February 19, 2020
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