Toronto but love traveling. I have always been athletic and enjoy a variety of arts. I’ve been a dancer from the age of 3, started playing piano at the age of about 4; I love to draw, swim, and go on adventures. Next thing on my list of things to do is skydiving.

 

What are you doing for tilr this summer?

I am a QA (quality assurance) intern for tilr. I test all the apps before releases to ensure no major bugs get missed and to improve user experience as much as possible. I’m also automating all of the regression tests to minimize the amount of time spent manually testing the products each month.

 

What was your first job?

My first job was as a swimming instructor and life guard. It was a great excuse to always be in the pool in the summer.

 

What skill would you most want to learn?

I love trying new things so my list is quite long, but I’ve always thought it would be fun to try martial arts or archery. Or playing the guitar. I love music, so being able to play whenever, wherever would be incredible.

 

What made you choose your field of study?

I never actually knew I wanted to be an engineer, but I loved math and science and thought Engineering Science sounded exciting and challenging, so I applied. When I was accepted, I felt I had to give it a try. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made because I accidentally found something I love.

 

What is an unexpected skill that you have?

I can probably sleep through an explosion and not know anything happened.

 

What was your dream job as a kid?

As a kid I was just as indecisive as I am today. I never really knew what I wanted to do, but I remember talking about being a magician, or building something really cool.

 


 

MEET RILEY

Tell us about yourself!

I am from Dayton, Ohio and am currently a Marketing and Business Law student at the University of Cincinnati entering my final semester. At school, I am President of Zeta Tau Alpha, a social sorority, and am involved in the Student Alumni Council.

 

What are you doing for tilr this summer?

I am one of three marketing interns for tilr this summer. I will be working on tilr’s newsletters and events, focusing on public relations and maintaining the tilr brand.

 

What was your first job?

My first job was being a Special Events Coordinator for children’s and youth events at the mid-sized church I grew up attending, Stillwater United Methodist Church. My best friend, Josie, and I got to take on our first paid job together & plan some really awesome events for 2 years before I moved on to the glorious job of scooping ice cream.

 

What made you choose your field of study?

In high school, I was heavily involved in DECA which is a business and marketing organization. Through DECA, I was exposed to the key principles of marketing and got to compete at the state and national level. This experience inspired me to pursue marketing at my major. Since high school, other internship experiences have heightened my interest in compliance and risk management, which inspired me to declare a business law minor.

 

What is an unexpected skill that you have?

I can wake up the very first time my alarm goes off (which feels impressive some days) and make my bed each morning before getting ready for the day.

 

What was your dream job as a kid?

As a kid, I dreamed of becoming an author. My friend and I actually spent the summer before fourth grade composing a book, complete with terrible illustrations and I am sure tons of plagiarism.

 


 

MEET TURNER

Tell us about yourself!

I am a marketing and entrepreneurship co-major at Miami University. I’m from Oxford, the same town I go to college in (see “Townie”), and I’ve lived there for 13 years. Last fall I ventured out from Ohio and spent 5 months living in the Netherlands. It was an amazing way to meet new people and experience Europe!

 

What are you doing for tilr this summer?

This summer, I’m working as a Marketing Intern for tilr. Right now I’m focused on learning about who our Community Members are and then translating that into how we can best reach and serve them. I get a lot of excitement out of using empathy to improve tilr’s content and offerings.

 

What was your first job?

I started my first job as a soccer referee in 7th grade. Every weekend, I’d don a neon yellow shirt, knee high socks, and a whistle in an effort to appear authoritative to the people four decades older than me who would be harassing me that morning. The kids were so much fun to work with! It’s when the kids became parents that the problems seemed to start…

 

What made you choose your field of study?

I chose to study marketing because I’ve always been fascinated with the psychology of decision making, and marketing was an area to apply that area of interest. I decided to pursue entrepreneurship after my first creativity class. That class was the hardest fought B- of my life and I loved every second of it. I decided that if I can enjoy the hardest parts of the work then I need to make it a priority.

 

What skill would you most want to learn?

There are tons of skills I would love to learn. Something I’ve recently been focusing on is improving my professional networking skills. I believe the people you meet and relationships you build are what makes life more full and meaningful, and I’d like to do more to apply that in my career.

 

What is an unexpected skill that you have?

One skill I didn’t expect to discover in myself is creativity. Two of my entrepreneurship classes in college have centered around the creative process and I naturally gravitated towards the new possibilities creativity makes. Now I get excited about applying the creative process to as much of my life and work as possible. From marketing strategies to painting, creativity has given my life new opportunities and more passion.

 

What was your dream job as a kid?

My dream job as a kid was to be an inventor like Thomas Edison. It turns out that I don’t have the same mechanical mind that Edison had… that TV remote never did fully recover from my childhood curiosity. So I pivoted and I think I got pretty close to my dream! I just invent new ideas, strategies, and content instead of lightbulbs.