Here's a guest post from Hunter, our summer intern from Stanford Business School...
So I’d heard of Seventh Generation, and I’d used some of the products, but when I saw their summer internship posted on the Net Impact website, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me. Luckily the powers that be agreed, and at the end of an interview that was more of a comedy routine by Duke, Courtney and Chrystie, they offered me the internship, and I accepted.
Questions from classmates headed off to big consulting firms and investment banks soon followed. “You’re working for whom?” (okay, their grammar wasn’t that good) often quickly followed by “You’re moving where?”. Despite their skepticism, I was thrilled.
When I first arrived, I thought I’d landed on the moon. From the pressure of the Stanford MBA to the essence alignment at Seventh Gen, I was lost. Though I have often thought we were all a little nuts, there are many moments that have made me proud to be a part of this company, and absolutely none that have made me cringe.
I saw those same business school friends last weekend at a classmate’s wedding. Everyone was so excited to get back to school, and to be done with their jobs. Again the black sheep, I mentioned that I wasn’t ready to go, and they brushed it aside with a flippant “Well, you’re different.” I’d argue that it’s not just me, Seventh Generation is a different kind of experience. And thank goodness for that.
I want to thank everyone at Seventh Generation for making me a part of the community from the moment I arrived. I know many places see interns as temporary, but here I’ve always felt 100% included and valued. Though we may have started as co-workers, I know I am leaving with friends. I will miss you all!