More Than Meets the Eye

Hello readers!
If you are reading this, chances are you are about to embark on a unique journey at Hasbro......

Hello readers!

If you are reading this, chances are you are about to embark on a unique journey at Hasbro.

So be prepared as there is certainly to it "more than meets the eye" (Transformers pun intended!).

They say leverage this opportunity to network, and let me tell you, Hasbro goes above and beyond so you can do that. From the numerous sessions lead by various departments, to tours, resource groups, events, and more... it's there, all you have to do is reach out for it!

It is also so humbling to see that almost anyone you reach out to will find the time to connect with you, listen to you, share their experience with you, and guide you.

On a smaller scale, my experience with my manager and colleagues was also one of a kind. I am an intern yes, but I am a career changer and I come with 10 years of experience. Going back to being an intern was something I had mixed feelings about. But to be honest, I don't feel like an intern at all in my team. They have all made me feel as an integral part of the team on all levels (responsibility, visibility, trust, accountability and all). Therefore, I wake up every morning striving to make a positive impact.

Last, and on a less serious note, one of the challenges of working at a Hasbro office is controlling, and even suppressing, your inner child as you walk through the hallways!

Wishing you an unforgettable and life-changing experience at this amazing company!

Lea, MBA Global Consumer Insights Co-op

Northeastern University

Packaging Engineer Co-op at Hasbro

Hi everyone, it’s Sam again! But for those who don’t know me I’m a third year Packaging Science major at Rochester Institute of Technology ......

Hi everyone, it’s Sam again! But for those who don’t know me I’m a third year Packaging Science major at Rochester Institute of Technology and this was my second co-op here at Hasbro. I had another amazing time co-oping here again and can’t believe how fast time flew by! First, I want to thank my manager and mentor, Ryan, for giving me another great opportunity to work at Hasbro again. I’ve learned so many new things from day-to-day tasks to being creatively challenged for bigger projects.

During my last co-op, I mainly worked on the brand Play-Doh, but this time I was assigned Action Brands. Now since I already completed a co-op, the packaging department trusted me with more responsibility by allowing me to work on multiple brands such as G.I Joe, Beyblade, and Star Wars. My work entailed refreshing packaging to be plastic free, brainstorming new structure ideas, filling out packaging bill of materials, and collaborating with teams for Haslab items. I communicated with graphic designers, project managers, marketing teams, project engineers, and so many more to make sure our projects were on schedule or if any packaging specs needed to be discussed or altered. I also used Photoshop to create packouts to show to our licensers to approve for projects.

All in all, I still learned so much from this co-op even though it being my second time. I got to meet new colleagues that were so fun to work with! Thank you Hasbro and my teams for being amazing and giving me the chance to work at such an extraordinary company again!

Sam, Packaging Engineer Co-op

Rochester Institute of Technology

Collect a Co-op Experience as You Pass Hasbro!

Hi! My name is Vivian, and I am a rising senior Mechanical Engineering student .......

Hi! My name is Vivian, and I am a rising senior Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Texas at Austin. During my time at Hasbro, I worked as a Cost Engineer Co-op supporting the Games and Mr. Potato Head teams. It is truly a bittersweet moment as I enter my last week of my six-month co-op. I have gained such a valuable experience and skill set that I could not have fathomed I would achieve in this short span of time.

With only a few semesters left until I graduated, I did not expect to take a semester off from academics to take on this role. In fact, I almost declined the initial offer because I feared the delaying of my graduation and was unable to relocate from Texas to Rhode Island. Due to the flexibility of my manager and the work environment, I was able to take on this role remotely. I was worried that I would not be able to learn as much remotely as I would have if I were in person, but that was not the case at all. I entered my co-op with a vague idea of what a cost engineer was and how the toy industry functioned, and I am leaving being able to explain in-depth the manufacturing process and cost of almost every Hasbro item. I now have a wealth of knowledge in areas like plastic injection molding, which is easier to understand when you apply it to your favorite childhood toys! I also had the opportunity to be a part of Hasbro’s sustainable initiatives, as I worked on the first items of the all “green” potato head line! The decision to take a gap semester was an idea that was scary to commit to, but I was exposed to the various sides of engineering that you won’t find being taught in the classroom.

The number one thing that made working at Hasbro so enjoyable was definitely the people. Getting through the first few weeks of the co-op was a huge learning curve, but I had a support system every step of the way and will continue to have that support after the end of my co-op. I was treated like any other full-time engineer and not just another co-op, and that responsibility has built my confidence in my career. I also had the privilege of spending a week in person at the Rhode Island office, and I completely understand when everyone I had met mentioned that the best part of their job was the people they worked with.

A special shoutout to my manager, Hilary, the cost engineering team, the Games and Mr. Potato Head teams, and my fellow engineering co-ops for playing a vital role in my co-op experience. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work at Hasbro, and I encourage anyone who comes across a similar opportunity to make the most of it!

Vivian, Cost Engineering Co-op
University of Texas at Austin

My Internship Experience as a Digital Sculptor

Hi! I'm Jim Bhak, a graduate student in the Animation Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I was a sculpting.......

Hi! I'm Jim Bhak, a graduate student in the Animation Department at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I was a sculpting co-op for the Spring 2022 quarter.

I was introduced to Hasbro by my professor, who invited me to join the Hasbro Winter Workshop. I was interested in 3D Art before joining the workshop, but working with the Hasbro mentors really opened my eyes about using Zbrush for figurines and articulated figures. I learned so much! It was challenging in the best way, and I got a real appreciation for the artisanship that goes into creating these incredible figures.

After that amazing workshop, I wanted to delve deeper into the world of Hasbro and articulated figures, and so I applied for the internship for Spring 2022. I was gobsmacked when I was told that I got the internship, and kind of intimidated by the prospect of working with such amazing artists.

However once I started, any qualms I had were instantly put to rest. The Hasbro Sculpting Team couldn't have been more friendly and welcoming, and they were incredibly patient with me as they answered all of my questions and critiqued my work.

It really is the best work environment I have ever been in, where there is a lot of support and engagement, both from the senior staff and my fellow temps and co-ops. There were some great stories and pet pics shared in the weekly "Sculpting Connect" meetings, and I learned so dang much in the regular "Tips and Tricks" and "Articulation Class" sessions.

The mentors at Hasbro really taught me a lot, guiding me through so many complicated, fascinating processes, while at the same time keeping me honest about my own work and making sure I maintained a rigorous eye toward the quality of what I was creating.

My advice to new interns is to soak in as much as you can while you are at Hasbro, and contribute your two cents as well! Communication is key. Be confident that the managers and fellow interns are going support you and cheer you on as you all make Hasbro a great place to work.

Jim, Sculptor/3D Artist Co-Op

Savannah College of Art and Design

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