Surpassing Expectations: One Intern Reflects On Her Summer Experience

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Surpassing Expectations: One Intern Reflects On Her Summer Experience

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Getting an internship at UnitedHealth Group is an opportunity to do something new and perhaps land your first full time job. How do students make the most of these experiences? Emily K. shares her internship experience with the Talent Marketing team.

What have you learned in your internship?

Each day when I logged in, from a room at world headquarters or at home with my puppy, I was involved in all types of projects. These included social media creation, website updates, hashtag research, video shoots, and drafting employee emails. The marketing team asked for feedback to ensure I was included in projects that interest me.

What projects excited you?

The most exciting projects were video shoots. From start to finish, I saw the work that goes into production including:

  • researching different angles to shoot video
  • controlled a camera during interviews
  • reviewed the footage for editing

What were a few challenges?

At first, I struggled to understand the acronyms used day to day. I asked for clarification and kept a notebook page (or 3) filled with the language my co-workers used. Now I know what over 80% of the acronyms mean.

Any advice for interns?

If you make time to connect with leaders, ask questions, and attend events, you will learn so much. Also, attend specific intern events. They are designed to learn about other aspects of the company, network with one another, and to get a real feel for the culture.

How has your internship changed/affirmed your career goals?

Before working at UnitedHealth Group, I was unsure what I wanted to do post-graduation. My experience taught me how much I love marketing. I often bragged to my friends and family about how awesome my team was and looked forward to coming to work each day. I was involved in many projects that showed me how complex and fun marketing can be.

How does your new view/learnings change how you are going to go into your classes this year?

It’s best to apply skills to grow and to learn. For example, on National Intern Day I facilitated an Instagram “take over”. I will use these skills when I resume classes in social media marketing, integrated marketing communications, branding, and more.

How would you summarize your experience?

The exposure and experience I took away from this internship was higher than I expected. The organization extends many resources to help prepare interns for their futures.

The Early Careers program at UnitedHealth Group is designed to improve professional skills and gain exposure to guide students towards their interests. Speakers, networking events, and outside of work interests are organized and these special projects incorporate individual strengths to contribute towards an interns’ success.

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