“As a Frontline Partner School with 3M, the Edward H. Schmidt School of Professional Sales assisted 40 students from across the country - - including five from our sales program - - who have been hired as interns at 3M,” noted Deirdre Jones, ESSPS associate director. “The purpose was to generate team building and excitement for these new 3M interns so they bond with each other before they formally begin their summer internship assignments."
The process built more than teamwork, as the interns worked on two permanent additions at The Ability Center of Greater Toledo: a meditation labyrinth, shown to significantly reduce stress, and a memorial garden.
“The Ability Center was chosen because we wanted the teambuilding portion to have a community, philanthropic component to it,” Jones added.
"Partnering with the Ability Center of Greater Toledo is an ideal team project for our incoming team of interns. The act of ‘giving back’ is an inherent part of 3M's culture,” noted Candace Mailand, 3M sales innovation manager. “At 3M, we have a long-standing tradition of employee involvement that touches communities and natural resources around the world. Employees and retirees participate in 75 percent of 3M giving through matching programs and service on advisory committees, nonprofits and community projects. What better way for the students to begin understanding our culture at 3M than by getting involved with such a worthwhile organization as the Ability Center, which is focused on providing services to those living with disabilities in the Toledo community."