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Fall is here, which means it’s time for the return of pumpkin flavored everything, football and crockpot deliciousness. The end of summer also means our summer interns have left Rainbow Boulevard and returned to school. It’s a bittersweet departure for us full-timers. We're sad to see them leave, but can't help but notice that there are a lot more snacks and drinks for the rest of us when they're not around. Check out this recap of their summer to find out our interns’ favorite memories from this summer and where they’re headed in the future.

Meet Jake Brown.

Jake Brown

What did you work on this summer?

I worked on many things this summer. At the beginning, before I had a phone set up, I helped Alyssa and Jen with their tedious work. Basically, I plugged in info for them, updated accounts, and just generally helped make their lives easier! I also worked with Paul, Matt, and Connor by updating SalesForce accounts and putting in important information about storage facilities. Then towards the middle and end of my internship, I started making sales calls and setting up phone calls, interviews and demos for Paul and Connor.

What was your favorite experience or project?

My favorite experience was making sales calls. I learned how to communicate effectively with storage facility owners and how to handle rejection and failure.

What surprised you most about working at RNL?

What surprised me the most was the flexibility of the management team. Austin and Dan were very understanding any time I had to miss work, whether it was me being sick or having something family-related going on. I also loved the environment. Everyone was so nice and caring. I enjoyed talking to Rachel and everyone in the coffee shop every morning.

Jake hanging out with friends.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about interning at RNL?

I would tell someone who is thinking about interning to work hard every day and to not hesitate to reach out to individuals whenever you need help or don’t understand something. Everyone at the office is caring and will work to help you in any way possible.

What are your plans down the road?

My plans down the road are to continue working at Red Nova during the fall until I finish my degree. Then after I finish school I would love to keep working at RNL (if possible), develop my own client list, and help this sales team and company grow.

Your favorite thing about RNL:

My favorite thing about RNL is all of the company activities and events that we scheduled. Whether it was kickball, demos and drinks, or company catered lunches, it was all a blast and I loved working here.

Meet Ben Davidson.

Ben Davidson

What did you work on this summer?

This summer I was on a team with Tim Banks and Donald Lee and primarily worked on our Sales Center software. I got familiarized with react.js and got a ton of experience with our development process. I felt like I was really able to dive into the work and become a real member of the team. I also got the chance to revamp our RNL website and make it a little bit more mobile friendly. All in all, it was a summer filled with a wide range of projects.

What was your favorite experience or project?

My favorite experience was definitely the quarterly meeting and the roast of all the new employees and interns. My favorite project would have to be getting to work on Sales Center and learning some react.js.

What surprised you most about working at RNL?

I think it was pleasantly surprising how young and energetic the work place is in general. It was really easy to come to work and feel at home, even as an intern.

Ben and a friend.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about interning at RNL?

I would tell them that an internship at RNL allows you to work on some really exciting and great quality software. Not only that, but you'll get the opportunity to work in some cool languages like react.js. The environment of the workplace is pretty awesome, too.

What are your plans down the road?

I'm headed back to school next week at KU and I'm looking forward to completing my senior year.

Your favorite thing about RNL:

Probably providing Andrea with her heartbreaking loss in the opening round of the ping pong tournament this summer. She was very intent on beating me. I'd also have to say how much I learned while working on our software.

Meet Hung Nguyen.

Hung Nguyen

What did you work on this summer?

I spent half of my time fixing bugs and improving existing features. The rest of the time I spent creating new features.

What was your favorite experience or project?

My favorite was my second project, which I worked on with Ben. We added more functionality to Kepler, our Business Intelligence Platform and integrated it with FMS to generate revenue reports.

What surprised you most about working at RNL?

I was most surprised by the working environment here. It's very casual and relaxed. Everyone is friendly and willing to teach. Working here, I felt motivated but stress-free at the same time.

Dang it feels good to be a gangsta.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about interning at RNL?

Don't hesitate to ask questions. People here are super friendly.

What are your plans down the road?

Before the internship, I planned to go to graduate school. But after this summer, I feel like I would enjoy working in a small or medium sized company like RNL.

Your favorite thing about RNL:

The morning coffee, snacks and Friday lunches!

Meet Henry Miller.

Henry Miller

What did you work on this summer?

This summer I worked on how to approach cold calls and different pitches to use when making cold calls.

What was your favorite experience or project?

Learning to make cold calls as a salesman was my favorite experience this summer.

What surprised you most about working at RNL?

I felt like having fun and success can go hand-in-hand here, which was pleasantly surprising.

Henry with his brothers and sisters at a Royals game.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about interning at RNL?

You learn a lot regardless of what position you’re interning and you never feel like an intern, more like an actual employee.

What are your plans down the road?

In the next year, I plan to pick a college and come back and work in KC.

Your favorite thing about RNL:

The environment and the people that help make the job fun.