This week’s intern spotlight features Marketing intern, Maggie Rochford! Read more about her life inside and outside the DEFENDERS summer internship program.
School: Junior at Purdue University
Major: Marketing and Finance
Role at DEFENDERS: Marketing Intern
Favorite Sports Team: Chicago Bears
If your life had a theme song, what would it be? “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield
If you could sit down to dinner with anyone, who would it be and why? Easy answer—Jimmy Fallon. There would never be a dull moment in the conversation; it would be electric.
Favorite Food: Never met a pulled pork sandwich I didn’t like!
Favorite place you’ve traveled: I spent last summer studying economics in Madrid and then traveled throughout Spain and Portugal, so several of those cities hold a special place in my heart.
Best piece of advice you’ve heard: Pope Benedict XVI has this awesome quote that I remind myself of almost daily, “The world promises you comfort, but you were made for greatness.”
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? Interior Designer—I’m a big fan of HGTV.
Types of projects you’ve been working on this summer: I have been exposed to several different aspects of our Marketing department while working closest with the digital team. I have done a great deal of administrative support for our Business Partnerships Team as well as creating a new Landing Page Design based off of my market research.
Why did you choose to spend the summer with DEFENDERS? I chose DEFENDERS for the people. I went through a lot of interviews in the Fall in order to line something up for the summer, but every person I met through the process at DEFENDERS left a positive impact on me. I had refreshing and engaging conversations with every single person. I knew if I chose the summer with them, I would be developing more than just job-related skills; I would cultivate relationships and life skills, and do meaningful work.
What is one of the highlights of your time with DEFENDERS so far? The first time I met DEFENDERS President and CEO, Jim Boyce, was at a service event where we had been building door frame garden boxes with Shepherd Community Center. My hands were sticky and sweaty but Jim refused to not shake my hand. While one might think a handshake like that might be uncomfortable, Jim seemed genuinely eager to meet me and shake my hand for a good while. This small event mirrors my overall experience with DEFENDERS this summer—cultivating meaningful relationships with the most generous and passionate servant leaders who strive for excellence in all facets of life.
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