My Hasbro Internship: A Spud-tacular Experience

Hi! My name is Brooke, and I am a rising junior at Brown University studying Environmental Studies and Entrepreneurship .......

Fun fact: there are eight Potato Head statues throughout Rhode Island and I’ve visited all of them! I’m pictured here with the “Sun Baked Potato” in Westerly :)

Hi! My name is Brooke, and I am a rising junior at Brown University studying Environmental Studies and Entrepreneurship. During my time at Hasbro, I worked in the Global Government Affairs and CSR department as a Corporate Social Responsibility intern. My experience at Hasbro taught me invaluable lessons, both professionally and personally, and I conclude my internship feeling nothing but grateful and ready to take on the world armed with the CSR, ESG, and philanthropy skills Hasbro granted me.

I began the internship with feelings of excitement and determination, but also with a bit of trepidation, as this was my first full-time internship. While the first week was overwhelming, my manager and colleagues were beyond kind and willing to help. I quickly replaced my feelings of nervousness with those of a drive to take on as many projects as I could while meeting as many other employees as possible. That would be my advice to future interns: have confidence in yourself even in the moments when it feels like you’re drinking through a firehose. All Hasbro employees are willing to act as mentors and enhance your internship experience, and you’re not expected to understand everything at once! Day by day, whether I was researching best practices for ESG disclosures or drafting a renewable content survey for suppliers, I picked up not only hard skills but soft skills as well - during this internship, there is always something to learn. If it seems like there isn’t, advocate for yourself and ask your manager for another project or two! There’s never a lack of opportunity at Hasbro for both work and play.

I feel very lucky for the opportunity Hasbro granted me through offering me an internship position and I feel especially lucky to have worked with such a welcoming and motivational team of role models and mentors. The CSR and Philanthropy teams enabled my passion and tenacity for new endeavors, allowing me to take on a multitude of diverse and educational projects – I truly could not have asked for a better first summer internship. To any future interns out there: good luck! You’re in for an amazing couple of months.

Ethan’s Advice for Future Co-op’s

Hey! I’m Ethan, a third year at Northeastern University, studying Mechanical Engineering .......

Hey! I’m Ethan, a third year at Northeastern University, studying Mechanical Engineering. When I began my search for a second co-op, I knew I wanted to intern at a place where work didn’t just feel like work. That’s why I applied for a position at Hasbro, a name I’ve known since I can remember playing board games like Candyland with my family. When I was offered a position in the Games division supporting Project Engineering, I knew it would be a unique, exciting experience, but I didn’t quite know what to expect from it all.

After six months in this role, I can say that it was everything I imagined and more. Each day brought something new, whether it was meeting another team member or playtesting a potential product or working through cost reduction efforts. Some days it felt like there just wasn’t enough time in my schedule to possibly get through every project and meeting, but other days I was left to my own devices, hunting for work or new connections. Every day was a little bit different, and that’s what made this job so interesting.

One big piece of advice I have for future co-ops: don’t be afraid to speak up. Ask for side projects! Schedule one-on-ones with new team members! Share your cool new product ideas! Hasbro is a meeting- and people-focused work environment, where a lot of discussion and collaboration happens in a group setting. You’ll have more than enough opportunities to be heard, so take advantage of that!

Finally, a huge thanks to my manager, Adam, for being a great mentor and teammate. Your manager is a fantastic resource for all things Hasbro, so keep yourselves connected and ask questions whenever you need clarity on something. Also, a big shoutout to Hasbro in general for promoting an inclusive, diverse workplace where everyone can feel accepted and valued. I can’t recommend Hasbro enough if you’re considering a co-op here!

My Experience as a Project Engineering Co-op

Hi, I’m Kylie a fourth year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Texas .......

Hi, I’m Kylie a fourth year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Texas minoring in Disability Studies. I’m currently working as a Project Engineering Co-op with the Family Games Team. I knew from the time I applied for this position that it would be remote. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I applied for an internship with Hasbro. In a “normal” year, to work with Hasbro I would have to pick up my life and move to Rhode Island. Which for anyone else who has done that, you know it isn’t the easiest process in the world trying to find affordable short-term housing. But this remote environment allows me to stay in my apartment in Austin, Texas and not worry about transporting my dog across the country.

I wasn’t scared about the remote work environment; I’ve basically done a full school year online and attended conferences and student organization meetings. Basically, an online work pro right? Turns out, not exactly. It was scary. I had been thrown headfirst into a pool of meetings. I feel like I didn’t have a second to breathe and connect with my coworkers. I couldn’t walk around to coworkers’ desks and introduce myself like I would’ve typically. Coming out of my first week, I was entirely overwhelmed and didn’t understand my place at Hasbro.

I vented and confided in a friend and she encouraged me to say something. Eventually I worked up the courage and did. The second I expressed my fears and stress, everything turned around. My manager slowed our lessons down, I was given tasks that were meaningful to me, and I started to feel connected to the team. I went from feeling completely lost and hopeless to having the time of my life. I wrote this post to encourage others to speak up. It’s okay to not feel okay at first. Sometimes we need support, or even just a little reassurance.

Now coming to the last week of my internship, I reflect on my time at Hasbro as one of the best in my life. I learned so much, both about the industry and myself. I had never considered a career in toys and games, but now I really feel like this is a field I belong. I would like to commend Hasbro as a company for building a great work environment. I’ve never been at company that works so hard to be inclusive and lead workshops to understand our personal biases and empower women. To any student reading this, I highly recommend applying for a co-op with Hasbro and exploring this world. You can’t ask for a better job than toys. And you can’t even dream of better co-workers.

I’m so excited to see the games I worked on go on shelf in the next two years! World, Family Games is bringing some radical stuff your way!

My Time as an Intern at Hasbro

When I first heard I had been accepted for the role as an Internal Audit here at Hasbro, I was beyond .......

When I first heard I had been accepted for the role as an Internal Audit here at Hasbro, I was beyond thrilled, and a little scared. I had no experience in auditing or a professional job like this, but I was excited to get going. Little did I know how much fun I would have and how much I would grow over the course of the next six months.

My first week was the hardest one. There were so many new things I was learning, and I felt like the work I was doing was very important, and as if I had a role in the company, which was a proud feeling. The people around me, my team, my supervisor, and my mentor, all helped so much and were the best teachers and leaders I could ask for. I was very stressed the first couple of days, but they were there for me every step of the way and were super kind and helpful whenever I needed help. They constantly would make sure I was doing okay and took a lot of time to thoroughly explain things to me. My mentor, Katie, is who I interacted with every day, and she was amazing throughout my coop, and I got to know her very well, not just on a business level, but we had conversations all the time about anything, and it really helped me feel more comfortable and at home here at Hasbro. My supervisor, Bobby, was amazing as well, and always offered a helping hand, is an amazing person, and taught me a lot. It was weird being remote, since I only met Katie twice, and Bobby once. I also met other members of my team, Colin and Steph, twice, and although we only physically met a limited number of times, I know them very well, and will keep in touch after my coop. I felt super comfortable when I went in to meet everyone, since they are such genuine people, and the same goes for the other people I met at my time at Hasbro.

I was able to meet people working in other parts of the company and in all different positions as well through virtual coffee meetings, where we just talked about anything and got to know each other. In these meetings I really got a sense of Hasbro and the sense of family within the company. Everyone was so close, no matter their position, and there were people from all over the world. We talked about dogs, travelling, sports, experiences, and pretty much anything. We always shared a laugh, and I cannot think of a better place to start my professional career. To all the new or potential interns, at Hasbro you will feel welcomed, and you will feel like a part of a family and valued here, not just for your work, but as a person.

In terms of the work I did, I did a lot of statement and payment reviews and licensing reviews, as well as some other side projects. It was very overwhelming at first, but once I got the hang of it, it was a lot better. I got to enjoying it and loving finding any discrepancies or missing payments or incorrectly reported data. Putting together test work based on my findings, and seeing that test work being used by Katie, Bobby, or others, was a very good feeling. I remember meeting with someone from a Licensee we were working on, and we had sent him the findings I put together, and it was a proud feeling knowing I had put that together and contributed. I also learned so many new skills and habits in my time here and will certainly take these with me wherever I go.

To any new hire or intern, I would say trust the process, be open minded, and relax. It all seemed stressful at first, I felt a lot of pressure, and as if I had to be formal all the time and very serious, but then I realized that it should also be fun. You can have normal conversations, have some laughs, go get lunch with coworkers, and everyone at Hasbro is understanding of anything. My last week, I had an emergency surgery Saturday, and felt like I had to get back to work Monday, but everyone assured me even though it was my last week, I could take as much time as I need no matter what, and it was very reassuring. I was also nervous to mess up or miss something, but I realized it was okay to mess up, and it happens. It always turned into a learning moment, and that is one thing I loved about Hasbro and the people around me. They always found a way to help and teach me. I got better day after day and looking back at the progress I made throughout these six months makes me very proud. Hasbro is an amazing company, with amazing people, and there is no better place to be. I have had an amazing time here, and to any intern or new hire, enjoy it. There’s so much to learn and so many amazing people to meet, you’ll feel right at home.

Special thanks to Hasbro and the Global Communications Team

As an intern on the Global Communications team I have not only learned .......

As an intern on the Global Communications team I have not only learned valuable skills pertinent to becoming a Comms professional but also what it means to be part of an incredible company that takes on each day and each project with purpose.

The thought of working 20 hours a week in addition to a full course load my last semester of college seemed very daunting at first, but turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. I have felt as though I’ve truly made an impact and created incredible connections with my team members.

One of the things that I’ll always remember is the support my team has given me. Whether it’s allowing me to switch my hours to better accommodate for school events or taking the time to meticulously explain how to work on a project, I have felt unwavering support every single day. Being on the Global Communications team I’ve had great exposure to all different parts of Hasbro. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in on meetings about Nerf TikTok, Global Philanthropy, and Cyber Security, just to name a few. The best part, though, is that my team encourages me to contribute to these conversations and really values the ideas that I say. This is the first experience I’ve had as an intern where my own contributions have been considered. It’s important to me to make an impact.

I also know how invested my team is in my success. I’m always assigned projects that allow me to have a broad variety of experiences and encourage me to ask as many questions as I need to understand and learn from the experience.

Thank you Hasbro and the Global Communications Team for making every hour of work fun, engaging, and completely worth it! I’m so grateful for having experienced a purpose driven organization and being able to have a voice at the table.

Name: Natalie Bronfin

School: Cornell University

Department: Global Communications

Living The Dream In Hasbro

When I first applied to Hasbro, I thought it was a long shot. The Product Design .......

When I first applied to Hasbro, I thought it was a long shot. The Product Design Co-Op position description read like an absolute dream. I submitted my application thinking that I would be happy with just an interview, but when I was offered a position with My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop, brands that I have loved since I was a little girl, I couldn’t believe it. And now that I’m almost done with my time in this position, I can safely say that it has not stopped feeling incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with this team.

At first, I was worried because I was unfamiliar with toy design, but that quickly wore off as I was given design tasks immediately. It was no longer about “I don’t know how to do this,” but rather “this is so exciting, what can I do next?” My contributions were viewed alongside seasoned designers’ and it gave me a lot of confidence in my work. I may have been nervous to work in a professional environment like Hasbro as a student, but I am now confident that I am a capable designer in my own right after my experience on this team.

The responsibilities of this position have pushed me to navigate the transition from student to professional and become savvy in skills not exercised in the classroom. I am responsible for managing my workload and prioritizing tasks that don’t have the due date of “next class.” Working remotely has been an additional challenge, but it’s pushed me to continue checking in and staying connected with my team so that we are all on the same page. I’ve also learned about a field that I hadn’t even considered as a potential career path before. As an illustrator, story and fantasy are part of what make my work fun, so it was a natural transition to apply that to toys!

And all that I learned before I was given my biggest challenge: designing and pitching my own toys. It’s been a huge project to tackle on my own, but the support of my team has been instrumental in getting it this far. It’s really made me realize how important it is for me to work with other people. An environment where I can bounce ideas off of other creative brains is something that pushes my work to the next level. And through this work, I’ve developed skills like doing control drawings, spec sheets, play pattern illustrations, as well as strengthening my story, and design skills.

Working at Hasbro on the My Little Pony and Littlest Pet Shop team has been the highlight of my senior year. I would not be where I am now if not for the people here pushing me to grow in new directions. Prospective interns, my advice to you is to look for an environment that respects you and that is excited to see you grow. I found that here at Hasbro, and I hope you do too.

My Experience in Hasbro

Hey there! My name is Ashley and I am the Spring 2021 Games Brand Writer .......

Hey there! My name is Ashley and I am the Spring 2021 Games Brand Writer Co-Op working remotely from Austin, Texas. My time here is coming to a close, but I have a lot to reflect on that I wanted to share with you! But first, let me introduce myself.

I am a third-year Radio-Television and Film Student at the University of Texas at Austin. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Film? But you’re a GAMES Brand Writer Co-Op.” I know, it’s crazy how things work out like that, right? Anyways, I love games. Video games, board games, card games, you name it! The art of play is just so fascinating to me, so of course when I saw an opening at Hasbro as a Games Brand Writing Co-Op, I applied right away. And you know what? I actually didn’t get the position. However, I really REALLY wanted to work here, so I applied the next semester and was offered the position for Spring 2021. Woo!

Not going to lie, I was actually very nervous for my first week at Hasbro. I specialized mostly in television and video game writing, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I started my first day meeting my team, the Family+ Games Team. They were all so fantastic! I got to meet with them all individually and they were simply the best. They really helped reassure me about what to expect and even told me about their first experiences at Hasbro (which most of them had previously been co-ops) which really got be stoked for my journey.

My mentor was the best! She really cared about what I wanted from my Co-Op at Hasbro and allowed me to take charge on the projects I was most passionate about. She let me take the reins while making sure I learned how to do the job, and do it right! It definitely felt like I had jumped into the deep end of the pool at the start of my internship, but I am so thankful to have gotten the opportunity to do that because I am much more confident in my abilities now. There is still plenty for me to learn about writing for games, but I really got a good grasp of what roles brand writers play in games by going in headfirst. There are a couple games that I got to write almost all of the content for and I feel particularly passionate about them.

Anyways, enough about me. Let’s talk about you, future Hasbro intern! How can you make the most out of this fantastic experience? I have some recommendations for you: Don’t be afraid to speak up! See a project you feel passionate in? Have an idea on how to make a Hasbro product EVEN COOLER? Have questions (you will, trust me) or curiosities? Tell someone about it! No matter what, Hasbro will benefit from what you have to say. Jump in headfirst, don’t be afraid of failure! If you make mistakes, even better! So long as you learn from them, of course.

I have become a better writer and person through my time here at Hasbro and fully believe you can do the same. I’m so thankful for working with the Family+ Games Team. I truly feel lucky! To anyone who is blessed with the same opportunity; make the most of it!

Ashley Poprik

What my co-op Experience Has Brought Me

Choosing my final co-op felt like an ultimatum. It's my last chance .......

Jocelyn Zhu

3rd year at Northeastern University

Industrial Engineering, Minor in Mathematics

Cost Engineer Co-op for Peppa Pig and My Little Pony

Choosing my final co-op felt like an ultimatum. It's my last chance to figure out what I want to do with my life before I graduate, right? My last chance to mess around and explore before committing to the scary future of a life-long career. Of course, this isn't true. I've had many people tell me that careers are fluid, and that life is not a linear pathway to the 'perfect career.' There's plenty of time for me to explore and learn. Still, choosing where I wanted to spend my final co-op felt like a major decision.

In the end, I chose to be a cost engineer at Hasbro for three major reasons. One, I was interested in exploring the world of product design and manufacturing. Two, I was inspired by Hasbro's mission for environmental sustainability and was impressed by their clear commitment to 100% plastic-free packaging by 2022. Three, I wanted to work in an environment with creative individuals.

In my first few months at Hasbro, I've been able to fulfill those goals beyond my expectations.

My main responsibility as a cost engineer involves looking at design specs and quantifying those specs into a cost estimate. I've learned about how plastic and electronic products are molded, assembled, painted, and packaged, and I get to apply that knowledge to help bring product designs to life. As part of the EPIC (Engineering Project Innovation Challenge) program, I've been able to work on a team of co-ops to propose product design ideas to Hasbro employees. Right now, we're working on our final pitch which will ultimately be presented at the end of our co-op to Hasbro leadership, with the goal of our idea being introduced to Hasbro's product line. In the process, I've been able to learn from Hasbro experts in product design and marketing, who met with my team to help us ideate and provide feedback. I got to work with team members to develop mood boards, research competitive insights, and participate in group brainstorms. I'm particularly looking forward to further developing our final idea and fleshing out the mechanisms and costing for our product.

As a cost engineer, my day-to-day work is influenced by Hasbro's plastic-free packaging initiative. The removal of plastic from packaging introduces a myriad of interesting costing challenges, especially when plastic has traditionally been so closely integrated with the consumer product industry. Always supportive, my manager also introduced me to several projects involving Hasbro's sustainability initiatives. I've been able to work on projects to answer questions like, what would the cost impact be of changing an entire line of products into using entirely recycled plastic? How can Hasbro work around the current limitations of recycled plastic materials to make products more 'green' without diminishing the product design vision? Creating a future of sustainable products comes with more challenges than I expected; planning how products would be manufactured with sustainable materials sometimes feels like putting puzzle pieces together when the puzzle isn't entirely complete. But, it has been incredibly fulfilling to contribute to Hasbro's ambitious vision of a sustainable toy industry.

Remote work is hard, especially when you feel like you're missing out on the vibrant work culture that Hasbro is known for. When my manager took me and my fellow co-op and friend to tour the Hasbro office in Rhode Island (pictured above), I felt a good amount of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) hearing about how Hasbro has its own employee-organized band that performs in the office, an art gallery filled with employee's creative works, and just a general work culture centered around using the games and toys that employees are developing. As an engineer who likes to dabble in art, music, and photography, the Hasbro office seemed like a haven for creative minds. However, I found that I've still been able to participate in that creative culture while working remotely at Hasbro. In my day-to-day, I regularly interact with designers and get to help bring their designs to life. I bonded with engineers who also were drawn to Hasbro for its creative environment. One time after work, I participated in a Hasbro-led figure drawing session with a live model over Zoom. I also played in a DnD session with coworkers (including Hasbro leadership :ooo) that I had never met before. I'm also hoping to attend a 'How to DM' session through Hasbro so I can DM a DnD one-shot with some other co-ops in the future.

My time at Hasbro so far has flown by. I feel like I've learned and done so much, but the end of my co-op is coming too soon. Still, I'm looking forward to what more I can experience and accomplish in the next few months. As Peppa Pig once said, "In the world, there are two kinds of balloons. Up balloons and down balloons." I'm not sure what this quote actually means, but if my time at Hasbro was a balloon, it would be an up balloon.

An Unexpected First Internship

Hi! I’m Maddy and I’m a Graphic Design student at Emmanuel College .......

Hi! I’m Maddy and I’m a Graphic Design student at Emmanuel College in Boston!

If you were to tell me a year ago today that I would be working for Hasbro, a company whose products and brands impacted my childhood, and doing it all from HOME, I would definitely not have believed you. You can probably imagine how excited a mega Disney/Marvel/Star Wars fan was to find out they would be interning at a place like Hasbro in the middle of their senior year. As I finish up my 4 months as a graphic design co-op on the FurReal and Baby Alive team, I am super thankful to look back and think about how much I’ve learned and experienced.

Taking a gap semester was definitely something I never thought would happen during my time in college, but to be fair, a pandemic was even more unexpected. I truly believe that my experience at Hasbro not only taught me important graphic design skills, but also taught me a valuable lesson of flexibility. I have to remind myself sometimes that swaying from your plan is not a bad thing, especially when you have the opportunity to go down a new path that will benefit you in the long run.

At first, not being at school like I planned and waking up every day to work from home felt extremely wrong for me. Somedays I felt isolated knowing that my classmates were back in Boston, like I was supposed to be, completing their last semester of school, while I was at home doing something different. It at first was difficult to be brand new to the job, as I wanted to make sure I was on the right track, especially when I was miles away from my coworkers. But, thankfully, my manager and his team made sure to include me right away in small projects and meetings, making sure I felt welcomed and prepared.

Aside from gaining new design skills and learning new Adobe tips and tricks, I also had the opportunity to work on my own pattern illustrations for packaging, help art direct at a photoshoot, put together merchandise guides for both Baby Alive and FurReal, and collaborate with other co-ops to develop a product concept where I got to put my newfound knowledge of branding to the test. Thanks to the amazing designers on my team and other co-ops who I had the opportunity to work with, I always felt 100% comfortable to share my ideas and design plans. I can confidently say that Hasbro has helped me become more confident in my abilities as a designer but also helped me to realize my career path is my own and does not need to resemble my classmates in terms of time.

I’m so pleased with the time spent working at Hasbro and am so unbelievably thankful for all of the amazing people I was able to connect with!

Madeline Kew

Emmanuel College Boston, MA

My Hasbro Experience

When I was interviewed for the project engineer co-op position at Hasbro, I understood that ......

NAME: Akshay Biradar
SCHOOL: Northeastern University, Boston
DEPARTMENT: Project Engineering Co-op – Transformers

When I was interviewed for the project engineer co-op position at Hasbro, I understood that the opportunity offers a learning experience to communicate and work with clients and colleagues on an international level. Additionally, I was super excited to learn that I will be working on the Transformers department and getting an exposure to the fictional characters that made up most of my childhood! It was no surprise that the pandemic situation had pushed all major MNCs to work remotely so, I had already anticipated the fact that my job would require me to work from home for most of the days. On the brighter side, I began to perceive it as an opportunity to learn a new style of working, which may possibly be adopted by most firms even after the pandemic is put to rest, but who can say! Although there is a different element of excitement in working on ground, I appreciate the steps taken by Hasbro to institute a safe working environment and safety of employees.

Thursdays have by far been my most favorite days of the week, mostly because I get to go on ground and meet my team. My workstation is packed with toys and movie posters, which also adds so much more to the ambience of working on ground. Contrarily, working remotely has taught me newer ways to manage responsibilities, both in my personal and professional areas. The most challenging part of working remotely has been in areas involving social interaction. Although my team members and colleagues are very much accessible via online platforms, it is incomparable to the delight of working with them in person.

The Hello-Hasbro orientation was very valuable in providing a holistic overview of the company’s business and what the co-op experience has to offer. I was also introduced to icebreaker events like the Scavenger Hunt and the EPIC project, that created an interactive platform to connect and work with other co-ops and interns.

On meeting my team for the very first time, I was very pleased with their humble attitude and the interest they portrayed towards working with me. My manager gave a quick tour of the company and explained about all the inhouse facilities I can make use of moving forward. He also introduced me to colleagues from other departments that I will be working with closely and put forward a systematic schedule to help me through the learning process., I could not be more grateful for all the help my team has provided to ensure I have settled in smoothly.

This co-op is my first industrial experience in the United States, so I was delighted to be part of a learning experience from both technical and cultural standpoint. I am looking forward to learning concepts like Product Life Cycle Management, Packaging and Manufacturing, and how all the process stages are synced together, to meet the timely needs of customers. From a marketing point of view I was curious to learn about the demand forecasting methods used for various scales of products. The brand bolsters characters from numerous Transformers franchises, and hence makes it very crucial for the business to obtain an accurate forecast.

Working from home, although it has its own perks like more family-time, no commuting issues and easy access to meals, I prefer to keep my professional and personal lives exclusive to their environments. Working in an office has always impacted my productivity more positively, so I realized that I need to make some amendments to ensure that I work just as efficiently from home as well. I focused on areas that deters productivity and thought about ways I can improve them. I learned to sync all my meetings, tasks and reminders onto the calendar app on my phone and use tools like the ‘Priority Matrix’ to classify them based on their priorities. I also cultivated a habit to make short notes on all the projects, which served as a great help to keep myself updated. It can get overwhelmingly busy as you progress through your co-op so, it is best to have a game plan that suits your style of work and helps you stay organized!

I enjoy attending meeting in which we get to discuss about new product concepts based on upcoming movies and television shows. It is certainly a visual treat to witness the creative artwork on these characters firsthand! In other meetings like the Gate, Topline and Project Kickoff, all the departments get together to discuss the project statuses and raise queries. As a co-op, you get to learn how meetings are conducted systematically and collective decisions are made.

My favorite part of the job is to examine prototype action figures for engineering, design and safety-related issues. The regional offices in Asia, known as Hasbro Far East, send shipments containing toy samples that need to be examined for engineering and quality improvements by our team. I play a part in addressing these issues with my team and communicating them back to HFE. So far, the learning experience has been extremely fruitful. My manager – Mike Booth, has always been very approachable to all my queries and taught me how to manage my tasks, especially when the responsibilities tend to increase. My favorite memories are the lunch sessions we have when the whole team is on site. We chat about the latest news and trends in the media, share funny anecdotes and the things we like to do when we are not at work. These sessions have helped me get to know my colleagues a lot better, and bond with them on topics that are not just limited to our professional lives.

P2M or Product to Marketing, is the most interesting tool I have used so far. It is like a cerebrum of the organization. It contains all the necessary information about the projects and the individuals working on them. I have found this tool to be extremely helpful to extract information on projects and familiarize myself with the members responsible for each of the product development stages.

The co-op experience has motivated me to learn newer ways to organize myself from working remotely, and fostered a sense of responsibility from taking ownership of some projects. The wide exposure in collaborating with international clients and colleagues has also been extremely beneficial to fathom skills like teamwork and professional communication.

Personally, I believe that the best way to get accustomed to a workplace is by maintaining a healthy relationship with the people you work with. If you show dedication and eagerness to learn, it will certainly not go unnoticed, but in fact, motivate them to help you learn better. Try to make as many connections as possible, and don’t be reluctant to ask around questions you don’t have answers to!

Dear Future Intern: This is my advice...

When I was younger, my siblings and I played with.......

When I was younger, my siblings and I played with Play-Doh, Operation, and Baby Alive dolls. I then decided to apply for an internship at Hasbro because of their brand reputation. When I learned the internship would be in a virtual format, I had a sense of relief because I was concerned about being able to find housing during COVID-19 in a different state.

Before my first official day at Hasbro, the onboarding experience was terrific. I had the unique opportunity of learning Hasbro’s extensive history as a toy, entertainment, and gaming company.

This semester I had the pleasure to intern in the Global Tax Department. This was my first internship in tax, so the internship was a total learning experience for me. It was indeed a unique experience. Being on the Global Tax team, I also had the opportunity to work with colleagues in different countries.

The Hasbro culture has been excellent. Ever since my onboarding process, I have had a real feeling of the Hasbro culture. One thing I particularly enjoy is the flexibility in the work hours. Currently, I am a full-time student while also interning, so I am constantly reminded that I could do so any time I need to switch workdays or times. So, I would say the three words that come to mind about Hasbro’s culture are optimistic, flexible, and amicable.

If you are a future intern reading this, my advice would be to be comfortable stepping outside of the comfort zone. By that, I mean ask questions (tons of questions) and be content with trying new things. Whether if you are taking on a new assignment or project, be inquisitive. Being curious can lead to more opportunities and areas of growth.

Name: Kara Cunningham

School: Hampton University

Department: Global Tax

Greetings From a Year Up Intern

Hello! My name is Yan Carlos Velasquez, and I am......

Hello! My name is Yan Carlos Velasquez, and I am a Year Up intern working in University Relations and Recruiting at Hasbro. In my role as a University Relations Coordinator, I support the backend onboarding for all new intern and co-op hires and help to coordinate events with other interns and co-ops such as lunch and learn sessions and philanthropy activities.

As a student of Year Up, we are required to take a six-month internship with a partner company of their choosing based on our interests and skill sets. Before I knew I where I was going to be interning, I was nervous and anxious. While I was hopeful to have an opportunity to intern with Hasbro, I had no idea where I was going to end up as Year Up does not tell you ahead of time. The reason I was hopeful for an opportunity to work at Hasbro is because when I was a kid, I used to buy a lot of TRANSFORMERS toys as they were my favorite. I would watch all the TRANSFORMERS tv shows day and night and play the TRANSFORMERS video games. I always smiled whenever I would hear anything TRANSFORMERS related. The happiness I got from the brand is something I’ll remember forever. I want to be able to help make other kids happy like I was and help make the world a happier place overall. It seems like Hasbro does that.

When Year Up finally announced to me that I was going to be interning at Hasbro, I was so happy and excited. I just started interning here a week ago and I cannot wait to see where this journey takes me!

Yan Carlos Velasquez, University Relations Coordinator: Year Up

They Say Good Things Come in Threes, Right?

We meet again Mr. Potato Head, for the third time, however, this time.......

We meet again Mr. Potato Head, for the third time, however, this time is a bit different--we’re both wearing masks. Hi, my name is Liv DeLuca and I’m currently a senior studying Industrial Design at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. I’m currently on my third co-op at Hasbro as a Digital Model Artist with the Model Shop, except this time around, my commute looks a little different.

As a Digital Artist Co-op, I’ve had the opportunity to make some pretty sweet digital renders using Keyshot for multiple different brands, like My Little Pony, Star Wars, Monopoly, and more! I was able to apply my own knowledge, and expand my skills with this software, by learning from others on this amazing team. I can now start charging my fellow students for Keyshot tutorials when I get back for my senior year! ….kidding.

When I look back on my three co-ops at Hasbro, I can’t help but smile. Smile because of all the memories I’ve made. The connections I have built over the 2 years, some over coffee with designers from all different brands. All the laughs I’ve had, some over crumbs of Knead Donuts on Wednesdays. But my biggest grin from ear to ear comes from seeing how much I’ve grown as a designer and a person.

I got to experience three different types of work through my co-ops, each one giving me an idea of what kind of work I want to be doing when I graduate. I couldn’t have asked for better co-op experiences—I knew after my first one, that this was where I wanted to be. As someone who loves to laugh and make others laugh, what’s more perfect than designing products to bring the happiness of play to kids and families?

Good things can come in fours, right? Hopefully see you again soon Hasbro!

Liv DeLuca

The Sequel

Hi again! In case we haven’t met before, my name .......

Hi again! In case we haven’t met before, my name is Rachel. I am currently in my third year at the University of Cincinnati, DAAP, where I am pursuing a major in Industrial Design and a minor in Fine Art. This fall, I had the incredible opportunity to return to Hasbro for a second co-op. Now, I know what you’re thinking – “the sequel is never as good as the original.” However, my co-op with the Play-Doh team might just have proven that theory wrong.

Now, the beginning of this co-op was very different than my previous one. In January, I was walking through the Hasbro office in Rhode Island, even shaking hands with my new teammates. Flashforward to September, where setting up the VPN on my laptop has taken me the better part of three days. Talking to my new teammates via Microsoft Teams took some getting used to, but once I was settled in, our meetings flowed just as naturally as if we were talking in person. My managers did a great job of involving me and including me in team decisions, even from a remote setting.

A typical day for me includes a lot of ideation and sketching, refining concepts for projects, and communicating with vendors. The Play-Doh team always has something new and exciting in the works, so my “blue-sky” thinking is always ready for anything. No two days are ever the same, and in the same week, I might work on several vastly different projects with incredibly varied themes and objectives. The expanse of play is essentially endless, so my job as a design co-op always goes far beyond the ordinary.

One of the greatest challenges of this term is, of course, working remotely. From my experience, the most difficult aspect of the remote work environment is the complicated task of creating personal connections within your company. Fortunately, one of my managers introduced me to several of her contacts throughout the company and encouraged me to reach out and have one-on-one conversations with each of them. Each conversation that I had increased my knowledge about the company and gave me insights into the different roles that each team member plays in bringing a new product to life.

Another fantastic experience during this co-op was Hasbro’s annual Global Day of Joy. Naturally, this year’s event was very different than previous years, but that did not stop all of us from getting involved in our communities and spreading love during this holiday season. I personally was able to participate in several events, from creating activity kits for children in hospitals to painting canvases for refugees, veterans, and low-income families. These events provided great ways of connecting with the people on my team and with the people in our communities.

While the year 2020 has been difficult and unexpected, I am so unbelievably thankful to have spent the better part of it with my Hasbro family. This place has brought me so much joy in the midst of a dark year, and it has even given me the opportunity to contribute to the joy of others around the world as well. Every person that I have met here has been so welcoming to me and so passionate about their work. These are great people to work alongside, and I have learned so much and gained so much just by being here.

If you are a future intern or co-op reading this, my advice is to be ready and willing to take on any new challenge that comes your way. Whether it is a new project, a new work setting, or something else entirely – chase after those challenges with enthusiasm and learn to adjust and adapt when necessary. Challenging times provide moments that can shape us and can help us grow if we can recognize them. Take hold of those moments, even when it’s difficult, and they will cultivate your character.

(For extra thoughts from me, find my earlier blog post “Passion and Imagination” from Spring 2020!)

Rachel Dudley – Product Designer, Play-Doh

University of Cincinnati, DAAP

ArtCenter College of Design

Hey guys this is Skye! I'm the 2020 Fall Co-op......

Hey guys this is Skye! I'm the 2020 Fall Co-op for Kids Gaming!

I was quite happy when I saw the internship was virtual at first, since it's dangerous to get outside and meet people, but then I got a lot of problems with the IT setting up. Thanks to the IT helpdesk though they are helpful and well set up. And then the next problem is for product design, I need to do mock-ups for ideations, but there's no shop or materials available at home. I started to collect the Amazon boxes and cut them up. For the incoming virtual interns: save your boxes from now, they are your new best friends :) However, there are also good things about working at home. It's so easy to switch between meetings, and there's nobody staring at me when I'm working. The bed is 2 meters away from me, so I saved a lot of time from transportation.

My friends always say that the internship in big companies are unnecessary, since nobody will really give your actual projects and use your idea, that's not true in Hasbro. My first project starts on my second day. The mission was to rebrand a Hasbro Classic game, and it’s a real project. My manager Pat is also working on this and he tried to show me everything about the project to catch me up. Pat is super smart and understand all my concepts (which is hard sometimes to explain the rules and gameplay), and really gives me detailed notes that inspired me a lot. I got so excited that I made a song on guitar for the Classic Concept XD. In addition, he trusted me and let me do one of the design directions and brought one of my ideas to the new gameplay! He also sent me to other designers in the team to help with other cool games.

Anyways, although everything is on the right track for the virtual working, now I really wish to go work physically to playtest some of the toys! End with my post on Instagram: "I'm working on a crazily cool boardgame that I wanna show off on Instagram, but I cannot cuz it's Hasbro's secret so thank you for reading this nonsense!" Shout out to Pat and the Kids Gaming team, as well as all the co-ops you guys are awesome!

Skye Lou

ArtCenter College of Design

Product Design at Hasbro: This is the Way

Hello! My name is Veronica and I’m a Product Design Intern/Co-op in the Star Wars department. I can’t believe it has......

Hello! My name is Veronica and I’m a Product Design Intern/Co-op in the Star Wars department. I can’t believe it has almost been a month since I started at Hasbro! Looking back on everything that’s happened, I’ve definitely learned a lot. But first, let’s rewind to the beginning of this story:

I’m currently a senior at Yale University double majoring in art and mechanical engineering. I knew as soon as it was announced that all classes in the fall would be online, that spending four months sitting through virtual art and engineering lectures would not cut it in terms of professional and personal growth. Luckily, Hasbro’s co-op program seemed like the perfect opportunity for a gap semester. I have always loved storytelling and modelmaking, so this was right up my alley. After two virtual interviews, I officially joined the Star Wars team!

The program being entirely remote was unfortunate, but not unexpected. I knew that I wouldn’t be getting the typical intern experience, but I was still ecstatic to work on one of my favorite brands. During the month leading up to the start of the internship, all I wanted to do was re-watch all of the Star Wars movies and shows!

Going into the first week, I was excited but also nervous. I didn’t know what kinds of tasks I would be doing or who I was going to be working with. The Star Wars design team turned out to be a group of amazingly talented and experienced people who were eager to talk about the projects and concepts they were working on. They genuinely wanted me to be as involved as possible and were quick to get me in on projects.

After going through the arduous process of setting up my laptop (there always seems to be something that goes wrong with computers!), I was all set to work. I was surprised by how rapidly I was thrown into the design process. My dad always warned me that creative internships at big companies were always more grunt work than actual design, but it only took a few days into work to prove him wrong. One of the first things I did as an intern was sit in on a brainstorming meeting where we geeked out over possible upcoming toy concepts and I was even given the chance to share my own ideas. It was really cool to be a part of the conversation and I was so honored that the team wanted to know what I thought.

Working remotely is nice because you don’t have to go through the hassle of commuting, but it can also feel isolating, especially on days that you don’t have a lot of meetings. Luckily, everyone on my team is super responsive. The interns/co-ops even have their own group chat, so it’s fun to hear and relate to what everyone else is going through.

Lots of cool things have happened since I first started. I’ve gotten to work on a variety of different projects and I even had the chance to visit the office in Rhode Island last week! My supervisor took me through the building and showed me some prototypes for upcoming products. Words cannot describe how incredibly talented everyone at Hasbro is and I am so excited for the months to come. I can already feel the time slipping by! For incoming interns, my advice (and something that I’m working on myself) is to not be afraid to be heard. Your fresh perspective is valuable, and others want to hear your opinions!

Veronica Chen

Yale University

Counting the Toys

I really appreciated the opportunity to serve as an intern in the International Taxation Department at Hasbro Inc. From the time...

I really appreciated the opportunity to serve as an intern in the International Taxation Department at Hasbro Inc. From the time I began way back in March (pre-pandemic), I have felt welcomed and valued. I really enjoyed the initial tour of the toy design labs, and especially the walk down memory lane where Hasbro showcases the history of their brands.  Learning the backstory of Monopoly, Play-Doh, and Mr. Potato Head was very interesting.

The collaborative aspect of the project teams was very impressive. In fact, that culture of collaboration carried all the way down the street to the Taxation Department. Every member of The Tax Team was willing to help and provide clarification so that I could be successful on the projects I was assigned. I am grateful for the exposure I was given to all accounting principles and practices used in international taxation.

The biggest take away from my internship at Hasbro Inc. is not so much the accounting or the strong work ethic but the concept of making sure to have a little fun and a laugh along the way. The weekly remote game shows the company put together during quarantine was a lot of fun and gave us the opportunity to meet and interact with colleagues from other offices.  Thank you, Hasbro for the opportunity to learn, collaborate, and laugh. 

Anya Stimpson

Rhode Island College 2021

Treasuring the Internship

If you had told me at the beginning of this year that I would have an internship in Hasbro’s treasury department, I would be excited, but also a little confused. After all, I had never been someone deeply involved in the world of gaming....

If you had told me at the beginning of this year that I would have an internship in Hasbro’s treasury department, I would be excited, but also a little confused. After all, I had never been someone deeply involved in the world of gaming or entertainment, however the more I learned about Hasbro, the more I began to admire the company. Whether it be the bold new steps it was taking to expand through the acquisition of eOne, serving global communities with their philanthropic efforts or the simple fact that Hasbro wants to bring joy to those around the world; there is just so much to like about Hasbro.

Of course, as with all things in 2020, this year’s internship is far from normal, as I have been working from home since my internship started about a month and a half ago. While this setup could easily have been a disruption, I’ve been able to learn and bond so much with Hasbro employees and the treasury team in particular, that I feel I’m getting just as much out of this type of internship as I would have in person.

In general, my days interning in treasury consist of keeping the company’s financial forecasts up to date, helping wrap up the eOne acquisition by opening and closing the necessary markets, and keeping tabs on the – currently rather hectic – foreign exchange rates. I would never be able to do this on my own, and I’ve been lucky to have members of the treasury team to offer their assistance whenever I require it. With both the treasury team and Hasbro employees in general, I’ve encountered people who love to have fun and joke around while at the same time working hard to make sure the job is done right.

My work with the treasury group has been great, but there has been much more to my experience than just working in that department. One of the things that makes the Hasbro internship so great is that you get to learn from people across the entire company, even if your work does not overlap too much with certain other groups. For example, in the past week I was able to take part in a leadership round table with Hasbro President and Chief Operating Officer John Frascotti, as well as observe a presentation led by members of the animatronics team about how they develop their products.

Since the beginning of my internship I’ve learned a lot more about foreign exchange rates and how greatly that can impact the ability of a large company like Hasbro to effectively manage its cash, and in turn, operate its business. For any incoming interns, my main piece of advice would be straightforward: ask questions. In all likelihood, you’ll be asked to do things you’re unfamiliar with during your internship, and while it may be intimidating at first, knowing your team is there for you and welcoming of your questions is something small that can make your internship an even greater experience.

Charlie Roberts

College of the Holy Cross

How My Love for Toy Design Grew at Hasbro

Hi there! I’m Allison, a fourth-year student studying Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati and currently a Product Design Co-op working on Hasbro’s preschool brands. I’m passionate about toy design because I want to play a part in bringing.....

Hi there! I’m Allison, a fourth-year student studying Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati and currently a Product Design Co-op working on Hasbro’s preschool brands. I’m passionate about toy design because I want to play a part in bringing joy to children all over the world. I know how much joy Hasbro’s toys and games brought me when I was a kid (and still today), so I was ecstatic to be hired at Hasbro. This internship presented an opportunity to learn from an expert in the toy design industry that shares my passion for making the world a better place for all children and all families.

I soon learned that my co-op at Hasbro would be remote due to Covid-19. As much as I had been looking forward to seeing a giant Mr. Potato Head on my first day at Hasbro in Pawtucket, I was just so grateful for Hasbro’s continuing support for their intern program and my opportunity to be a part of it. Coming in, I had a lot of questions about how a virtual co-op would work, but this experience has far exceeded my expectations! The preschool design team was incredibly welcoming to me and the other two co-ops on my team. The most challenging part of working from home is that I won’t get to meet my teammates in person. However, I was able to talk to them on a regular basis, bounce ideas off them during brainstorms, and even chat about our new hobbies and lifestyles during quarantine.

I honestly did not know what to expect when I joined the team my first week. During my first meeting with my manager, we discussed what I wanted to learn during this experience and how we could accomplish that. That was really my first taste of Hasbro’s amazing company culture. Hasbro understands that making great toys and games starts with giving people an environment in which they can be at their best and contribute their best ideas. I was constantly encouraged to speak up whenever I had an idea and to explore it further.

One of my favorite parts of working at Hasbro was actually a surprise during my first week. I was originally hired to work on the preschool brands Playskool and Mr. Potato Head. However, I was also given the opportunity to work on the PJ Masks brand, so I’ve had a lot of exposure to how the relationship between entertainment creators and toy designers’ functions. I learned how to translate the magic moments that kids love from their favorite tv shows into toys that they’ll love to play with!

I’ve learned two big things throughout this experience: great ideas can come from anywhere, and you should never be afraid to speak up. If I were to give advice to new Hasbro interns, I would say don’t be afraid to make your ideas heard! You have a fresh perspective, and there is a lot of value in that. Ask tons of questions to learn as much as you can and have fun!

Allison Linkugel

University of Cincinnati

What a Summer!

What a summer! I have had such a great experience being an intern here at Hasbro. Where do I even begin? I chose Hasbro largely due to...........

What a summer! I have had such a great experience being an intern here at Hasbro. Where do I even begin? I chose Hasbro largely due to the special people I met during my interview. The Royalties team is filled with individuals who are brilliant, passionate, and fun. They really emphasized the positive work culture and that was something I was definitely looking forward to.

When the pandemic started, I remember being really nervous about the status of my internship. When I found out the internship would be 100% virtual, I was a little bummed that I wouldn’t be able to work with my team in person, but was also so grateful to even have the opportunity to learn virtually from my team. Reflecting back on these past few months, I can definitely say with confidence that my team has taught me so much, even while working remotely. The most beneficial part about being virtual was the structure of the day and working from the comfort of my home. It was definitely nice to have no commute to work! The most challenging part was probably onboarding while being virtual. I had a lot to learn and was nervous about getting oriented virtually, instead of in-person. However, my entire team was extremely adapting and helpful. They set up a welcoming meeting for me on my first day where everyone introduced themselves to me, which made me feel more connected with the team. They always made sure to check in on me and made sure I knew everything that was going on. One of the main difficulties I encountered while onboarding virtually was getting access to all the secure files and apps. My team and the IT department were very helpful, however, and I got access in a short amount of time and have had minimal technical difficulties since.

Overall, I loved my experience here at Hasbro. I grew both as a team member and leader. I was able to fine-tune my time management and organizational skills, while greatly expanding upon my knowledge in the financial world. It helped me decide that I am really interested in pursuing a career in the Royalty field. I was also able to (virtually) network with many other interns at Hasbro, which was great. The company set up weekly lunch sessions for the interns to connect and also sessions to meet with the leadership team which was an awesome way to connect with new people and learn so many new things. To make the most out of your internship, I would tell future incoming interns to be willing to work hard, have fun, and connect with others. It’s amazing how much I’ve learned from other people here, and I’m definitely glad I was able to network with so many different people. Hasbro is an extremely welcoming, inclusive, and thriving company, and I am so grateful to have completed my internship here these past few months!

Alex Vadaketh

Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia

Remote Work is awesome when you live with your coworker!

Hey y’all! I’m Lainey Davidson, and my friend Mild Niamkongkit and I have been Digital Sculpting.......

Hey y’all! I’m Lainey Davidson, and my friend Mild Niamkongkit and I have been Digital Sculpting Interns for the Burbank office this summer!

Our story starts when Hasbro visited our school, Ringling, last October. We were both selected to participate in a workshop to create an articulated toy sculpt based off of a Magic the Gathering character. There was only one problem- we had never played MTG before. Our professor overheard this and would not let us embarrass ourselves to Hasbro by being unfamiliar with their lovely products. A lunch date was set for us to learn.

Mild and I were classmates and acquaintances at the time, but I was excited to get to know her more. She arrived with a large pitcher of Thai Tea, a bright orange, sweet, creamy, highly caffeinated concoction that I fell in love with instantly. We bonded over food, fashion, and a fierce competitive nature. While I ultimately became more obsessed with Magic the Gathering, we both left sharing a more powerful thing: friendship.

Fast forward to COVID19. The world is on fire. Nothing is certain. We just got an announcement that the rest of the semester was to be online, campus was closing. We all had to go home. I was so upset about leaving my friends that I slept on the couch in Mild’s apartment every night so our friend group could stay up late talking. I was going home to South Carolina, and Mild was living with our close friend in Michigan. The only bit of good news we got that week was the date of our Hasbro interview, and Mild’s and mine were back to back!

We hyped each other up. She went first and ended the interview by talking about the amazing artist that was coming up. I opened by lamenting that the person they just interviewed was too good, and a hard act to follow.

Somehow, the ruse worked! We texted each other screenshots of our offers pretty much simultaneously and started to Facetime. We were both beyond excited, but the news was more bittersweet to Mild. An internship in LA, even a remote one, made it really hard to go back to Thailand. There’s the complications with immigration in the time of COVID, and the issue of being on an opposite time zone for remote work. I offered my house, and it was set. We found the silver lining to all this craziness in the world, and it was hanging out near the beach together as we sculpted through the summer.

The internship was a dream come true. I’ve been obsessed with Hasbro properties since I was a little girl and getting my first Disney Princess assignment was exhilarating. I couldn’t believe I got to contribute to the canon of Princess-dom! It was intimidating because I knew it had to be just right to honor the brand and source material.

I was also nervous to be in such a professional setting with these incredible artists as managers. I wanted to impress them and be respectful- but from our first meeting I realized we were going to be friends as well. They were incredibly friendly and nice, but also goofy and willing to mess around and nerd out with us! Our weekly meetings became a time I looked forward to immensely. It was so great to talk about sculpting techniques or what my manager's pet giant tortoise had accidentally eaten that week. One of the biggest downfalls of working remotely was not to be able to go out to lunch and really get to know them more.

This summer was a big learning process for all of us, but Hasbro really did do a wonderful job of transitioning from in person to a remote workplace. I think a big part of it is the lovely personalities that pop out just as brightly in the Teams meetings, as well as great management and organization that made it a really smooth transition. At the end of my internship, we discussed what work the best and what could be improved on. I felt like my opinion and experience was really valued, and some of my and other intern suggestions are actively being implemented. Hasbro showed me what being on a team- in a true sense of the word- was like. And I was so lucky to have one of my teammates working right alongside me!

Lainey Davidson

Ringling College of Art and Design

Getting to be a Kid Again!

When I got the call from Hasbro that they were accepting my offer as a summer intern, I was elated! I had decided to apply to Hasbro for the pure fact that their toys and games shaped me into the person I am today. So, to say I was excited was an understatement....

When I got the call from Hasbro that they were accepting my offer as a summer intern, I was elated! I had decided to apply to Hasbro for the pure fact that their toys and games shaped me into the person I am today. So, to say I was excited was an understatement.

Later that month after the call, COVID-19 was spreading. My friends who also earned summer internships were receiving word that their opportunities were cancelled. However, Hasbro reached out to me and explained that their internships/co-ops were going to be 100% online. Even though it would have been great to spend the summer in Rhode Island, it felt good knowing I was still going to have this amazing experience.

My first week at Hasbro was exciting! My team welcomed me with virtual open arms and showed me the ropes. I was invited to lots of meetings to get used to the lingo, see what current games they were working on, and to introduce myself to more people outside my team. There are lots of fun games I get to play with my co-workers over video chat. Meetings don’t feel like meetings when we are talking about games.

When I learned that the internship was going to be 100% virtual, I was a little disappointed because I had been looking forward to experiencing the working environment of being an in-house sculptor, but I was still super excited. Meeting virtually with the sculpting team was really laid back and even though I didn’t get to be there in person, they made me feel like I was still part of the team. The hardest part about working remotely was not having access to more powerful computers, but that wasn’t usually too much of an issue. I also really missed having people around me while I worked since I’m used to that environment at school, but listening to podcasts helped some.

My first week at Hasbro was super exciting and a little bit stressful since it started the day after my last class of the school year, and I hadn’t slept much because of finals. Everything went really smoothly, and I was impressed with how prepared everyone was to work virtually. I was nervous at first because I still wasn’t very used to doing regular video conferences, but after seeing how friendly and casual everyone on the team was, I felt more at ease.

Not being able to work side by side with my manager or co-workers was a huge unknown for me. Product design is such a collaborative field and I would be learning so many new skills, so I wasn’t sure how it would work over video conference. I was pleasantly surprised! Having one on one meetings with my manager and the option to chat or email others with any questions I have makes my home office feel closer to theirs.

Working at Hasbro has been a blast! Being able to be immersed in a company that values their employees and creates a playful and fun work environment is immeasurable and will make it hard to leave when my internship is over. Being able to design fun games for kids who are learning and developing every day is very fulfilling, and being able to come up with those ideas and gameplay makes me feel like a kid again. I can’t imagine leaving this incredible internship but the connections and memories I make will last a lifetime. Hasbro is the place to be!

Maddie Dempster

Western Michigan University

Not Going to Lie.

Interning as a toy designer at Hasbro has been a hope of mine ever since I started my degree in Industrial Design at BYU. I applied for the summer co-op with high hopes and low expectations, not anticipating actually....

Interning as a toy designer at Hasbro has been a hope of mine ever since I started my degree in Industrial Design at BYU. I applied for the summer co-op with high hopes and low expectations, not anticipating actually getting an interview, much less a job with such an iconic company. So not going to lie, I was shocked and honored when I was offered a position as the Play-Doh team intern.

Working remotely has had its ups and downs. Not going to lie- some days were really hard to stay motivated and in communication with my team, but overall, it still turned out to be the most incredible experience. Over the summer I was able to support the Play-Doh team in a variety of projects at all different stages of development- doing trend research, creating mood boards, brainstorming, doing concept sketching and concept refinement, creating cost evaluation sheets, presentations and spec documents. I had the opportunity to present several of my ideas in meetings and to work on a personal project in my spare time using the new skills I’d gained. I listened in on strategy planning meetings in the morning and listened to lots of podcasts while sketching alone in the afternoon.

What’s made this remote internship so amazing has honestly been the people. Not going to lie, having such a kind and welcoming team to meet with every day, incredible coordinators who set up lectures and meetings with different departments, and other interns willing to reach out and spend time together (over Microsoft teams of course) helped to make this internship a time of incredible personal and professional growth. The passion and dedication I witnessed from everyone I interacted with motivated me to work hard and have fun this summer at Hasbro.

Carly Matheson

Brigham Young University

I was really impressed by the company’s genuine desire to do good in the world!

Hello! I’m Mary Kane, a rising senior at the Savannah College of Art and Design and a Game Design major. I was a sculpting co-op. During the fall quarter of 2019, Hasbro’s sculpting team visited my school and came to talk to my character art class about our work. I was a bit intimidated because.....

Hello! I’m Mary Kane, a rising senior at the Savannah College of Art and Design and a Game Design major. I was a sculpting co-op. During the fall quarter of 2019, Hasbro’s sculpting team visited my school and came to talk to my character art class about our work. I was a bit intimidated because they all seemed to know so much, but everyone was really friendly and gave me helpful critique. After listening to a presentation from the team that same day, I was really impressed by the company’s genuine desire to do good in the world and make kids happy by making toys. I participated in a Hasbro winter workshop where I created an articulated action figure under the guidance of a mentor within the sculpting team, and that was a ton of fun. I learned a lot and even though it was challenging, I discovered that sculpting action figures was just as fun as creating characters for games. Both have their challenges and perks.

After having such an awesome experience with the winter workshop, I decided to apply for the summer sculpting co-op position, and almost went into shock when I got the call telling me that I had been selected for the position. I couldn’t stop saying “oh my god”. I was so excited! I couldn’t believe I was going to get the chance to work with such skilled artists!

When I learned that the internship was going to be 100% virtual, I was a little disappointed because I had been looking forward to experiencing the working environment of being an in-house sculptor, but I was still super excited. Meeting virtually with the sculpting team was really laid back and even though I didn’t get to be there in person, they made me feel like I was still part of the team. The hardest part about working remotely was not having access to more powerful computers, but that wasn’t usually too much of an issue. I also really missed having people around me while I worked since I’m used to that environment at school, but listening to podcasts helped some.

My first week at Hasbro was super exciting and a little bit stressful since it started the day after my last class of the school year, and I hadn’t slept much because of finals. Everything went really smoothly, and I was impressed with how prepared everyone was to work virtually. I was nervous at first because I still wasn’t very used to doing regular video conferences, but after seeing how friendly and casual everyone on the team was, I felt more at ease.

On a typical workday I would sculpt from 8 am to 5:15 pm, making sure to take a break every hour to get up and stretch and at 12 pm to eat lunch. My working space wasn’t the most ergonomically friendly since I just set it up in my room but getting to see my cats more often was nice. I really appreciated the Tips and Tricks meetings that members of the sculpting team presented, as well as all the other virtual meetings and presentations. I also emailed and called to talk about projects, and all the communication helped me to feel less lonely while working remotely.

One of the best things about the internship was how laid back and welcoming the sculpting team was. All my managers were super friendly and easy to talk to, and I never felt like I couldn’t ask questions, which I really appreciated. Since everyone on the team was very knowledgeable and obviously a great artist, I was a bit intimidated when I first started, but I quickly got over that because they were all very down to earth and happy to take the time to answer my questions and teach me things necessary to the job. The other sculpting co-ops were also super talented and friendly, and I enjoyed getting to talk to them. Overall, the people I worked with were probably my favorite part of the internship.

Over the summer I worked on a ton of awesome brands. I got to work on a lot of Star Wars figures, which was a dream come true. I feel so lucky to have been able to work on projects and characters that I loved when I was a kid (and still love today)! My favorite memories are probably just having fun conversations with the sculpting team and being able to work on one of my favorite Star Wars characters.

The thing that impressed me the most about Hasbro is how genuinely welcoming and caring everyone I got to work with was, as well as how much passion everyone has for making toys. I cannot overstate how much I appreciate this encouraging environment, as it was an amazing foray into my first job working as a sculptor. It really felt like everyone there wanted me to succeed not only for the sake of the company and the products I was making, but so that I would become a more confident artist and person, even beyond my time at Hasbro. I truly feel like I’ve become much more confident in my ability as a sculptor since I’ve learned so much since I started this internship.

If I had to give advice to incoming interns, I guess it would be to take a moment to appreciate how awesome it is that you get to be a part of this process, and to not be intimidated by working at such a well-known company. Communication is also really important, and you should be emailing back and forth with your managers pretty often.

Mary Kane- Sculptor/3D artist Co-op

Savannah College of Art and Design

3 Myths I had about Designing for Toys.

Hi everyone! A little introduction before we begin -- I’m Patricia Yu, a product designer from Carnegie Mellon University, and I’m very interested in designing for interactions that bridge the worlds of physical products and modern digital technologies. You can see why I was extremely happy......

Hi everyone! A little introduction before we begin -- I’m Patricia Yu, a product designer from Carnegie Mellon University, and I’m very interested in designing for interactions that bridge the worlds of physical products and modern digital technologies. You can see why I was extremely happy when I got the chance to work at Hasbro and thus being able to take part in delivering magical play experiences.

After some weeks of working closely with my manager and talking to others across disciplines, it has come to where I am now, in the midst of my internship, a perfect place where I’m gaining a good amount of insight into the product development process. I’ve come to realize some of my previous impressions on what the title, “product designer” entails is very different from reality.

Let me take you through my 3 major findings…

Myth 1: The appearance and interaction of a toy is created by Industrial Designers
As someone that studied product/industrial design in my undergraduate degree, I imagined that a product designer would be creating the concepts of a toy product by sketching it out and prototyping it. After that, manufacturing and engineers would take over to help turn this product into reality.

But that was completely untrue and simplified. In reality, there are so many different designers with unique areas of expertise. With talking to and learning from different people here at Hasbro such as packaging designers, industrial designers, designers working in specific brands and types of games, marketers, engineers, and more, the larger picture became clearer to me where my skills as a product designer and other people’s skills comes in.

A product designer is more about creating the story behind a product than designing its form. It’s another way of giving the best experience as possible to a user through closely examining what the target audience wants and enjoys, then using this information to design a play pattern that will produce long term engagement and value.

And an added bonus lesson for me from this myth, is that only with all these different types of designers and specialists working together can a product be successfully delivered. I got to truly appreciate the role of product designers for how much skill they need to bring people working together, such as knowing how to encourage others to want to do work or delegating parts of a project to others without micromanaging.

Myth 2: All projects take about the same amount of time to complete
Before I even started working at Hasbro, my manger left me with a big wonderment on what exactly I would be working on. She explained to me that work really depends on the time and it is quite random. At first, I was slightly confused by how that might be the case as you can imagine as an undergraduate in a planned semester schedule all year, but now I get it. – projects at Hasbro are “like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get”. It depends on the season and directions of thoughts of that time that determines what project people would be focusing on.

I guess I got lucky by being able to experience a project that just began when I started my internship and follow through most of its entire journey. The product is currently being planned to be revealed next year in 2021, so everyone working on this toy with lightning speed. But of course, not all projects are like this one. Each project depending on its brand and situation will have its own pace and timeline, which was a big contrast to the planned-out time frames for projects in college.

From this, being flexible became something extra important. Because each project is so different from the next, one has to pivot and work accordingly to these circumstances.

Myth 3: Engaging interactions will surely bring successful project launches
Has anyone at an earlier stage of their career thought like this before? “If I give my best effort and create this amazing product, then the product will be a success in the market!” How this thought has changed! It’s not that I’m disillusioned by reality, but rather gained real life experience in the workforce on how consumer products work. This widened my perspective on what is determined as success. Unlike college and getting feedback for your work, in the real world, even if it had fulfilled the criteria of being a valuable interactive product, its final success is sometimes dependent on unforeseeable factors. For example, it was just not the right time, there were other products on the market that took away its attention, the sales team did not share the same value for a project…

It can be heartbreaking seeing the results of a project after so much hard work, and even more difficult when you have to call it the time to kill the project all together, but in the end, it’s important to remember that this is what agile design thinking is. I have to emphasize the significance of flexibility again, because in order to be a great product designer working in consumer products, you must always keep an open and forward thinking mind.

And these were the 3 main myths I demystified during my time at Hasbro. I hope you got to learn a little bit about my journey or was able to allow you to reflect on your own experiences.

Patricia Yu

Carnegie Mellon University

This Internship HAS been real, BRO

Hey there! My name is Sam. I am a 2nd year packaging science student from Rochester Institute of Technology. My co-op here at Hasbro as a packaging engineer has been an amazing experience. I have learned so much....

Hey there! My name is Sam. I am a 2nd year packaging science student from Rochester Institute of Technology. My co-op here at Hasbro as a packaging engineer has been an amazing experience. I have learned so much since starting in January and met so many new friends!

When I found out that I was going to co-op for Hasbro, I was ecstatic! At the career fair at my school, I was not expecting to interview with any company since I was only a freshman at the time, especially Hasbro. When I got the call, I couldn’t stop shaking and smiling! I was so happy and immediately called my mom to tell her. It was crazy to think that I would be creating package designs for toys that I grew up playing with!

Here at Hasbro, my work entailed refreshing packages to be plastic free, brainstorming and concepting new structure ideas, and redesigning on shelf packages. I have had the opportunity to work a bit on all brands, but the main brand I worked on is Play-Doh. A couple months into my co-op, I was given the chance to lead two segments of Play-Doh! When I heard the news, I was super excited but also super nervous since I have never done anything like this before. Sadly, we started working from home due to COVID-19 shortly after, but my manager/mentors have been so amazing and helpful!

During my co-op, I participated in the Engineering Product Innovation Co-op (EPIC) project. My group pitched Magic: The Gathering custom legendary creature cards. Not only did we get to present to Brian Chapman, president of Design and Development for Hasbro, but we also got to schedule a separate meeting with the Wizards of the Coast team who produce MTG cards! This was an incredible opportunity that I never thought I would experience.

Some struggles I have had are being able to create unique structures. I was able to brainstorm many new package structure ideas for different brands because of the plastic-free initiative. However, it was difficult to concept something and then create it since I did not have much ArtiosCAD experience before starting. All the packaging engineers were so supportive and eager to help; they would even create the structure step by step for me to watch/learn.

My experience at Hasbro is one I will never forget. Since starting, I have improved my ArtiosCAD skills, met skillful packaging engineers, and made friendships that will last a lifetime. I also have been able to work with designers, project managers, etc. as a team to accomplish final products. My manager has been so supportive and helpful along this journey. Even during the work-at-home phase, she is always there to answer my questions or help me (even when she’s super busy)! All in all, thank you to everyone that has made this journey such a memorable one!

Sam Domzalski - Packaging Engineer Co-op

Rochester Institute of Technology

The passion of everyone I’ve encountered at Hasbro is contagious!

If you had told me a year ago that I would be interning at Hasbro, I would never have believed you. Hasbro toys and games have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, so you can imagine how much of a dream role this was!...

If you had told me a year ago that I would be interning at Hasbro, I would never have believed you. Hasbro toys and games have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, so you can imagine how much of a dream role this was!

Given the current global climate during the COVID situation, an opportunity to bring new and exciting forms of entertainment to everyone stuck at home seemed like a perfect way to spend my summer. Knowing I could make even the smallest difference in a family’s day is enough inspiration to keep me motivated.

With the transition to a new work from home model, I had plenty of questions and concerns about how my internship would look different than I had originally expected. Any doubt quickly disappeared the first week with how welcoming and involving my team was despite never meeting face to face. Keeping an open line of communication with my team and asking plenty of questions helped make my transition into the corporate world as smooth as possible.

One of the things that surprised me most was how close knit my team was and how easily I was integrated into the highly collaborative environment. Having daily team meetings has been incredibly beneficial, allowing time for everyone to discuss project developments and openly share ideas. Creating this comfortable atmosphere helped me to feel confident in sharing my own input and not being afraid of bringing a fresh perspective to the team.

To now be hands-on with some of Hasbro Gaming’s classic brands such as Monopoly, Clue, and Risk has given me invaluable industry experience you won’t find anywhere else. Applying my technical skills was only the surface level of my contributions, as I was quickly challenged to brainstorm new product concepts, lead virtual board game tests, and even create digital product visuals to present to retail partners. Working with interdisciplinary team members has been a new experience for me, but one that I can say has solidified my creative thinking with a new arsenal of knowledge.

At the end of this internship I know I will look back on significant personal and professional growth. The passion of everyone I’ve encountered at Hasbro is contagious – an influence in the best possible way. From not believing I could get the job to a new sense of confidence and unforgettable summer; I cannot recommend it enough!

Jeremy Hroma

Product Design Intern | Hasbro Gaming

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

My Experience Sculpting Toys at Hasbro

I chose to be a part of the Hasbro internship program after members of Hasbro’s sculpting team came to my college to review portfolios and interview people. Initially I applied to the portfolio review on a whim just to see what they had to say, but after seeing their presentation....

I chose to be a part of the Hasbro internship program after members of Hasbro’s sculpting team came to my college to review portfolios and interview people. Initially I applied to the portfolio review on a whim just to see what they had to say, but after seeing their presentation and talking with them personally I felt that sculpting toys was what I wanted to do with my work after college. While COVID provided unique challenges, I was excited to learn and work in a professional environment for the first time. I was specifically interested in how the pipeline would change from just working on school projects to working on projects that will be released as a product for consumers.

My first week at Hasbro was weird because it was uncharted territory for both me and my bosses and supervisors. I expected things to be much more difficult for that reason. I think everyone was prepared and the onboarding process was made much more comfortable meshing with the team. It also helped that a friend of mine from school was also working as a temp. Knowing someone made it easier and more comfortable to start talking and presenting projects.

A day in the life of being a Hasbro intern during this time was basic. I woke up and worked from 8 to 5:15 with a lunch break, and once or twice a week we would have team meetings. Including the team meetings, I also would talk through text, Microsoft teams, and email pretty much daily. I think the great communication made working alone much more enjoyable so that I am not guessing at what my supervisors want from me.

This summer I worked mostly on projects surrounding Dungeons and Dragons as well as a couple action figures for Marvel Legends as well. This was perfect for me as I am both an avid comic book reader, and I play a lot of Dungeons and Dragons, as well as Magic: The Gathering. What surprised me the most was how relaxed everyone was. Obviously, everyone was professional, but I appreciated that the supervisors were very direct and encouraged participation and conversation, and that reaching them over text or video was also welcome. I think this really helped me and fit my personality very well because it allowed for clear communication, which allowed me to know exactly what I needed to do and how to create models that were representative of the concept art or vision of my supervisors.

Having weekly demos and tutorials also helped as well, and I learned things about printing like how to shell a model, or just as simple as how a 3D printer works that I had never even thought of before. I appreciated that Hasbro as a company and the team I worked in was invested and committed to making me a better artist, in addition to just another worker, and I think this really helped me develop.

For any new interns I would recommend making sure you are clearly communicating with your supervisors and sending screenshots constantly so that they are seeing what you’re working on and are able to give you regular critique.

Jonathan Gilboa

Savannah College of Art and Design

Interactive Design and Game Development

Sculpting Studio

A Dream Come True

Never in a million years did I think I would intern at Hasbro. In fact, I even said that to myself when I first applied to the position online. I was applying left and right, trying to find a summer internship before my senior year of college. I remember telling my mother that I applied,....

Never in a million years did I think I would intern at Hasbro. In fact, I even said that to myself when I first applied to the position online. I was applying left and right, trying to find a summer internship before my senior year of college. I remember telling my mother that I applied, telling her, “It’s never going to happen, but why not?”

I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’ve been with Hasbro for almost a full year now and I am loving every second of it. The job I never thought I would land has been everything I could have wished for and more. As a super fan and child at heart, I knew there couldn’t be a better fit for me than at Hasbro. Knowing that what I do at work in some way (big or small) helps make the world a better place for children and their families brings myself the utmost joy.

I believe that everyone needs to find a job they are utterly passionate about, despite whether they work there or not. With Hasbro, I’ve found that. I would have always been a fan of the toys and games the company produces but after working here, I have an even deeper and profound connection with them. Hasbro is no longer just a collection of products and entertainment I enjoy; it is a fundamental part of my life.

Working at Hasbro has been my first experience into the corporate world and the transition has been seamless. I mean, how could I not feel comfortable at a desk surrounded by tons of awesome toys? Every day that I go into work (which is now my kitchen), I think about how lucky I am.

I have my team to thank for such an amazing start to my professional career. #TeamAwesome has provided me with constant support and guidance, helping me become not only a better employee – but an even better person. From them I have learned what it takes to be successful in the professional world and in life. When I think of Hasbro, I think of big smiles, loud laughs, and tons of joy. #TeamAwesome embodies that to a tee, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

After a year of working hard and enjoying every moment, that sense of doubt I had in myself when I applied to the job is completely gone. In fact, it left me pretty quickly. Right after my first day, actually. As soon as I stepped foot in NPA 1027, I felt like I belonged. Not long after, I realized that I am capable. When I think back to the day I applied and how much has changed since then, I can’t help but shake my head and laugh at how silly I was. I found my confidence here, and I encourage any prospective or current intern to do the same. Never doubt yourself. It doesn’t matter where you came from, you’re capable. Once you realize that… trust me, others will too.

Dylan, Global Communications Intern

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

I was highly ecstatic about my internship at Hasbro!

My name is Samantha Castrillon, and I am currently a student at Year Up Providence Rhode Island studying IT. My internship role is working with the Global Planners in Hasbro....

Hello everyone,

My name is Samantha Castrillon, and I am currently a student at Year Up Providence Rhode Island studying IT. My internship role is working with the Global Planners in Hasbro.

I am part of an internship program called Year Up and when I first found out I would be placed in Hasbro I was highly ecstatic about it, but I was also partly nervous about doing well in my role. I was mainly looking forward to meeting the other staff members as I’ve heard how friendly the environment was.

I was very nervous to shift into working in a real office setting as well as feeling grateful for the opportunity to be there. I was trained to be in a professional work space but actually being in one was different and I thought it would be very strict even with friendly staff but I was proven wrong right away as everyone was very open to meeting me, speaking with me, and inviting me to meetings during my second week. I was honestly very appreciative and much nicer than I already expected it to be!

Something that surprised me was how comfortable I felt being there! It didn’t feel like I wasn’t supposed to be there, it was open and a calming space to be in. It’s quieter than I expected but even when there are conversations happening it’s still a relaxing welcoming environment to work in and I had no problem getting up and asking my supervisor any questions or for any help.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned since starting my internship is to never be afraid to ask questions. Other important lessons are always having a notebook, make sure you are following up with your team or supervisor after a meeting, and speaking of meetings it’s 100% okay to send someone a meeting invite if you have any questions with them or would like to learn more.

Since starting, I feel that in one of the ways I’ve changed is my confidence! It’s always been something I’ve struggled with especially in a group or team setting, but since then I’ve come out of my shell and I find I’m not really worried about the small stuff I was worried about before. I’ve grown into someone who isn’t afraid to just go ahead and send an e-mail to a fellow team member or to set up a team meeting with someone.

What I recommend is making sure to meet with everyone and learn about their specific role and what they do. That applies to everyone not just on your team. You should look and ask for more work you can do to help, it’ll help ease the workload for everyone on the team. An important tip is to make sure you ask to attend any and all meetings your team is having even if it may not apply to you right away the information will help you later on and it’s an important learning opportunity. Hope this helps any future interns and have fun!

Warm Wishes,

Samantha Castrillon

Year Up-Rhode Island

Peace Out PlayDoh!

Hi there! My name is Andy. I’m a 2nd year industrial design student enrolled at the University of Cincinnati.Back in August when I was applying to internships, Hasbro stood out to me. I have a HUGE love for toys, and I knew it would be better than working some boring office job....

Hi there! My name is Andy. I’m a 2nd year industrial design student enrolled at the University of Cincinnati.

Back in August when I was applying to internships, Hasbro stood out to me. I have a HUGE love for toys, and I knew it would be better than working some boring office job and sketching door handles all day. When I got the position with the PlayDoh team, I literally could not believe it. PlayDoh is just one of those things everyone has played with before. I remember telling my friends and them saying to me “What’re you going to do all day? Play with PlayDoh?”

The tasks I was assigned were essential to the process of getting a toy to market. These tasks included sketching concepts, making toy models, testing products, creating presentations and much more. I felt like my work was appreciated and recognized by my managers.

My managers were more than understanding and encouraging. With this being my first co-op, I definitely came into this position unsure of myself. I felt shy to speak up and ask questions and I didn’t know if my skills would be good enough. My managers were more than welcoming and at meetings invited my input and appreciated it. They also had scheduled time every week to go over my work and open up a time for me to ask questions. They established a comfortable work environment and I’m so grateful for it. The PlayDoh team is like a family.

My time in the office at Hasbro was unfortunately cut short due to the COVID19 pandemic, but I’m definitely hopeful to make up that lost time with another co-op opportunity here. In this time, I’ve made some great friends, met some talented designers, and built up my design skills. Most importantly, the products and time I’ve spent here have brought thousands of children so much joy. I’m truly proud to say that I have worked here.

Andy Domanick

University of Cincinnati

A Great Start to a Design Career

Heya! I’m Olivia, and I’m a pre-junior industrial design student at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.Funny thing about my application to Hasbro; I actually ended up interviewing with about 5 different teams at Hasbro before I landed on the FurReal Friends and Baby Alive team....

Heya! I’m Olivia, and I’m a pre-junior industrial design student at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.

Funny thing about my application to Hasbro; I actually ended up interviewing with about 5 different teams at Hasbro before I landed on the FurReal Friends and Baby Alive team. I couldn’t help but laugh every time I got a new email saying a team wanted to talk with me. I even had 2 interviews right back to back in one day. The people at Hasbro were really supportive throughout the entire process though. It’s safe to assume I was able to eventually land the job, considering I am now making a blog post as an intern.

Speaking of toy design, my actual work varies from sketching different potential designs for accessories and new toys, working on color and/or pattern studies, renders, brand research, and pattern creation. Even though I’m still relatively new to Industrial design (this is my first design job), my coworkers still give me actual design work and are really patient with showing me the ropes.

There are quite a few things that I like about working here at Hasbro, but my monkey brain demands I write about the free piles. Different teams all around the building will often leave various toys and supplies they don’t need any more in designated “free piles” for people to take from. Which is perfect for a packrat (me) who enjoys filling up their space with as many cute figurines and knick-knacks as humanly possible. Also, pro tip: Don’t be afraid to talk to people and go to events. Everyone here is super nice and would love to strike up a conversation, and there’s groups for a bunch of different interests where you can go meet people who like the same things as you.

As a kid who grew up playing with a large majority of the brands that I’m now working with, its weirdly nostalgic to now be a part of the process of making the toys that kids will be playing with. I know toy design isn’t making medical instruments or finding the cure for world hunger or some other huge world changing idea, but it is uplifting to think that what I contribute to a toy could be one of the defining parts of a kid’s life. I could be helping to make a kid’s future favorite toy. And that’s really one of the best parts of this field.

Olivia, Baby Alive and FurReal Friends Product Design Co-op

University of Cincinnati

I always get support at Hasbro!

My name is Yanru Zhang. I’m an international student that came from China. I’m currently studying Finance and Accounting major in Northeastern University. In Hasbro, my co-op position is working with Global Finance Operation team...

Hi everyone,

My name is Yanru Zhang. I’m an international student that came from China. I’m currently studying Finance and Accounting major in Northeastern University. In Hasbro, my co-op position is working with Global Finance Operation team. I have three awesome colleagues in the RI office.

The reason why I chose to come to Hasbro for my Co-op is because Hasbro is a world well-known play and entertainment company!

The first week worked in Hasbro I felt very happy! People in Hasbro are very friendly and warm, make me feel grateful to come to my work every morning. I love to work with my team, working in a global role, I’m growing my knowledge every day. We have two other team members in London. At the beginning it was a challenge for me to understand their British accent during our meeting, but now I got used to it. During my work, I always can get support from my team. They always have the time to answer my questions and explain to me very clearly. I’ve also made good friendships with colleagues in the Treasury department because our office is so close to each other, sometimes we will schedule a lunch time and talk about what they do in their job position.

I love to work in Hasbro! I think most important thing that Hasbro does right is treating everybody equally. I feel I have been treated very equally as a co-op student. At the beginning of my co-op, my colleague told me, co-op position is a good opportunity for me to understand each different teams in the finance department, it is important for me to find out which part of finance I like to do, so he helped me scheduled meeting with other teams, showed me what do they do, how their team’s work connect to our team. This part of company culture is very awesome. They treat co-op students as an important part in Hasbro.

So far, I have been working in Hasbro for three months. I felt myself become more confident in social network, a better communicator to interact with my colleagues. Gained professional knowledge in Corporate finance world. Specially working from home with my team during quarantine, made my co-op experience become more valuable memory in my life.

For the new interns, I will suggest to them to make more connections with other people except from their team, because this will help them to have a bigger picture about their work. Please do not afraid to ask wrong questions or feel disappoint about yourself. This is a pathway every new employee needs to come over, quickly get your positive energy back, and keep learning catch up with other professional workers.

Best Regard,

Yanru Zhang- Global Finance Operations Co-op

Northeastern University

Being on the cusp on innovation in the toy and entertainment world!

Hello! My name is Brian Thornber, I’m currently a Junior at Johnson & Wales University in downtown Providence Rhode Island. I have an Associates degree in Computerized Drafting, and am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Design…

Hello! My name is Brian Thornber, I’m currently a Junior at Johnson & Wales University in downtown Providence Rhode Island. I have an Associates degree in Computerized Drafting, and am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Design & Configuration Management, with hopes of further pursing a Masters degree from MIT in the near future.

Global Product Acquisition. All my friends always ask me what that means, and what it is I do at Hasbro. When I was applying, I had a vague idea of what I was getting myself into. Looking at new products to acquire? Seems simple enough. Little did I know the exciting rollercoaster of events I would get into during my time here on the Global Product Acquisition Team.

During my first week on the team, I was getting myself acquainted with everyone, and everything I would be doing for the next few months. On around day 4 one of my managers came up to me and said “Hey, we’re having someone visit, do you want to tag along?”. I of course said sure, I’m always up for new experiences and meeting new people. After having an intense Nerf battle with the visitor and his friends, I realized just how great my internship would be.

A typical day with the Global Product Acquisition team consists of reviewing out-of-company inventor’s concepts, logging incoming prototypes, and talking to the leadership on various brand teams such as Nerf, Transformers, and the Games Team to see what they’re looking for in terms of innovation. One of my favorite parts to my Internship is being on the cusp on innovation in the toy and game world; and getting to see and play with new conceptual toys firsthand.

In the past, I’ve done internships working with defense contractors, but quickly realized it was too serious of an environment for me, and there was no excitement or joy to be seen. After working at Hasbro for the past seven months, I think this is where I want to be for my post-college career. Through this internship experience, I’ve been able to network and get involved in the Toy and Games industry and learn key details about how to make the worlds best play experiences. I’ve been able to attend industry events, such as the New York Toy Fair this past February, and have been able to meet some amazing people both outside, and inside the company.

To anyone considering applying to be a co-op in Hasbro, I heavily encourage you to apply, apply, apply. I applied to this position having a basic understanding of what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised at how much I was able to participate in special events, network internally and externally, and the sheer amount of information I was able to learn about the Toy and Games industry.

I’m looking forward to a bright future at Hasbro and can’t wait for my next adventure!

Brian Thornber- Co-Op for the Global Product Acquisition Team

Johnson & Wales University

Okay I’m back!

I had a blog post prepped to be posted today that was written back in February. Needless to say, almost everything has changed drastically since that time. In the age of COVID-19, the world I wrote about in February has all but flipped. Close contact can be fined, the outdoors are closely monitored, and play experiences…

I had a blog post prepped to be posted today that was written back in February. Needless to say, almost everything has changed drastically since that time. In the age of COVID-19, the world I wrote about in February has all but flipped. Close contact can be fined, the outdoors are closely monitored, and play experiences must be six feet away. My family members brace themselves for their hospital shifts with prayers. I can no longer walk across the stage come May, my living room will have to do. And the job market I have meticulously prepped four years for is fragile and frozen. It seems as if we are living in the confines of a Netflix special or simulated Sim experience. Despite the fear and uncertainty, there are silver linings everywhere especially from Hasbro.

Only essential workers are allowed to work outside, but some Hasbro employees are lucky enough to work remotely. Our new “Bring Home the Fun” campaign demonstrates that throughout all of this, escapes are essential. Our games and products have become household staples in an unprecedented way. Families, whether they like it or not, are closer now in proximity and laughter. And I am actually a part of it.

The last time I wrote about my intern experience, I was in a different department in a different season. I wrote to Brian Goldner, Hasbro’s CEO (who did I think I was?) about my amazing time interning within the HR department and I haven’t left since. Now, I’m with a new family and have even more to say.

I have changed as a writer and as a creator. I have always known that words were important, but the craft of storytelling has a new lore to it. The Brand Writers taught me that words come with rules and guidelines. They taught me that imagination is a gift that has to be used intentionally and with care. It’s surreal seeing something I wrote, like eComm for a Play-Doh product or a BotBot bio, published online. A silver lining.

During this quarantine, my career plans have all but taken a halt. But now I know in the future, I want to be part of a company that never stops trying to add value to a changing world. A company that seeks to enliven the atmosphere in which it exists. A company that puts on meaningful campaigns in a world that may feel a little hopeless. And I want to be part of a company that strives to improve their company culture in ways that addresses the identities and values of their employees.

My Brand Writing family is thoughtful and unique, and they cherish the insight of their interns. My voice has not lost significance due to my lack of experience or years in the industry. In fact, sometimes my voice is not only encouraged but it is sought out. I have to explain phrases that my friends use, some that I still don’t understand, and give insight on new trends popping up on the market.  It has been gratifying to know I can still make useful contributions, especially now.

I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m blessed it let me stop here along the way. To future interns:

  1. Network, network, network. And then do some more.

  2. Don’t be afraid to share your ideas, an idea can be the catalyst to something great.

  3. Bring the fun with you everywhere you go like a backpack.

Ariel Tavares- Brand Writing

Providence College

Round 2 at Hasbro

For most college students, January is a break away from school. For me, it is my opportunity to build my skillset for the future and grow as a person. That’s why I knew I wanted to come back to Hasbro. Hi, my name is Liv DeLuca and I’m currently a junior studying Industrial Design at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. I’m on my last few weeks of my second internship at…

For most college students, January is a break away from school. For me, it is my opportunity to build my skillset for the future and grow as a person. That’s why I knew I wanted to come back to Hasbro. Hi, my name is Liv DeLuca and I’m currently a junior studying Industrial Design at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. I’m on my last few weeks of my second internship at Hasbro as a Product Design Co-op for the Preschool Entertainment Brands team. My first experience at Hasbro was in the model shop as a model maker and after that, I knew I wanted to come back and experience more!

As a child, I remember starting every morning with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Sesame Street. Cookie Monster was undoubtedly my favorite character, because I too loved cookies as a child as much as he did...and still to this day! The child in front of that TV never would have imagined they would get the chance to work on the brand as an adult. During my time as a Product Design Co-op for Sesame Street and Peppa Pig, I was able to expand and grow my knowledge about the design process and the toy industry. I also never would have imagined watching so much Peppa Pig in my life. Ask me about any character and I’ll tell you all about them, even in a British accent! Every week was a new adventure. In just a few short months, I was able to develop skills in market research, ideation, concept sketching, building out models for costing, rendering concepts, deco sheets, and presenting. Wow, say then ten times fast!

This opportunity at Hasbro has been one in a million. Whether it was developing and improving my design skills or religiously purchasing Knead Doughnuts on Wednesday, the memories I have made and the skills I have gained will last a lifetime. I’ll always remember the first day coming back for my second co-op, it was like seeing an old friend—one that I hope to be reunited with for a third time. I’m leaving my co-op knowing that I’ve made myself and that little girl in front of the tv proud! Thank you Hasbro, again, for another amazing co-op experience!

Liv DeLuca- Product Designer, Preschool Entertainment Brands

Wentworth Institute Of Technology

Passion and Imagination

Hey! I’m Rachel, and I am a Cinci Sophmore studying Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati, DAAP. My co-op here with Hasbro as a product designer has been my very first step into the world of professional design. Needless to say, I have loved every minute of it! Walking into Hasbro …

Hey! I’m Rachel, and I am a Cinci Sophmore studying Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati, DAAP. My co-op here with Hasbro as a product designer has been my very first step into the world of professional design. Needless to say, I have loved every minute of it!

Walking into Hasbro on my very first day was such an exciting moment. I genuinely could not believe that I was going to be able to design things that bring so much happiness to so many people around the world. Writing this now, I am still amazed that I get to be a part of that. I knew that my experience here would be great, but I never imagined that I would experience so much joy and fulfillment in just a few short months at a co-op.

My daily life here consists of a lot of digital sketching, brainstorming, and big-picture thinking. My department has had the opportunity to work on brands that are new to Hasbro and brands that are currently being refreshed, which means that the ideation has been almost endless since I have been here.

That being said, one of the biggest challenges that I have faced so far has been teaching myself to sketch as quickly as my mind can think. As I am ideating for a concept that I have been given, I am thinking of a hundred different ideas for what that concept could look like, but my hand just doesn’t work that fast (– yet!).

I have grown so much since starting this journey with Hasbro. Not only have I learned how to portray my designs more clearly and beautifully, I have also learned how to contribute to a team and work alongside others to reach one ultimate goal. I have learned so much from my manager and the way that she leads, and I hope to someday mentor others in the way that she has mentored me.

If you are a future intern or co-op reading this, my only advice is to come excited for the work that you are about to do! Passion and imagination are the things that really make a project work, so come with both of them ready. Think outside of the box, dream big, and most importantly, have fun – because if you have fun, then the people who get to experience your work will have fun too. :)

Rachel Dudley – Product Designer, Strategic Brands

University of Cincinnati, DAAP

How Hasbro has encouraged my personal growth and exploration

Fun fact: I was late to call into my interview with Hasbro. Probably not the best first impression. I spent my interview trying to catch my breath and look like I knew what I was talking about. After it was done, I had just about convinced myself that it was over and I definitely wasn’t getting my first choice for co-op.…

Fun fact: I was late to call into my interview with Hasbro. Probably not the best first impression. I spent my interview trying to catch my breath and look like I knew what I was talking about. After it was done, I had just about convinced myself that it was over and I definitely wasn’t getting my first choice for co-op. Figuring I couldn’t make much worse of an impression, I decided to send my thank you email with a picture of myself in cosplay. If any company would appreciate the fun and creative side of cosplay, I figured it would be Hasbro. (And it probably didn’t hurt I was cosplaying a character from one of Hasbro’s brands.)

A couple of weeks pass, I’ve just finished an hour-long technical interview with a military drone company, and I’ve resigned myself to working on electron microscopes when I listen to a new voicemail. It starts with something along the lines of, “I’m calling from Hasbro with good news…” and I’m sure you can guess what happened after that. I was ecstatic to get the opportunity to work at Hasbro and I haven’t been disappointed!

As an electrical engineering co-op with the action brands team, I get to work on upcoming Marvel and Star Wars products, doing anything from sound editing to soldering to coding to brainstorming. Beyond my job, I’ve been able to attend script readings, participate in newly released Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, learn Magic: The Gathering, and get lots and lots of goodies from the free piles! Getting to see behind the scenes and partake in so many new experiences has been some of the most exciting parts of my co-op!

Hasbro has also encouraged my personal growth and exploration. I’m having so much fun working as an electrical engineer at Hasbro but after seeing all the different types of work people do here, I decided to do a dramatic 180 and change my major to design when I go back to school. HR and my manager have both been very supportive by connecting me with designers and giving me insight into the holistic production process. If I wasn’t co-oping at Hasbro, I can only imagine how different my career path would look.

So even though I spent my first month totally clueless, wake up super early to catch the 6:40am commuter rail every workday and now my life plans have been totally thrown off the rails, I still couldn’t be happier with my Hasbro co-op. Completely worth it!

Jam- Electrical Engineer, Action Brands

Northeastern University

This is my Hasbro Experience

Hi there! My name is Liv and I’m currently going into my junior year of Industrial Design at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. My co-op experience this summer in the model shop has been amazing! I’ve learned so much about industrial design and have improved on my model-making …

Hi there! My name is Liv and I’m currently going into my junior year of Industrial Design at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. My co-op experience this summer in the model shop has been amazing! I’ve learned so much about industrial design and have improved on my model-making skills. I’ll be returning to school in the fall with real life work experience, company knowledge, and new techniques I’ve learned from my co-workers.

I wanted to co-op at Hasbro because I had an interest in toy design. When I got hired, I was so excited – telling everyone I knew that I was going to be working at Hasbro! I was looking forward to learning as much as I could about model-making, toy design, and the company overall. My first week at Hasbro, I was so nervous but everyone in the model shop is so nice and helpful. I could ask anyone for help or a question, and no one hesitated to show me how to do something or answer my many questions.

A typical day for a #HasbroCoop in the model shop – all depends on the day or week! Throughout a typical week I would use SolidWorks, 3D print parts, use the metal lathe, vacuum form, spray paint, hand paint – it just depended on the project I was working on at the time. I would collaborate with model makers, designers, and engineers on projects as well.

One lesson I’ve learned from the model shop that I can bring along my design career is that there’s never just one way to do something. If I had to make a new mechanism for a toy, I would try and find inspiration from other toys and take them apart to see how they worked. I could also ask my co-workers and they would give me ideas and advice on how to make models as well, because they’ve been doing it for years. Everyone has different ideas, advice, ways to do things – so I wasn’t afraid to ask for help and learn.

My favorite memory this summer was just always laughing with my co-workers. It was nice to make connections with so many people and just being able to laugh and talk about anything. Overall, my co-op this summer was rewarding. I became more confident in model-making, making connections, and just with myself as a student. I made connections I never thought I would make.

To incoming interns looking to make the most of their internship, make those connections. Reach out and talk to people – you never know what might come from a conversation. I never thought I would be reaching out to other employees within the company, setting up times to meet to discuss my career path – that was so outside of my comfort zone. But within the last month of my co-op, I was doing that, and it helped my communication skills and confidence immensely.

Thank you, Hasbro, for an awesome summer and co-op experience! :)

Liv, Model Shop Co-op

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Pawtucket, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Virginia anymore!

Hello! My name is Jim and I’m currently pursuing my master’s in creative brand management at the VCU Brandcenter in Richmond, VA. With almost a decade of work experience under my belt, finding the right summer internship experience was really important to me. When I first heard of the MBA …

Hello! My name is Jim and I’m currently pursuing my master’s in creative brand management at the VCU Brandcenter in Richmond, VA. With almost a decade of work experience under my belt, finding the right summer internship experience was really important to me. When I first heard of the MBA internship opportunity with Hasbro, I was so excited with the thought of working on some of the iconic brands that shaped my childhood. But what impressed me most about Hasbro were the people. Everyone I met throughout the interview process was so friendly, helpful, and contagiously enthusiastic about working at Hasbro. During the first week of training I heard a quote that stuck with me – “people come for the toys and stay for the people” and I couldn’t sum it up better!

The best part about working at Hasbro as a summer MBA intern is the exposure to real work. I’m working in brand management and marketing this summer supporting the adult classics line under Hasbro’s gaming division. From day one I have felt like a part of the team. The summer has been void of “busy work” and I have had the opportunity to contribute and make an impact on real projects. Analyzing industry trends & insights, brainstorming new marketing tactics, helping with new product development, and global sales forecasting have all been areas I’ve had the opportunity to explore.

In addition to the day to day work, Hasbro has an amazing network of resources and groups to help with career and personal development. I have had the opportunity to meet and network with employees in a variety of job functions. Everyone I have met this summer at Hasbro has greeted me with open arms and have been so eager to help.

The long drive from Virginia to Pawtucket has definitely been worth it!

Jim, MBA Intern in Global Brand Marketing and Development: Hasbro Gaming

Virginia Commonwealth University

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

I have many great memories from the past six weeks of my internship here at Hasbro, but one of my favorites occurred on my very first day. It’s not so much a memory as it is a quote that perfectly describes the people, the environment, and the overall emotion of …

I have many great memories from the past six weeks of my internship here at Hasbro, but one of my favorites occurred on my very first day. It’s not so much a memory as it is a quote that perfectly describes the people, the environment, and the overall emotion of this company.

As I was sitting down to take my dreaded badge photo (I say dreaded because I am terribly unphotogenic), a thought occurred: “is this one of those photos where I have to be serious and can’t smile or show any sort of emotion on my face?” Stupidly, I decided to blurt out this question, verbatim, without even thinking of where I was or who I was talking to. Without a skip of a beat, the photographer responded, “you work at a toy company, I would hope that you would smile!” I didn’t know it in the moment, but this would be a quote/moment that would stay with me throughout my time at Hasbro. It’s a quote that, whenever I am sad or stressed at work, I repeat in my head and automatically feel better. It’s a quote that describes the sentiment of not the minority of workers here, but the entirety of the employee population. Every time I look down at my not-so-attractive badge picture, I see my beaming smile and remember just how happy I am to be in my dream role at my dream company.

So, to all the new interns who don’t know what they’re getting themselves into, just remember to smile

Emma, Global Consumer Insights MBA Co-op

Northeastern University

What NERF Engineering is Really Like

Hasbro is always trying something new and different to keep a leg up on the competition. If you have any connection to NERF, then you know there’s a ton of new and exciting things happening. I’ve been lucky to have acquired a role in all of this, which has been …

Hasbro is always trying something new and different to keep a leg up on the competition. If you have any connection to NERF, then you know there’s a ton of new and exciting things happening. I’ve been lucky to have acquired a role in all of this, which has been equally fun and challenging. For the first three months I’ve spent hours and hours testing new designs with different teams, trying to nail down the best design for our products. Much of my time is spent compiling lots of impact data along with distance, velocity, and accuracy testing for new NERF products, as well as reviewing new blasters in various stages of development.

Since I am the only co-op for all of NERF, my plate is always full of things to do and people to help. I get to see everything new that goes on, and pick what I am most interested in to lend a hand. This could be anywhere from compiling data, to making prototypes, to communicating with our Hasbro Far East office, and even beyond what you can imagine happens at NERF. My favorite part of my job here at Hasbro is being able to see all the new products in different stages of development and learn about how long the process is to release a new blaster. Overall, I am grateful to have such an important role coming to work every day, and I’m excited to see the products I’m working on be released!

Matt Streibich- NERF Engineering Co-op

Northeastern University

I Wanted to Be Different

I wanted to be extremely productive the summer before my senior year at the University of Southern California. In order to truly gain knowledge in my area of study, public relations, it was important to me that I worked at an organization that reached audiences of all different ages. Growing …

I wanted to be extremely productive the summer before my senior year at the University of Southern California. In order to truly gain knowledge in my area of study, public relations, it was important to me that I worked at an organization that reached audiences of all different ages.

Growing up and attending college in Los Angeles, CA, many of my peers studying public relations/communications went the typical LA-industry route; working strictly at a film or music company. For some, they quickly realized that environment was not for them. I wanted to be different, and work somewhere that promoted diversity utilizing multiple platforms and reaching many different demographics. For me, I appreciate how Hasbro can fall under numerous categories, whether that be consumer goods, entertainment or an experience- based company.

On the first day of my internship, I felt incredibly welcomed the minute I saw my name engraved on a sign that was placed in front of my department’s area. I knew my presence, voice and time meant a lot to those around me.

Since the beginning of my internship, I have worked on numerous brands including My Little Pony, Disney Princess, Power Rangers, Transformers, etc. I am thrilled to be able to contribute towards the team’s current and future publicity/marketing campaigns and that they appreciate my insights. On top of that, I enjoy how my manager makes a strong effort to arrange meetings for me to learn from other employees in a variety of departments. I discovered numerous jobs and divisions that I had no idea existed!

The opportunities are limitless at Hasbro!

Amanda, Brand Publicity Intern

University of Southern California

Learning from your mistakes

I have been at Hasbro for a little over 2 months now and have learned something new pretty much every day; analyzing problems from different perspectives, managing my meeting/workload balance and taking the initiative to complete a task without my manager’s help. But the one thing my manager and everyone …

I have been at Hasbro for a little over 2 months now and have learned something new pretty much every day; analyzing problems from different perspectives, managing my meeting/workload balance and taking the initiative to complete a task without my manager’s help. But the one thing my manager and everyone else in the Quality Assurance department helped me to understand is that it is perfectly fine to make mistakes and seek help when you need it. It’s more important to learn how to do something the correct way by reviewing it with others first. So far everyone I have asked help from has helped me and in the friendliest manner possible.

As a college student who has had a couple internships prior, including a previous QA position in a 3D printing startup, I thought I knew how to do the job I have now just by implementing my knowledge into the toy industry. I couldn’t have been more wrong. At Hasbro I learned how even the slightest detail can change the whole product and even the slightest issue with the regulations can impact the product as a whole. At Hasbro I am still making mistakes so I can learn from them and apply that knowledge into the bigger picture, so I won’t repeat them, which is what I call success at the end of the day.

Jeff Ahituv- Quality Assurance Co Op

Northeastern University

Lessons in leadership

Hi there, my name is Bethany! I am currently a Junior at Bryant University studying Global Supply Chain Management and Applied Analytics. Since this past January, I have been welcomed on board at Hasbro as a Co-Op in the Global Logistics department. Throughout my time here, I have been surrounded …

Hi there, my name is Bethany! I am currently a Junior at Bryant University studying Global Supply Chain Management and Applied Analytics. Since this past January, I have been welcomed on board at Hasbro as a Co-Op in the Global Logistics department. Throughout my time here, I have been surrounded by an incredible team that has shown their dedication to my learning and professional development.

Each day I learn a new lesson from the leaders I work with. One of the most valuable lessons I have learned since starting, is that leadership is not just a title, but also one’s mindset and attitude. Great leaders are listeners and teachers who act as a catalyst for team achievements. Leaders view the success of others and their own as one in the same. Regardless of one’s title, leadership opportunities are everywhere. Whether it is taking the initiative to get involved in a new project, or even just taking time out of your day to check-in with someone, you can grow a leadership mentality. Leaders serve their team by rooting for their co-workers, being an open-ear, and driving the vision of the organization.

I have been very fortunate to sit with leaders who have shared their experiences with me, given me opportunities for learning, and made it known that they want to see me succeed in my endeavors here at Hasbro. I cannot wait to see my own leadership develop, as I continue to interact and learn with the entirety of the Hasbro network.

Bethany- Global Logistics Co-op

Bryant University

“I’ve wanted to work at Hasbro since I was a little kid”

I’ve wanted to work at Hasbro since I was a little kid. I remember playing games like Battleship and Monopoly with my family and having Nerf wars with my little brother and friends. We all appreciated the quality of Hasbro’s products, as even after many hours of play the toys …

I’ve wanted to work at Hasbro since I was a little kid. I remember playing games like Battleship and Monopoly with my family and having Nerf wars with my little brother and friends. We all appreciated the quality of Hasbro’s products, as even after many hours of play the toys still work and look like new.

I have always enjoyed learning the inner workings and mechanics of everything in my life. Some of the first things I took apart to reverse engineer as a kid were Nerf Blasters and Star Wars ships, helping to spark my interest in engineering. Beginning by disassembling toys and progressing to repairing cars, I found my passion for mechanical things and made my choice to become a Mechanical Engineer.

In high school, I gained an appreciation for 3D modelling, working with programs like Inventor and SolidWorks. From there, I began to get into 3D printing, first with FDM printers that heat plastic filament, then onto SLA printers shooting lasers into resin. I greatly enjoy working with the many high-level additive manufacturing printers here at Hasbro and look forward to learning more about the Rapid Prototyping process!

Mikey- Rapid Prototyping Tech Intern

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Applying science to business at Hasbro

For me, science has always fit perfectly with my interests, so when applying to college, Penn State’s Science BS/MBA program gave me everything that I had ever wanted. Surrounding myself with others who were also driven by science, it was apparent that learning about science was much more than the …

For me, science has always fit perfectly with my interests, so when applying to college, Penn State’s Science BS/MBA program gave me everything that I had ever wanted. Surrounding myself with others who were also driven by science, it was apparent that learning about science was much more than the material and facts provided. Science teaches students to see patterns. Science teaches students to question surface level statements to understand the methods and processes behind everything. Science teaches students how to break things down, so that we can rebuild them systemically better. Science is a mindset.

With that being said, I believe that science can be applied to any environment to add a different, creative perspective, and the Science BS/MBA program has set me up to discover ways to apply science to business environments. While accepting my offer to Hasbro’s Global Planning Co-Op, I understood that this was my first opportunity to prove my background could add value to my part in Hasbro’s success in the business world.

During my first day at Hasbro, while introducing myself to the team and explaining my academic path, it was apparent that the team thought it was unique that I could find my way into supply chain while spending my past years learning about chemistry and working in scientific labs. The Senior Vice President of Global Planning and Logistics listened to my introduction to the team, and before getting to explain my major, he stopped me and explained that he, as well, had a background in science, as he went to grad school for biomedical engineering. He explained that he saw business, like a lot of things, as an applied science, and I could not have agreed more. As he has taken on his new role, he has emphasized the use of data and systems into the department, which is a new concept for the team, but everyone has emphasized how beneficial these analytical implementations have been to reaching goals. Ramesh has exemplified my theory of a wholistic use of science, and I will continue to use my studies to be creative with the opportunities and tasks during my time at Hasbro.

Emilee- Global Supply Chain Co-op

Pennsylvania State University

An important lesson from my manager

On top of many of the ins and outs of the brand writing and games processes at Hasbro, my manager has taught me that that it’s okay to take initiative. In fact, I am often encouraged to seek out opportunities and assignments to take on, even if they stray from …

On top of many of the ins and outs of the brand writing and games processes at Hasbro, my manager has taught me that that it’s okay to take initiative. In fact, I am often encouraged to seek out opportunities and assignments to take on, even if they stray from what is expected of my position. I hope to take advantage of this support during my time here and find new and engaging ways to learn and grow.

Priya- Brand Writer Intern, Games Team

Northeastern University

“As a Hasbro intern, no two days are quite the same”

As an undergraduate intern with the Global Consumer Insights team, every day is truly unique. During my 8 months interning here, I have been exposed to a wide variety of experiences working with many of Hasbro’s famous brands including NERF, Play-Doh, Transformers, and more! On some days, I spend hours …

As an undergraduate intern with the Global Consumer Insights team, every day is truly unique. During my 8 months interning here, I have been exposed to a wide variety of experiences working with many of Hasbro’s famous brands including NERF, Play-Doh, Transformers, and more! On some days, I spend hours exploring data to find the most important insights for our brand teams. Other times, I collaborate with team members to brainstorm creative recommendations based on our insights. Some of our projects are focused on U.S. consumers, while others are concerned with consumers and cultures around the globe. Some projects are focused on long-term outcomes and take months to complete. Other times, our team completes a research project in a matter of days. Sometimes we are curious about what parents think, but other times we are interested in understanding a young child’s perspective. Each project offers a unique experience, full of opportunities to learn something new.

For me, waking up each day without knowing what the day will hold is the most exciting part of my internship at Hasbro. While it is sometimes unnerving jumping into a new situation, the opportunity to learn something new is extremely valuable to me as a student. Furthermore, the support of my team gives me the confidence to dive into the unfamiliar, knowing that I can rely on their guidance and mentorship along the way.

As a Hasbro Intern, no two days are quite the same, and I am extremely grateful for that.

Connor- Global Consumer Insights Intern

Providence College

My typical day at Hasbro

As everyone might assume, working at a company like Hasbro has its benefits and perks in terms of company environment and employee personalities. With a person like me, someone who loves to joke around and laugh a lot, but also determined to contribute my best to a team, I found …

As everyone might assume, working at a company like Hasbro has its benefits and perks in terms of company environment and employee personalities. With a person like me, someone who loves to joke around and laugh a lot, but also determined to contribute my best to a team, I found my home very quickly within the iPlay Department.

I moved to Pawtucket, RI to make my commute life a little easier every morning, needing only to take a 10-minute ride on my electric skateboard. I arrive at the Hasbro headquarters in Pawtucket and get a few curious stares as I carry my electric longboard to my desk. After the cold morning commute, my mug welcomes me at my desk as I go pick it up to get some drip coffee or English tea to warm myself. I settle in, drink a few sips, check my Outlook inbox for any new project updates, see what meetings I have scheduled for the day, and then view my checklist of items that I need done for each project I am concurrently working on. Usually I would either be engaged in producing CAD models for a new project, performing tests for another, or any new prompts or requests my manager would inform me of. I work continuously until around noon when everyone usually takes a lunch break. I chow down with my co-workers and have a great time listening to, usually non-relatable, stories of their mischievous kids or whatever topic seems to pop up. After lunch, we all head back to our desks, re-energized to work for the rest of the day. Occasionally I would need to enter the model shop or machine shop to pick up some 3D printed parts or continue work on the assembly of a project. Here and there I would ask questions to various people in my department about certain topics that I am curious about to get a breadth of knowledge about what everyone does or specializes in, and sometimes these questions turn into engaging lessons about snippets within the entire product development process. And often, engaging and intriguing project meetings, important to the advancement of a product, take up a couple hours of my day. All in all, by 5pm, everyone starts to get ready to head home, tired after a productive day. I layer up depending on how cold the night is and ride back home, excited to start the next day.

Oscar, iPlay Department

Northeastern University

Born to be an Engineer

Ever since a young age I have always wanted to be creative and express myself in ways where my inspiration was on full display. I considered the field of Engineering early on in life and believed it to be my dream job based on the idea that I’d be able …

Ever since a young age I have always wanted to be creative and express myself in ways where my inspiration was on full display. I considered the field of Engineering early on in life and believed it to be my dream job based on the idea that I’d be able to make things with my own hands. My mother was quick to support the notion after watching me reverse engineer several different toys that I used to play with as a child. I always knew that I would want to challenge myself with a career that made me think in an unconventional way but intriguing enough to keep me interested every day. But never would I have guessed that years later I would have the opportunity to work with such a prestigious toy company as Hasbro, in a role as a packaging engineering intern, with no day being quite like the one before.

The decision to work at Hasbro was an easy one for me just based off the fact that they have many of the brands that helped shape my childhood such as Transformers, Monopoly, and the newly acquired Power Rangers. It’s safe for me to say that I had a certain perception of fun and creativity that immediately drew me in the front doors of Hasbro and separated them from any other work environment I could choose to be apart of. I’m also glad to be able to say that even during my first few weeks, my experiences at Hasbro have not fallen short of my expectations. I’ve really been able to test the limits of my imagination while being surrounded by positive minded individuals who have been supportive of my growth along the way. I am very grateful to be a part of the family friendly culture here at Hasbro and can only say that I am excited for what is to come!

Ephraim, Packaging Engineer

Rochester Institute of Technology

A peek behind the scenes

Coming from a school where coops are a requirement, everyone seems to look at their work experience simply as a job to get them a step closer to graduating. For me though, working at Hasbro is a dream job that I hoped I would get the chance to work at …

Coming from a school where coops are a requirement, everyone seems to look at their work experience simply as a job to get them a step closer to graduating. For me though, working at Hasbro is a dream job that I hoped I would get the chance to work at eventually, not expecting it to be my first coop. Since this is my first job involving my major, I am basing my first impressions of a career in this field around my experience at Hasbro.

I am so glad that my first coop is at Hasbro since now I have a better understanding of the company itself along with a great basis to work off of as I progress through college and so on. Working at Hasbro has opened my mind to so many other possibilities and taught me to think critically and creatively about my surroundings. Seeing how the company manages to make their work environment fun yet productive amazes me because I always assumed that working a full-time job meant sitting at a desk and working on a monotonous task that I would quickly tire of. With so many different brands and projects, being bored at Hasbro is not an option. Through the couple of weeks that I have been here, I have focused on thinking creatively more than ever before. Here, you are challenged to think outside of the box and bring new ideas to the table which no one else has.

Seeing the process of getting a product out is amazing since there is so much more to take into account than I would have ever expected. Being in a company and learning about the necessary steps to put a product on the shelves is something that I wouldn’t have had a chance to learn in a classroom. Knowing this, I can think about the consumer and tailor future projects to fit the audience’s interests. Experiencing the toy industry from behind the scenes has showed me that the company is just as fun as my younger self had hoped.

Nicole- Product Design Co-op

University of Cincinnati

The challenges are worth the experience

Since I’ve started working at Hasbro, I’ve learned a whole lot, met some cool people, and have enjoyed my time here immensely. There haven’t been too many challenges so far but if I had to pin point one specific one that I’ve found most challenging, it would be the commute. …

Since I’ve started working at Hasbro, I’ve learned a whole lot, met some cool people, and have enjoyed my time here immensely. There haven’t been too many challenges so far but if I had to pin point one specific one that I’ve found most challenging, it would be the commute. I live in Saugus Massachusetts which is an hour and a half drive from Hasbro, or 55 miles if you want to get technical. I get through it with music, podcasts, and the knowledge that I’m driving to work at Hasbro every day!

Some of you might be thinking “If you live so far away, why did you pick Hasbro for your internship?”. The answer to that question is simple, Its entirely worth it. Hasbro Has been at the top of my list of companies to work at ever since I started college. I’m passionate about model making so I instantly got drawn in after finding out about Hasbro’s amazing model making shop. Toys are another thing that I’m very interested in. How they are thought up, designed, prototyped, and tested. Mainly because I like learning what makes a good product successful and why, but also because I’m still a kid at heart that loves to play with toys.

Jonathan- Model Maker Co-op, Model Studio

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Why I chose to intern at Hasbro

Hasbro offered me a great opportunity for a Model Making Co-Op! Here I am putting all the skills and knowledge that I have learned from attending Wentworth Institute of Technology and applying them directly to my work. When working in the Model Shop, I am improving both my skill set …

Hasbro offered me a great opportunity for a Model Making Co-Op! Here I am putting all the skills and knowledge that I have learned from attending Wentworth Institute of Technology and applying them directly to my work. When working in the Model Shop, I am improving both my skill set and helping a designer’s and/or engineer’s ideas come to life. Hasbro’s internship/Co-op program definitely gives students the taste of the real world!

From conversing with former Co-op students, I knew that Hasbro would be a very friendly and inviting company to work for. Knowing that fellow employees are always willing to help you along in your learning experience is a big benefit!

Playing with Hasbro’s toys with my sister and parents created many wonderful memories during my childhood years that I will always cherish! I want to be able to help give today’s children those same experiences that I had. By working at Hasbro, I am able to assist in the design process of making a toy/game that will one day bring joy to a child and their family. That is very rewarding to me!

Angela- Model Studio Co-op

Wentworth Institute of Technology

#Mydreamjob

My first few weeks at Hasbro have been a blast so far! I can already feel myself becoming a part of the Hasbro family. Since I have a desk at both the Pawtucket and Providence offices, it means I get to see a lot of Rhode Island and meet a …

My first few weeks at Hasbro have been a blast so far! I can already feel myself becoming a part of the Hasbro family. Since I have a desk at both the Pawtucket and Providence offices, it means I get to see a lot of Rhode Island and meet a lot of new people. Hasbro makes some of the most iconic toys in history. Kids everywhere, including kids at heart like myself, love Littlest Pet Shop, Play-Doh, My Little Pony, and so many of Hasbro’s other brands. It is so important that Hasbro keeps making new toys and play experiences for each new generation of kids and I am glad to be a part of that.

I am currently a 3rd year student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I started my studies as an Industrial Designer, but after the first year, I changed my major to Packaging Science. For as long as I can remember, I have always dreamed of being a toy designer. Even though my job here is to design the packages for the toys, it is pretty close to my childhood fantasy. Hasbro’s iconic brands and characters make working here easy to get passionate about, and I can tell that everyone I have talked to shares the same sentiment. I am surprised about how friendly and helpful people are here, always willing to answer any questions I might have. I think one of my challenges of working here will be leaving at the end!

Madison- Packaging Engineering Department

Rochester Institute of Technology

Lessons I’ve learned being an intern at Hasbro Brazil

I chose Hasbro for my intern program because it’s a really nice company with a big space on the Market and who wouldn’t like to work with a happy product such as toys? During a normal day at Hasbro Brazil, I’ve learned a lot to help with my professional life. …

I chose Hasbro for my intern program because it’s a really nice company with a big space on the Market and who wouldn’t like to work with a happy product such as toys? During a normal day at Hasbro Brazil, I’ve learned a lot to help with my professional life. Here, an intern can apply everything that we learn at the university. Besides that, we can also have fun during our days at work, trying new products, developing new videos and marketing strategies.

I’ve been working at Hasbro since June and I already have great lessons to take with me for my whole life. A thing that I learned with my team is never get sad or discouraged if something turned out wrong. We must be always a positive person because we are learning something every day and we will have another chance to try again and make it better.

My favorite memory here comes with a big lesson too. At a big event to celebrate 35 years of My Little Pony I could see and feel how magic is the power of friendship not only in our personal lives, but also on our day by day at work! With this I can certainly say that if you are a positive person who never gives up from a challenge, then you will have an amazing experience being a Hasbro Intern all over the world.

Marcella- Marketing Intern, Hasbro Brazil

Mackenzie Presbyterian University

Why Hasbro is a great fit for me

Being a chemical engineering major, I never thought I would have an opportunity to intern at Hasbro. But now, I am thrilled to say I get to contribute to what made my childhood so special. Hasbro is an excellent company to work at for anyone who is still a kid …

Being a chemical engineering major, I never thought I would have an opportunity to intern at Hasbro. But now, I am thrilled to say I get to contribute to what made my childhood so special. Hasbro is an excellent company to work at for anyone who is still a kid at heart and it is the perfect fit for me.

Growing up, I loved playing with toys and games. I was always pestering my parents for the newest ones, resulting in a massive collection back home. Even back then, I would often sit there and try to figure out all the intricate little details they had and what exactly made them so fun. This love of mine eventually inspired me to be who I am today. Now, in my free time, I make my own games for fun. My goal is to share with others the happiness of playing my games like the happiness the games I’ve played has given me. Hasbro is the perfect place to hone on the craft of making fun and interactive experiences for everyone. I am extremely excited to start my second co-op here and to be immersed in this environment, so I can learn as much as I can.

Creativity is one of Hasbro’s core values and that is so admirable in my eyes and I cannot wait to see it action. Everyone I have met here so far has really embodied that belief and puts everything they have into their work. This is also on top of the standard work experience which I am also excited to obtain. Learning how to conduct QA tests and chemical formulation is an extremely valuable skill for all industries. Chemistry is my second greatest passion so being in the chemistry lab working on PlayDoh and other toys is a dream come true. The combination of science and creativity here at Hasbro really encapsulates my values and that is why I feel Hasbro is a good fit for me.

Andrew, QA Chemistry Lab Co-op

Northeastern University

“At Hasbro, I found the comfort I was seeking to be myself”

Being a senior in mechanical engineering, I’ve come to find myself often reflecting on how my personality type would fit into the dynamic of the typical engineering firm. And honestly, for a while this reflection made me worried that I have chosen the wrong major. I consider myself to have …

Being a senior in mechanical engineering, I’ve come to find myself often reflecting on how my personality type would fit into the dynamic of the typical engineering firm. And honestly, for a while this reflection made me worried that I have chosen the wrong major. I consider myself to have a lighthearted and silly personality type and after spending my last summer interning at an aviation corporation, I concluded that I cannot spend most of my days in an environment that values professionalism to such an extent that I had to restrict myself from being who I am. At first, I thought maybe it’s just first week’s nerves and after a couple weeks I will loosen up and feel more comfortable to be myself, except I continued to feel just as rigid as the day I started because that was the dynamic of the company. This left me entering my senior year desperately seeking another internship experience with a company I felt had similar values as mine and knowing who I am, I felt Hasbro was the perfect place to intern.

At Hasbro, I found the comfort I was seeking to be myself instantly. Some mornings when I walk into my department, the first thing I hear to start my day is laughter from co-workers and it’s such a relief knowing I’m in an environment with people who have a similar personality type as me and share the same values as I do. Even the random silly remarks that are declared loud enough to overhear from my desk brighten up my day. I believe that the dynamic between coworkers should be comfortable and fun in order to get creativity flowing and get the best ideas out there. From what I’ve experienced so far, Hasbro does this perfectly. With all that said, I am looking forward to making fun memories with my team in the next six months. :)

Cynthia, Project Engineer Co-op, Transformers Brand

Carnegie Mellon University

Hello Hasbro!

My first day of orientation and I still couldn’t believe that I was starting my job at Hasbro, when about three weeks before, I was prepared to go back to school for the second semester of my sophomore year. My nerves were through the roof. I didn’t know what to expect, and …

My first day of orientation and I still couldn’t believe that I was starting my job at Hasbro, when about three weeks before, I was prepared to go back to school for the second semester of my sophomore year. My nerves were through the roof. I didn’t know what to expect, and thus was a little afraid of the journey I was about to embark upon. As I stepped in the building, I met many other co-ops, learned their home institutions, and even a little more about some of them. I could not wait for day two, which was more orientation and continuing to learn about the Hasbro brands and company culture. I was able to connect with my manager to speak more about my position and prepare myself for what’s to come. By day three I met more people in my department. After my first week at Hasbro, I feel like I know everything and nothing at the same time. Overall, I am really enjoying the work that I’m doing and everyone who works here is extremely kind and helpful. Coming off a tough semester at RPI, this is a refreshing break from the daily grind of studying something that may seem like it has no intended purpose. Even though this is far from my field of study, I’m learning so much about relationships, professionalism, corporate work, and entertainment. I am truly excited for the next six months and I cannot wait to see how I can impact the brands I am working on.

Hello Hasbro!

Tomas Provencher, Project Engineer Co-op, Games Development

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

And I’m back!

My name is Eli and a couple weeks ago, I started my second co-op at Hasbro. I wanted to do a second co-op at Hasbro mainly due to my love of toys, and I’m very glad I had the opportunity to return. I was also impressed with the breadth of …

My name is Eli and a couple weeks ago, I started my second co-op at Hasbro. I wanted to do a second co-op at Hasbro mainly due to my love of toys, and I’m very glad I had the opportunity to return. I was also impressed with the breadth of work experiences that I had exposure to during my first time here, and I knew that a second semester at Hasbro would serve me well for my final co-op session.

My first team was Kids Gaming, and my current team is Imbedded Innovation. I enjoyed Kids Gaming due to the overall product development culture/process in the gaming department. My favorite thing about it was the heavy focus on early model making, but I also did lots of sketching and attended 1 or 2 brainstorms per day. Overall, this team was great practice for what real design jobs are like as opposed to other companies I have worked for where my work was different from that of the full-time designers.

I’ve been on the Imbedded Innovation team for two weeks, and I can already tell it’s going to be a great semester. This team’s development process includes everything I liked about gaming, but this team works more like a consultancy. This means everyone on the team has a high degree of creative freedom, and I get to work on projects for multiple brands and come up with unique solutions for them, as well as work on my own ideas that could eventually be pitched to the relevant teams. Also, everyone I have worked with on both teams has been very friendly and shown to care about my progress as a designer, not to mention they all share my love of toys!

Eli, University of Cincinnati

Design Co-op- Imbedded Innovation

Hasbro: My first office job

During my first few days here at Hasbro, I have consistently been awed by the talented people that I get to work with and by the inviting culture and fun people on my team in the iPlay department. Being my first experience in an office environment, the beginning was daunting, …

During my first few days here at Hasbro, I have consistently been awed by the talented people that I get to work with and by the inviting culture and fun people on my team in the iPlay department. Being my first experience in an office environment, the beginning was daunting, but with the help of my co-op manager and others on my team, I am much more at ease and excited when I get to come to work. When first introduced to my new coworkers, I was immediately greeted with friendliness and helpfulness, with none too few jokes being cracked. The environment here at Hasbro is a refreshing break from college work, culture, and schedules. During my time here at Hasbro and iPlay, I am looking forward to developing my personal skills as a designer and expanding my knowledge about both the company itself and the toy industry as a whole. I look forward to all the exciting new projects I get to work on and the opportunity to challenge myself throughout this process. I cannot wait to see what surprises and growth await me in the future.

Jeremiah, University of Cincinnati, DAAP

Product Design Co-op- iPlay

Hasbro: Somewhere you enjoy working

In this few weeks, Hasbro gave me a wonderful and practical internship experience. Since the first week in Hasbro, the working environment in the office impressed me with its harmonious atmosphere and interactions between colleagues. It was also good to see the passion of staff in Hasbro in their work. …

In this few weeks, Hasbro gave me a wonderful and practical internship experience.

Since the first week in Hasbro, the working environment in the office impressed me with its harmonious atmosphere and interactions between colleagues. It was also good to see the passion of staff in Hasbro in their work. In addition, Hasbro showed their value on work-life balance by organizing workshops and activities besides work, which I feel encourages staff to enjoy life and work in Hasbro. I believe this is the reason Hasbro can provide such innovative and high-quality playing experience to customers as the company respect and value the people working in it.

To me, the best part working in Hasbro as a design intern is that I know I am truly participating in the design projects that might become an actual product in the future. This also let me feel the trust from my mentors and colleagues. I learned much about design thinking, how to be creative, openminded and generate innovative concepts. This could doubtlessly be beneficial to my design career.

During the internship, Hasbro arranged activities related to the toy industry, such as factory visits, meet & learn sessions, charity events and more. These helped me to have a better understanding of my work, gain useful reference for my career planning, and to know the responsibility of being a toy designer. Knowing more about toy making through Hasbro also increased my interest in joining the industry in the future.

I really appreciate the guidance and support from my mentor and colleagues, and this precious internship from Hasbro, I hope one day I will have the opportunity to make more contribution in Hasbro.

Jordan, Hong Kong Design Institute

Design Intern- Hasbro Hong Kong

Grow up to be a kid- Internship at Hasbro

Before entering Hasbro, I have never thought being an intern here would be such a fun yet meaningful experience. Hasbro provided me a very refreshing and warm atmosphere to sharpen my professional technical skills. The energetic and friendly atmosphere encourages me to actively engage in more and learn from the …

Before entering Hasbro, I have never thought being an intern here would be such a fun yet meaningful experience. Hasbro provided me a very refreshing and warm atmosphere to sharpen my professional technical skills. The energetic and friendly atmosphere encourages me to actively engage in more and learn from the assigned tasks.

I must give a special thanks to the Action Brands Team who support me in every aspect. From technical, I have my mentor and director providing me with professional engineering skills and mindsets while my senior director connects me with different persons from various backgrounds.

Throughout my internship, every colleague or even vendor as well try their very best on supporting the interns’ activities. The delightful and adventurous working environment is definitely one of the key factors leading Hasbro to be one of the top toy companies and this with no doubt has to do with the people who are part of this Hasbro family.

To conclude this internship, the most valuable mindset I have gained from Hasbro is that the toy industry is fast paced and ever changing. Hasbro also continues to change and reshape the way they create and operate. Through this, we reminded ourselves to be lifelong learners. Only by continuously adapting and changing could we lead ourselves to a more prosperous future.

Again, thank you Hasbro, this is truly a meaning and fruitful experience you provided me just as you provide to this world!

Kerwin, Hong Kong University

Engineering Intern- Hasbro Hong Kong

Internship Recap

During my time as the design intern at Hasbro, I played a role in the development of several projects. It has given me a hands-on working experience in the toy industry. Apart from the projects, every people I met were very warm and kind. I feel like anyone in office …

During my time as the design intern at Hasbro, I played a role in the development of several projects. It has given me a hands-on working experience in the toy industry. Apart from the projects, every people I met were very warm and kind. I feel like anyone in office is always willing to drop what they’re doing and help if you have a question. My mentor is great, he not only taught me how to deal with the daily job but also the design thinking, career guidance and encourage me to join different activities. Overall, the Internship program was great, the experience that I gained will benefit me for years to go.

Winnie, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Design Intern- Hasbro Hong Kong

Hasbro internship = real work experience

My internship at Hasbro was a precious opportunity in which we were guided to discover our career aspirations. It was more than just an internship, but a real work experience. It is like condensing one year’s work into one summer such that we could participate in different activities, such as …

My internship at Hasbro was a precious opportunity in which we were guided to discover our career aspirations. It was more than just an internship, but a real work experience. It is like condensing one year’s work into one summer such that we could participate in different activities, such as workshops and charity events. My favorite memory was to work with other interns and go through challenges to achieve our common goal/ task. Thanks Hasbro for inspiring and bringing happiness to me.

Tricia, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Quality Assurance Intern- Hasbro Hong Kong

Hasbro is the opposite of intimidating…it’s inviting

Remember play time as a kid when you’d run around in a world full of adventure? You were full of creativity and bad ideas weren’t labeled, they were used as building blocks for your next idea. At Hasbro we encourage each other to present ideas, no matter how wild they …

Remember play time as a kid when you’d run around in a world full of adventure? You were full of creativity and bad ideas weren’t labeled, they were used as building blocks for your next idea. At Hasbro we encourage each other to present ideas, no matter how wild they may be. From white board walls to coloring mats on tables, you could say it’s a truly collaborative space.

At Hasbro we work together to develop new trends and as an intern I was able to join a concept debut. I worked with a group of interns to present a new product idea to rejuvenate one of Hasbro’s brands. Through this experience I learned a lot about the process of taking a concept all the way to the store shelf. As the project developed co-workers from a variety of disciplines helped us to refine our ideas to make the project a success.

As I began my preparation to depart Hasbro I began thinking, what’s next for me? Using Hasbro’s generous open-door policy, I reached out to a Sr. Director of Engineering, whom I had not yet met, to ask for advice. A fifteen-minute coffee break turned into an hour and a half conversation. This individual helped me immensely in revaluating my roadmap to reach my long-term goals.

So, if you’re considering Hasbro in the future, I’d recommend that you join the inviting community, share your ideas, and be a kid again.

Bradley, UMass, Lowell

RP Tech Intern

Hasbro Intern: Preparing for the future

Being an intern at Hasbro, I was given so many opportunities to create and to contribute. We were encouraged to provide opinions with our green mind. Hasbro’s mission is clear that we adapt to the new changes and it is rooted in all the staff. They are enthusiastic to help us ...

Being an intern at Hasbro, I was given so many opportunities to create and to contribute. We were encouraged to provide opinions with our green mind. Hasbro’s mission is clear that we adapt to the new changes and it is rooted in all the staff. They are enthusiastic to help us and accept our innovative ideas with open-minds.

During the fruitful internship, I have gained so much which definitely cannot find from university or any other company. Not to mention the technical skills of work, career attitude is more crucial for us. We are young and non-experienced, but we should not underestimate our abilities and should start to explore more. My internship experiences at Hasbro have prepared me to be ready and look forward to the future.

Kristy, University of Hong Kong

Engineering Intern, Hasbro Hong Kong

My #Hasbrointernship

Being an Intern at Hasbro has been one of the greatest experience I have ever had in my entire life. I have learned so much – not only the technical skills, but also being able to develop my interpersonal skills. Everyone here is very friendly and welcoming! They always encourage …

Being an Intern at Hasbro has been one of the greatest experience I have ever had in my entire life. I have learned so much – not only the technical skills, but also being able to develop my interpersonal skills. Everyone here is very friendly and welcoming! They always encourage me to be active to ask questions and support me to join the different activities outside of my own job scope. Moreover, I am assigned a very amazing mentor who is always willing to help and teach me patiently. She has shown me trust and given me real work, which makes me feel so much appreciated even though I am just an Intern for only two months. One of my favorite moment at Hasbro is joining the Internship Innovation Workshop where all the Interns from different departments gather together to brainstorm ideas. I have learned to respect everyone’s ideas and to not reject any ideas. I have also learned the importance of being an eagle who would fly and see the overall bigger picture across departments, rather than being a duck, who is so focused in its own little pond. Overall, it is a very happy Internship experience, and I am very happy and honored to being part of the Hasbro family. Thank you, Hasbro!

Josephine, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Costing Intern, Hasbro Hong Kong

“IT’s about the people”

My name is John, and I am a Virtual Reality Developer Intern working with the DevOps/LiveOps team here at Hasbro. When I accepted the position, I had an idea of what I could expect. I anticipated efficiency, both in code and in our day to day practices. I believed that …

My name is John, and I am a Virtual Reality Developer Intern working with the DevOps/LiveOps team here at Hasbro.

When I accepted the position, I had an idea of what I could expect. I anticipated efficiency, both in code and in our day to day practices. I believed that the main goal of this team was to resolve issues across the organization and fix problematic internal operations. Shut down websites and application services all over the world with the click of a few buttons.

Firstly, we do all those things. Secondly, we do none of those things. We are stronger for it.

The DevOps/LiveOps team at Hasbro has engineers deeply rooted in all the traditional DevOps roles, like Infrastructure and Operations people who update website redirects just about daily.

But we also have Game Developers, and Build Managers for mobile applications, and (I suppose) a Virtual Reality Developer as well!

Admittedly, this stems from the work a lot of DevOps teams usually find themselves doing. In my experience, it has opened my eyes to just how many talents exist here at Hasbro. Developers communicate with each other to figure out solutions that wouldn’t be possible with a less dynamic DevOps team. Even on a team so deeply rooted in pipeline infrastructure and keeping costs down, the most important part of the job is visiting people around the organization and asking how you can help. This intent on providing solutions for people, not just for pipelines, means that engineers on the team can take a lot of ownership over their product. Their work is visible and is used every day.

For me this meant that I was able to interact with individuals across the organization, showing off new technologies and possibilities to anyone we could get in the door. I could bring excitement and innovation to a company larger than just IT over the course of three months.

So, I needed to refine my idea of a DevOps/LiveOps team: it isn’t all about Kubernetes, AWS, Jenkins, MongoDB, build machines, and GitLab downtime—it’s about people, too. Hopping between groups to provide solutions that make us more communicative. Creative. Collaborative.

That mobility is emboldening.

John, Rochester Institute of Technology

IT Technical Services Intern

Helpful tips on how to make the most out of your internship

Internships are really what you make of them. They can be as exciting or as boring as you make it – like most other things in life, it’s all about your mindset! If you come into your internship everyday thinking “I GET to come work in this awesome internship role” …

Internships are really what you make of them. They can be as exciting or as boring as you make it – like most other things in life, it’s all about your mindset! If you come into your internship everyday thinking “I GET to come work in this awesome internship role” versus “I HAVE to come” then you automatically come with a certain level of drive and ambition to make things happen for yourself that day!

In the business world, networking is really the ultimate way to navigate yourself through different opportunities. Wherever you go, meeting and getting to know people is key to acclimating yourself to a new environment and workspace. So, I made the effort to meet with as many Hasbro employees as I could from all different cross-functional aspects. I wanted to know how all the puzzle pieces fit together to create this thrilling yet riveting process of toy-creation. The culture at Hasbro is warm and welcoming – so every employee I reached out to was very willing to meet with me and chat, whether it be about their job role, career, or just life in general. I have not only learned about utilizing excel sheets to forecast financials or creating project manager schedules, but also about the best donut places in Rhode Island and different running marathons all over the world. Creating these connections with people not only can help on the career-front, but also to create life-long friends.

A lot of this connecting would not have happened had I not taken the initiative to reach out to people and get out of my comfort zone. As interns we may think that employees are very busy, and we don’t want to disturb them with our questions, but much assured they are always happy to meet and will make the time for you!

Another key aspect that has helped me is to challenge myself as much as possible. Often as interns we may think that we’re not getting enough work to do. I believe there is always work that can be done – you just need to dig a little deeper. Apart from projects I was given by my manager, I would take them a step further and self-start some side projects that further facilitated my immediate projects. Every time, she was happy to see how far I extended my work instead of doing only what was expected of me. From this, I was able to set up my own conference with the LA team to present competitive findings, which was a self-starting initiative that wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t taken that extra stride.

I guess my point is, sometimes half the game is the mindset you put yourself in, every day! I strive to be a life-long learner, inside the office and out. This can be applicable to anything – but the moment you have that level of ambition to grow and utilize that school of thought in whatever you do that’s the moment you’ll gain skills that are transferable in every aspect of life!

Audreela, University of Pittsburgh

Marketing Intern- Global Brand Development

From Community Action Hero to #HasbroIntern

In an age where companies are starting to engage in corporate social responsibility, Hasbro has been spreading joy and improving children’s lives since the beginning. Most Hasbro employees who have spoken with me have told me that, while they love the work they do and the teams to which they …

In an age where companies are starting to engage in corporate social responsibility, Hasbro has been spreading joy and improving children’s lives since the beginning. Most Hasbro employees who have spoken with me have told me that, while they love the work they do and the teams to which they belong, their favorite part about working at Hasbro are the many volunteer opportunities and Hasbro’s commitment to making a positive mark on the world.

In 2011, I was honored with the Hasbro Community Action Hero Award for founding the Gotta Have Sole foundation at 12 years old to donate brand new sneakers to homeless children throughout the United States. When I received the award, Gotta Have Sole had donated new sneakers to 1,800 homeless children in 4 states. Now, at the age of 20, I have taken Gotta Have Sole into all 50 states and we have donated new sneakers to over 92,000 children. This year, I launched a college ambassador program, in which college students deliver an empowerment curriculum program to homeless children, which our team designed to help kids succeed in school. We give children the shoes they need to get to school and the skills needed to succeed in school.

Having been the recipient of support from Hasbro, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to intern with the Global Philanthropy & Social Impact team. This internship has helped me understand that it is possible to continue making a positive impact in my professional career. I have been able to work between several internal teams, from Finance to Communications. From the first day of my internship, I started contributing to the team by researching organizations to support families separated at the border with a pop-up employee giving opportunity. Among my many experiences, my focus on Hasbro’s signature philanthropic initiative, BE FEARLESS BE KIND, has been the closest to heart, as we are promoting growing empathy in children.

As I am entering my Junior year at NYU’s Stern School of Business, this internship has been instrumental in finding my career path. The wide range of experiences gave me the necessary exposure to select courses and even switch majors from Finance to Marketing. I am so appreciative to the team for welcoming me into this family from the moment I walked through the door and affording me a meaningful internship.

Nicholas, NYU Stern School of Business

Philanthropy Intern

How I made the most out of my #HasbroInternship

Throughout the summer I have been working as a Global Communications Intern, primarily working on creating a process for our costume character program and planning branded events. I have learned a lot about Hasbro and its iconic brands, such as Transformers and My Little Pony, but also what it takes …

Throughout the summer I have been working as a Global Communications Intern, primarily working on creating a process for our costume character program and planning branded events. I have learned a lot about Hasbro and its iconic brands, such as Transformers and My Little Pony, but also what it takes to create a process from the ground-up.

During my time here and at prior internships, I have learned key takeaways on how to have the best internship experiences. Some tips for future interns and those who want a greater experience:

  • Network, network, network!! Don’t be afraid to reach out to other departments and ask your team/manager for contacts.
  • Ask other interns to grab coffees and lunch. Make friends!
  • Ask for a project that you can take the lead on if you are not originally assigned one.
  • Use your voice during meetings. (May be the scariest thing to do, but it builds confidence and no questions or suggestions are dumb!)
  • Go to as many meetings and events as you can.

These are easier said than done and I too struggle putting myself out there, but I can say this internship has definitely helped me build confidence.

By attending branded events (and helping to plan them), I have created some great memories. My favorite one was the Magic: The Gathering 25th Anniversary Party that included cosplayers. Cosplay is when people dress up like their favorite characters. I had to do some research on this prior to the event as I was unsure of what cosplay was beforehand, but the costumes were so fun, and the people really brought the brand to life. I even participated in a photo op. This has given me a new perspective towards the activities that take place with Magic and other fan brands and not something I will soon forget.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to work at Hasbro this summer and have had so much fun learning and trying new things!

Nicolle, Roger Williams University

Intern with Global Communications

#HasbroIntern: Round 2

Working as a product designer at Hasbro was my dream job ever since I started my degree in Industrial Design at BYU. I had an amazing time interning on the Pre-School gaming team and loved the tight-knit feel of the team and the enthusiasm for designing hilarious new game experiences. …

Working as a product designer at Hasbro was my dream job ever since I started my degree in Industrial Design at BYU. I had an amazing time interning on the Pre-School gaming team and loved the tight-knit feel of the team and the enthusiasm for designing hilarious new game experiences. I spent my spare time while I was there meeting with various designers and design directors to see where else my skills and experience might be suited within the company. I was pointed towards an opening on the Burbank Action Brands design team that seemed to be a perfect fit. Working on the Burbank team has been an incredible opportunity with the recent acquisition of Power Rangers and the collaboration with Overwatch. I was surprised how much experience was packed into this second internship: I worked on role play weapons, premium action figures, RC vehicles, quirky collectables, packaging, and even directing concept development with outside vendors. I think that is what I find so appealing about Hasbro is that within the same company there is no limit to the experiences you can have and the things you can create!

Ryan, Brigham Young University

Design Intern- Action Brands

My biggest takeaway from my internship at Hasbro

Hasbro has earned an incredible reputation by bringing innovative play and entertainment experiences to children around the world. However, only the employees of Hasbro see the unique individuals and teams that really set this company above the rest. I have been lucky enough to be the Customer Strategic Marketing intern …

Hasbro has earned an incredible reputation by bringing innovative play and entertainment experiences to children around the world. However, only the employees of Hasbro see the unique individuals and teams that really set this company above the rest.

I have been lucky enough to be the Customer Strategic Marketing intern for one of Hasbro’s large accounts this summer. Of course, my team has taught me the ins and outs about the brands at Hasbro and how to work within the team; however, the real take away I have gained from my team is the importance of exploring my interests.

One of my favorite parts about Hasbro is that everyone who works here is eager to help others learn. My team showed me the significance in learning all parts of the business by taking the time to meet with me and describe in detail what each of them do. I was able to not only learn about marketing, but also explore other areas I had not focused on before. My manager encouraged me to set up meetings with people outside of my team as well. She took the time to hear my interests and lead me in the direction towards people who might have meaningful experiences to share with me. I truly feel that this allowed me to get the most out of my internship as possible.

I recommend that all interns jump outside of their comfort zones and set up meetings with others to learn about areas that are of interest to them. This is the time that allows us to get a taste of what we like and dislike before committing to a fulltime job. Luckily, my team was able to provide me with meaningful opportunities that helped me get a better idea of what I want to do in the future.

Jamie, Providence College

US Marketing Intern

Applying the design process

While here at Hasbro, I have picked up many skills and tricks of the trade. The one that sticks out to me the most is to look at the design process. This process is defining a problem, collecting information, brainstorming and analyzing ideas, developing solutions and models, getting feedback from …

While here at Hasbro, I have picked up many skills and tricks of the trade. The one that sticks out to me the most is to look at the design process. This process is defining a problem, collecting information, brainstorming and analyzing ideas, developing solutions and models, getting feedback from others, and finally improving your design, with the option to go back to the beginning. This is a way to look at the whole process and take it step by step. This allows someone to take a big task and break it up into manageable chunks. It has become clear to me that it can be a never-ending process, but if you work hard in the beginning stages it can save you a lot of time later from doing revisions. This has especially helped me overcome obstacles during developing solutions and models phase, as it has allowed me to have more complete models in my first attempt. My team has helped me through this process with realizing the difficulties of certain designs, as well as helping me come up with different approaches to them. The design process is not new, but my manager and my team have helped me to apply it firsthand. My new insights into this process has allowed me to tackle the task that I am given with the capability and confidence to get the job done.

Jay, Design Engineering Intern- Nerf

Calvin College

My Hasbro internship in Rhode Island: A small state with so much to explore

Hi! My name is Ana and I have been interning as a Global Brand Marketing Intern this summer for the Hasbro Playskool team. Everything about interning with Hasbro has been an incredible experience! Every day is different. Things that I usually do include completing market research, analyzing competitors, looking for …

Hi! My name is Ana and I have been interning as a Global Brand Marketing Intern this summer for the Hasbro Playskool team. Everything about interning with Hasbro has been an incredible experience! Every day is different. Things that I usually do include completing market research, analyzing competitors, looking for different trends, analyzing social media behaviors, debating different alternatives for bringing an item into market, and many other tasks that I truly enjoy. What I have liked the most about spending my summer at Hasbro, is the fact that I get to do things that I love not only at work, but also after it.

I was born and raised in Venezuela and have lived for two years and a half in Miami. I knew moving to Providence was going to be a very different experience and that is one of the reasons why I did not doubt to come. Providence is a cute tiny city that has a unique vibe. A place full of free souls, artists, and happy people. This Summer has been full of different festivals such as the PVD Fest and Pride weekend that are worth exploring. Since Rhode Island is a very small state, I have been able to go to its beaches and ports: Narraganset and Newport. Newport, RI has incredible mansions, cute streets full of boutiques and restaurants, and a cliff walk!

Living up here, has not only given me the opportunity to get to know a different city, but also to get to know great people that are also interning at Hasbro and explore new places with them! While interning at Hasbro and living in RI, I have traveled to Martha’s Vineyard, a very nice island located nearby in Massachusetts. Some friends and I spent 4th of July there. It has beautiful beaches and nice places to visit such as Edgartown and its lighthouse. I also visited New York for a weekend where I met up with a friend from my childhood. I have also been able hang around Boston and visited Six Flags New England. All have been great places to visit but my favorite destination has been Montreal, Canada – the Paris of North America. We tried delicious food and visited the Old Port of Montreal.

I am glad I was not afraid to leave the surrounding that I was used to for my whole life and move to RI for an internship at Hasbro. I have definitely had a great experience working here!

Ana, Florida International University

Playskool Brand- Marketing Intern

Living it up in Rhode Island- a Hasbro intern perspective

I am so glad Hasbro made arrangements for interns to stay at Johnson and Wales University for our internships because it gave us a chance to really get to know each other and plan activities together. The first week we arrived, we visited the Providence Place Mall every single day …

I am so glad Hasbro made arrangements for interns to stay at Johnson and Wales University for our internships because it gave us a chance to really get to know each other and plan activities together. The first week we arrived, we visited the Providence Place Mall every single day because how could you not when it’s only a quick walk away. It’s nice when you make friends with people who are excited to go to an after-work dinner/happy hour with you in the middle of the week. I recommend the restaurant, Blend, in downtown Providence. They have great daily specials, but they don’t split checks so bring cash.

We explored so much of Providence that I think I could convince someone I’m from here if I really wanted to. There’s so much to do that you don’t even have to plan an event in advance. I went to Martha’s Vineyard with some of my fellow interns as a last minute 4th of July trip. And, the food! Oh my Gosh! The food is amazing here. Tom’s Bao Bao is a must because it is a quick, easy stop on the way home and it provides choices for meat lovers, pescatarians, and vegetarians. If you’re pescatarian or vegetarian make sure you call ahead so you know if they have those options that day.

We were also fortunate enough to be able to attend PVD Fest and Water Fire within the same weekend and if that was all I did in a month I would be satisfied. We saw the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, at Water Fire and were able to get a clear video of him for Instagram. (If you don’t post it, did it really happen).

There’s no shortage of activities. This was my first time in New England and now I’ve been to Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Canada all while interning at Hasbro. Canada had one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had. It’s called Coaticook and it tastes so natural instead of artificial flavoring. One of my goals is to travel to every state in the US and every country in the world. Hasbro made that just a little bit easier.

Emajja, Hampton University

Global Finance Operations Intern

From Art to Engineering to a Co-op at Hasbro!

I just began my six-month Electronics Engineering Co-op with Hasbro in the Applied Technologies department. I will be working with cross-functional project teams and will get to experience the entire development over the course of my time here. Academically, I started my journey at Sheridan College studying Art Fundamentals. After …

I just began my six-month Electronics Engineering Co-op with Hasbro in the Applied Technologies department. I will be working with cross-functional project teams and will get to experience the entire development over the course of my time here.  Academically, I started my journey at Sheridan College studying Art Fundamentals. After about a year, I discovered my passion for Engineering and made a giant leap to switch programs. I’m now a 3rd year Mechatronics Engineering student from the University of Waterloo in Canada. My program covers Mechanical, Electrical and Software Engineering concepts which I will be directly applying to my work here at Hasbro. The background I gained while studying Art has also helped me to apply my creativity in finding engineering solutions for my projects.

My future responsibilities at Hasbro will primarily involve building, testing, debugging, and demonstrating electronic prototype concepts for products. A lot of what I’ve learned in the past few terms of school, including advanced programming and circuits related courses have applied to my day-to-day responsibilities. It’s very rare to find a co-op placement that will allow you to gain real-world practice that directly relates to your field of study. The Applied Technologies team has been very welcoming to me, offering me flexible opportunities to work on projects for many exciting brands. The next six months for me will be busy, challenging, but extremely rewarding. I am looking forward to my time here at Hasbro!

Ana, University of Waterloo

 Global Engineering and Technology- Electronics Engineer Co-op

How I spent my days as a #HasbroIntern

Having worked at Hasbro since the beginning of January, I can safely say that completing my first co-op here has been a unique and rewarding experience. As an upcoming 3rd year at Northeastern University, I also know that it’s easy to get absorbed solely into classes. Co-oping at Hasbro has …

Having worked at Hasbro since the beginning of January, I can safely say that completing my first co-op here has been a unique and rewarding experience. As an upcoming 3rd year at Northeastern University, I also know that it’s easy to get absorbed solely into classes. Co-oping at Hasbro has shown me that there is knowledge and learning beyond the classroom.

Hasbro is a large and popular company and is a leader in the toy industry on a global scale. As a result, its product development process is undoubtedly extensive. Furthermore, individuals from a variety of different backgrounds can easily find a place in this collaborative process based on their interests and fields of study. I am an upcoming 3rd year Mechanical Engineering Major at Northeastern University, and I found my place in the Integrated Play Department (iPlay) here at Hasbro.

On the iPlay team, our mission is to continuously push the boundaries of technology in play to create innovative and unprecedented experiences. For example, one of the projects I supported during my time here was HERO VISION IRON MAN AR EXPERIENCE. This is a role play experience, enhanced by Augmented Reality that lets the consumer pretend to battle like Iron Man virtually in a first-person point of view. Another project I worked on was DropMix, a fast-paced and exciting music-mixing game. Players can create different mixes with a variety of stems and tracks loaded onto the included and purchasable cards. They play these cards onto a Bluetooth board, and can change the speed and pitch on the corresponding app. I believe that the advanced technology behind these products will definitely shape the future of play for all generations.

The past 6 months have been challenging and insightful, and I am excited to see what Hasbro creates in the future!

Ananya, Northeastern University

Co-op in Integrated Play

A Day in the life of a #HasbroIntern

Hello! My name is Holly and I am an Industrial Engineer from Texas A&M University. I am a Project Engineer Co-op on My Little Pony here at Hasbro. A day in the life of a #Hasbrointern is always new and exciting! Each day, I work with a variety of …

Hello! My name is Holly and I am an Industrial Engineer from Texas A&M University. I am a Project Engineer Co-op on My Little Pony here at Hasbro. A day in the life of a #Hasbrointern is always new and exciting!

Each day, I work with a variety of My Little Pony products that are in different stages of the Design & Development process. I work with a cross-functional team of engineers, marketers, designers, project managers, and quality assurance. Together, we develop products from their initial concept to production.

As a #Hasbrointern, I am a hands-on team member. Each day is filled with My Little Pony team meetings to discuss the status of projects. I communicate with our partners around the world to kick-off projects, provide design updates, and send product sample comments. I evaluate product costs, review production samples, and create product specification documents.

Some days are completely different! I went to New York Toy Fair, volunteered at Ronald McDonald House with my engineering team, and dressed up as Mr. Potato Head for Bring-Your-Child-To-Work Day. It has been such a rewarding experience being on the My Little Pony Team as a #HasbroIntern!

Holly, Texas A&M University

Co-op in Expressions Brands- My Little Pony

Why I chose to intern at Hasbro this summer

Because working for Hasbro is a dream come true. It’s a company that brings laughter and joy to not only children, but people from all ages; from all over the world. This is my first week at the company and so far it has been an incredible experience. There’s such …

Because working for Hasbro is a dream come true. It’s a company that brings laughter and joy to not only children, but people from all ages; from all over the world. This is my first week at the company and so far it has been an incredible experience. There’s such a strong company culture. I feel surrounded by friends rather than just co-workers. The employees at Hasbro are extremely welcoming, kind, and always there to help you grow as a professional and an individual.

Hasbro is the perfect company to combine my creative and analytical skills. As a Finance and Business Management double major, it’s hard to find a job that you look forward to going to every day. I love crashing data and I love my field of study, but I also love Broadway, creative writing, and dancing. Hence, Hasbro is the perfect fit where I can combine these two sides of my life. Having done some prior internships, Hasbro has been the most fun to work for. I mean, I’m surrounded by images of My Little Pony character’s and Transformers. It truly can’t get any better than that!

I love the Hasbro breadth of products. Growing up I used to be obsessed with Transformers, Power Rangers, and My Little Pony! (Yes, a boy who loved My Little Pony. #TeamFluttershy). I wake up every morning and I am excited to get to work. Although I still keep getting lost at the NPD offices, because it’s so big! But it is absolutely worth it.

Jose, Endicott College

Intern in Internal Audit

Summer 2018: Interning at Hasbro

For me, it’s always been important to work for an organization that is inherently good. Throughout my career I’ve worked for the U.S. federal government, the World Bank, and most recently, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While there may not seem to be a connection between these organizations, the …

For me, it’s always been important to work for an organization that is inherently good. Throughout my career I’ve worked for the U.S. federal government, the World Bank, and most recently, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). While there may not seem to be a connection between these organizations, the common denominator is that their mission statement all strive to contribute to and better society.

When I was searching for opportunities for the summer, Hasbro quickly became my top choice. Hasbro is well-known for creating toys and games that have brought people and families together for decades; however, what most inspired me to join the Hasbro family was the organization’s dedication to its community. I learned how much Hasbro strives to bring joy and happiness to families while preserving its integrity and ethical standards. In addition, I was incredibly motivated to work at an organization that truly puts philanthropy at the forefront of its business. Hasbro’s Day of Joy is one of the many aspects of Hasbro that really motivated me to join this summer. A day of giving back to the community and putting words into action is incredibly impactful.

While working at Hasbro this summer, I hope to learn all about brand management marketing and consistently challenge myself to try my hand at anything that I’m less versed in. I am fortunate enough to work on the Play-Doh brand which has made its mark on families around the world for many years. Through this internship, I will be able to better understand what goes into making certain brand decisions and how marketing in general plays a role in product development. I’m grateful to work on the U.S. marketing team where I feel that I’ll gain invaluable insight on what the day-to-day of brand management is truly like. I’m currently on my third week at Hasbro and I feel the passion and energy that employees have and put into their work daily. It goes without saying that working in an organization surrounded by toys and games is a great bonus as well!

Francesca, Babson College

Intern in U.S. Marketing – MBA Brand Marketing: Play-Doh

Hasbro: My summer internship

As an MBA student with a focus on brand marketing, I chose to intern at Hasbro because it is competitively positioned in an exciting industry where I can gain experience that will help me grow into my career as a marketer. This is also a fantastic opportunity to work on …

As an MBA student with a focus on brand marketing, I chose to intern at Hasbro because it is competitively positioned in an exciting industry where I can gain experience that will help me grow into my career as a marketer. This is also a fantastic opportunity to work on the iconic brands that I grew up playing with as a child. It is important to me that my work be on something I feel passionate about and what could be more rewarding than making a product that will create so much joy and cherished memories?

As someone who is excited by the challenges of a changing industry, I want to be part of a company that is focused on where that industry is going. Having always had ties to entertainment industry, especially with the growth of Allspark Studios, Hasbro is uniquely positioned as entertainment and digital media are becoming key to staying ahead of changing trends and consumer preferences.

In my opinion, toys are an exciting space to be in as a young marketer because it is at the intersection of so many other industries. This business encompasses aspects of consumer-packaged goods, retail, entertainment, fashion, and technology. Gaining insight into all these areas will give me a well-rounded experience and the flexibility to excel in many different career paths.

This summer I am focusing on honing my analytical skill set and gaining a deeper understanding of the role of a marketer. Coming from a design background, I am excited to implement the analytical skills I gained during the first year of my MBA program. I have already had the chance to use concepts from my marketing and operations classes.

It’s only my second week at Hasbro and already I am learning so much. My team has been incredibly welcoming and everyone I meet goes out of their way to get me up to speed on the projects I’m assigned to. I feel so lucky to be here and I am certain that this will be both a fun and informative summer that will help launch me into a successful career.

Ally, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Intern on Disney Global Brand Team

Hasbro Experience

Hi there! My name is Liv and I’m currently going into my junior year of Industrial Design at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. My co-op experience this summer in the model shop has been amazing! I’ve learned so much about industrial design and have improved on my model-making …

Hi there! My name is Liv and I’m currently going into my junior year of Industrial Design at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. My co-op experience this summer in the model shop has been amazing! I’ve learned so much about industrial design and have improved on my model-making skills. I’ll be returning to school in the fall with real life work experience, company knowledge, and new techniques I’ve learned from my co-workers.

I wanted to co-op at Hasbro because I had an interest in toy design. When I got hired, I was so excited – telling everyone I knew that I was going to be working at Hasbro! I was looking forward to learning as much as I could about model-making, toy design, and the company overall. My first week at Hasbro, I was so nervous but everyone in the model shop is so nice and helpful. I could ask anyone for help or a question, and no one hesitated to show me how to do something or answer my many questions.

A typical day for a #HasbroCoop in the model shop – all depends on the day or week! Throughout a typical week I would use SolidWorks, 3D print parts, use the metal lathe, vacuum form, spray paint, hand paint – it just depended on the project I was working on at the time. I would collaborate with model makers, designers, and engineers on projects as well.

One lesson I’ve learned from the model shop that I can bring along my design career is that there’s never just one way to do something. If I had to make a new mechanism for a toy, I would try and find inspiration from other toys and take them apart to see how they worked. I could also ask my co-workers and they would give me ideas and advice on how to make models as well, because they’ve been doing it for years. Everyone has different ideas, advice, ways to do things – so I wasn’t afraid to ask for help and learn.

My favorite memory this summer was just always laughing with my co-workers. It was nice to make connections with so many people and just being able to laugh and talk about anything. Overall, my co-op this summer was rewarding. I became more confident in model-making, making connections, and just with myself as a student. I made connections I never thought I would make.

To incoming interns looking to make the most of their internship, make those connections. Reach out and talk to people – you never know what might come from a conversation. I never thought I would be reaching out to other employees within the company, setting up times to meet to discuss my career path – that was so outside of my comfort zone. But within the last month of my co-op, I was doing that, and it helped my communication skills and confidence immensely.

Thank you, Hasbro, for an awesome summer and co-op experience! :)

Liv, Model Shop Co-op

Wentworth Institute of Technology