As summer rolls in, so do the interns. VML, a Kansas City media and advertising company, decided to welcome its new workers in a special way for their 25th anniversary.
With its headquarters in the old Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport, aviation is an apparent theme throughout the company. VML introduced the new interns on Monday morning through a “Flight to Their Future” on a 1950s-era Lockheed Constellation airplane from the Airline History Museum.
The Lockheed Constellations, affectionately known as Connies, changed the face of commercial flight in the 1950s with their three tail design and modern appeal. With only a few left in existence, Kansas City is home to one of the remaining famous planes.
“A lot of agencies have creative ways to recruit their interns, but very few have creative ways to ‘on board’ their interns and welcome them because embracing them is what’s really important,” senior manager Jamie Dierking said. “So, we thought this was kind of a cool way to do that.”
VML leaders introduced themselves and the company’s history to the 30 interns as they sat throughout the historic plane.
“This was honestly the last thing I expected,” new intern Faith Tyrell said. “I think it just shows that in most internships they’re always excited to have you, but the genuine authenticity behind this and everyone here to welcome us is more impressive than anything.”
CEO Jon Cook believed this event was perfect given the company’s history with Northwest Airlines as their first client and its location at the downtown airport since 1992.
“At VML you can be yourself; it’s a culture that you put your own stamp on to and bring your own personality to,” Cook said. “This is a grand example of VML bringing their own personality and I hope the message wasn’t lost that at VML, not only can you bring your personality, we’re dependent on it.”
As the interns departed the Connie they were greeted by the entire staff of VML with signs and even a red carpet to complete their welcome session.