As an intern, I figured my work space would consist of a table shared with 12 other interns, but I was surprised to learn that I have my very own cubicle all to myself! I have lots of desk room, drawers for storage and a small hanging space for my rain coat and other personal items. I use an HP computer and have my own phone extension! My desk came equipped with pens, pencils, highlighters, a stapler, tape dispense, scissors, sticky notes and paper clips. A brand new Microsoft wireless mouse was also on my desk, still in the package. This is a picture of my cube decorated with photos of my family and friends. Since I do spend a great deal of time here, I was encouraged to make it feel homey!
After waiting all school year to find out whether or not I had been hired for the internship, Monday, May 20 finally came. I was about to embark upon an 11 week experience unlike any other. I put on my Office Depot red dress and headed off to Intern Orientation Day. I had no idea what to expect.
The corporate building is huge. It is actually three buildings put together into one huge complex – complete with the North, Center and South buildings. There are five floors, with offices, common rooms and resource centers on every floor. In addition to offices there is a cafeteria, featuring a sushi station and made-to-order wrap station, a gym with cardio machines and free weights, a place to drop off dry cleaning, gift shop and chair massage room. Some may say excessive, I say incentive!
Anyway, after touring the massive complex, we really got to learn about Office Depot, not only as a store but as a brand. Like every other company, there are policies and procedures to follow. We had a group discussion about ethics and morals and we played a game of Office Depot Jeopardy to get to know the company better.
On Day 1, we were given reusable bags, all the office supplies in the world, travel cups, OD decorated Oreo cookies and the one thing that stood out to me was a handwritten note signed by the staff on my floor welcoming me to the team. As a University Ambassador at HPU, I never really put much consideration into how much a handwritten note can mean. Once I opened my note, I remember how I felt when I got my thank you after my tour at HPU and that was a feeling of belonging.
On my desk was a sign (see photo) welcoming me from my managers. The little things they do here at Office Depot to welcome you are incredible!
This summer I have been given the opportunity to come back to the SAS Headquarters in Cary, NC as a second year intern. SAS Institute is one of the largest private software companies in the world. SAS develops analytics software that helps other companies to analyze important corporate data to aid in decision-making. That includes about 79% of all Fortune 500 companies.
I work in marketing for a group called “Emerging Solutions”, which deals loosely with Life Sciences, Health Care, Hospitality & Travel, Utilities, Manufacturing, and Supply Chain aspects of the company. We are located in what is currently the newest building here on the main SAS campus: Building C.
For my first week at SAS, I got to work on some projects that really opened my eyes to some of the small tasks that are often overlooked when it comes to keeping a large company running smoothly. The largest undertaking would definitely be what is called “Cleanup/Archiving.” I was granted permission to directly edit and delete parts of the SharePoint site. This is where large amounts of the marketing data from 2009 to present are stored. I got to go in and compress large amounts of the old data into smaller files to be archived, and then delete the old data, so that the site is not as cluttered and so that it can run faster.
This is my office:
Although my internship is within worldwide marketing at SAS, I was lucky enough to take a few software classes last week. I took two classes that lasted two and a half days. The first class was on how to build models using SAS Sentiment Analysis Studio, and the second was on how to build models using SAS Content Categorization Studio. Sentiment Analysis Studio can take text files, or in my case tweets, and judge whether the content is positive or negative. It uses advanced linguistic rules to judge the sentiment of the text. Content Categorization Studio uses similar language processing and advanced linguistic techniques to identify key topics and phrases in text.
In a nutshell, by using these two pieces of software I can take thousands of tweets and determine what they are talking about and whether it is positive or negative. Amazing! Content Categorization and Sentiment Analysis are two of the major pieces that make up the SAS Social Media Analytics product. I am very happy to have these new skills and techniques to put on my resume. When I am at school I make sure to use all of HPU’s abundant resources, so I was happy to take advantage of some SAS training during my internship. Till next week!
Hey Class of 2016,
I first want to say welcome to High Point University! You made the perfect choice to help build an extraordinary future. Not only are you going to have amazing professors and peers to guide you through the next four years, but you have this awesome Career and Internship Services department that helps you find amazing internships and jobs for your future. Speaking about internships, these are essential to starting your successful future. Not only do they help you get your foot in the door, but they also give you great experience and skills to carry with you to your future career. College teaches and gives you knowledge; internships allow you to apply that knowledge and guides you in the direction you are most passionate about.
Here is a little bit about myself: My name is Angela Tagliareni from Califon, N.J. and I am a rising senior at High Point University, majoring in strategic communication with a minor in political science. Since May, I have been interning with Percepture Inc. in Branchburg, N.J., which is only 30 minutes from my home, which rocks! This is my second internship this year. I previously interned during my spring semester with 88.5 WFDD National Public Radio at Wake Forest University.
Percepture, my current internship, is a fully integrated public relations agency and marketing firm that is also located in New York City and Chicago. I absolutely love my internship and hard work does pay off. I work under Stephanie Stabulis who is Manager of Client Services and Social Media. My writing skills are improving tremendously with the help of Stephanie. I went from an unpaid intern to a paid employee in just a few short weeks receiving my own business cards, a phone extension and extended employment this fall while completing my senior year.
Internships are your ticket to a successful future. You can never have too many internships, because there will always be new ideas and techniques to use in any field. Knowledge is power and having the hard work and drive to back it up does wonders in the real world. When I officially received my internship in May, the president of Percepture – Thor Harris, said that summer is about three things: making money, learning something new and having fun. I pass these words onto you, Class of 2016.
To me, life is about three things: learning as much as you can, being your definition of successful and having fun. Enjoy your next four years at HPU; they will go fast, so make every moment count. Take advantage of all the great resources HPU has to offer. Talk to your professors and advisors and research the numerous connections they have to offer. The more you network and put yourself out there, the better the outcomes will be, I promise you!
Good luck Class of 2016! You made the first step, becoming an HPU Student. Now it is up to you to rock it!
Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing all your new faces in August!