Florida Tech Scholar-Athlete Spotlight Recognizes Lacrosse Player Lindsey Marquardt
By Corey Szewczyk, Florida Tech // August 12, 2022
Marquardt is majoring in Business Administration
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Being a scholar-athlete at Florida Tech takes an incredible amount of hard work and dedication to excel both in the classroom and on the field.
In this Scholar-Athlete Spotlight, we are featuring Florida Tech women’s lacrosse player, Lindsey Marquardt.
This summer, the Owings, Maryland native is gaining meaningful experience as a Product Management Intern with Stanley Black and Decker. We caught up with Marquardt to learn more about the incredible opportunity.
What company are you interning for this summer? What was your title and role with the company?
I am interning for Stanley Black and Decker as a Product Management Intern, specifically in the kitchen and lifestyle department of Black and Decker.
What drew you to this internship?
One of my mom’s closest friends suggested I applied to SBD because of its location (in Towson, MD, and I was planning on returning home to Maryland again this summer), experience with interns, and its products.
Also, I wanted to experience the corporate world to see what I thought before entering the workforce full-time next year. I was lucky enough to get this opportunity at a Fortune 500 company.
Product management was different than any internship or job I had in the past and after doing some research, it sounded interesting.
After my first round of interviews with SBD, it became very apparent how much more satisfied and happier the employees are at SBD than with other companies I had interviewed with.
What are some exciting tasks that you have been able to be a part of?
I’ve done some cool things so far this summer. Black and Decker are making some exciting changes within its brand in the next 5 years.
I recently helped my team get shipments ready to be sent out as PR packages to big-name entities such as Forbes Health, Cosmopolitan, and The Today Show.
For this process, we went through every box to ensure the presentation was correct down to the smallest detail, and that the actual device operated perfectly.
My manager has worked very hard on this project, and it will be very cool to see the product on shelves at Target, Walmart, and more very soon.
SBD also holds an Intern Innovation challenge every year for their interns. We are put into groups with other interns of the company from around the world and various SBD brands to work together twice a week on a challenge.
For the challenge, we are tasked with creating a product or solution from a selected category and developing a pitch to present at the end of the summer. My group chose the house plant care category.
It has been fun to connect with other interns and brainstorm creative ideas together.
How is your internship preparing you for a career you would like to do after graduation?
I was unsure how I would feel about the corporate setting due to its general reputation. I have learned that with a great company that cares to serve its employees as much as its customers, the reputation doesn’t really apply.
I could see myself being a PM full-time in the future, but at the start of the internship, I wasn’t sure what exactly it meant to be a product manager. I also learned that the PM position varies greatly from company to company.
In the same way, by having this role I have learned about many other roles that I was previously unfamiliar with, which also opens possibilities and curiosity for me.
What is your major at Florida Tech? Why did you choose this direction for your education and is this something you always wanted to pursue?
I am a Business Administration major. I chose this direction because I recognize the universal and never-ending need for business in all sectors.
When I entered my undergrad, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but I knew that I liked how involved you can be with business.
For example, I may not be an engineer, but product managers work closely with engineers to make ideas come to life. I may not be a nurse, but roles exist in hospitals that I could do with a business degree that could still make an impact.
How has being a collegiate athlete prepared you for the work you are currently doing? What traits did you take away from the playing field that is helping you throughout your internship?
This role requires a lot of communication, meetings, and work ethic, which in combination requires quite a bit of time management. Since I am in a new role, it is important that I am coachable and retain things.
Time management, efficient communication, coachability, and work ethic are all traits I developed as a student-athlete.
What skills did you acquire at the internship that you plan to bring back to help lead the women’s lacrosse team?
I have a wonderful manager with a lot of things on his plate. He is a great example of a graceful and kind leader.
In my last year on the team, I hope I can be a graceful and kind leader myself.
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