This summer the Alliance for Diversity & Inclusion hosted its annual summer intern program. As mentioned in the blog post on April 8, 103 students applied for twenty-two positions. This was our largest and most diverse group of interns to date.
The interns worked full-time from June 1 – August 7 within 12 different offices across the organization in various capacities, from accounting to custom web development to audits and procurement. At the beginning of the summer, the students had an opportunity to get to know one another during a social event at Taughannock Falls. For some, this was the first time they had been to a major local attraction off campus.
Each week the students attended a luncheon with presentations from leadership in finance, investments, information technology, facilities, the Cornell store, the bursar’s office and procurement services. Feedback from the students is that the lunches were very informative, and a suggestion for next year is that they would appreciate the opportunity for additional engagement.
New this year, in addition to providing a presentation at the closing luncheon on August 7, the interns were asked to provide an executive summary of their work. These summaries were provided to the senior leadership to give them an in-depth view of all the projects the students were involved with. During the presentations, the students offered important feedback on ways the university could save money, streamline administrative processes, and improve the intern program. Several students joked that they thought they knew all there was to know about Excel, but they learned there is a lot more they can do with spreadsheets than they’d previously thought.
Jessica Doolittle, a manager in the Custom Web Development area of CIT, had two interns working with her group over the summer. One is a designer and one is a programmer. According to Jessica, “Both interns got a greater understanding of the project management role and the whole process of managing communications from start to finish.” She says the program could be improved if direct supervisors know upfront all the skillsets of the interns, so they can better plan for training and support.
Overall, the program was a resounding success. Students worked hard, learned the value of administrative practices at a University, and received their first taste of what it’s like to work full-time in an office setting. The Custom Web Development team is keeping on their interns for the academic year, and the ADI will be hosting the program again next year.
The 2015 ADI Summer Interns:
- Kelly Albanir, University Treasurer’s Office
- Justina Chen, CIT Academic Technologies
- Hannah Choi, CIT Communications
- Gregory Chu, University Audit Office
- Matthew Cohen, Division of Financial Affairs—Tax office
- Eileen Dai, Cornell Store
- Tom Eisenbrown, Division of Financial Affairs—Procurement Services
- Lucy He—CIT Custom Web Development
- Molly Higgins—CIT Custom Web Development
- Zachary Israel, Division of Financial Affairs—Procurement Services
- Harold Kim, University Audit Office
- James Markiewicz, CIT Business Intelligence Team
- Alain Michaud, CIT Communications
- Samantha Ngu, Office of the Vice President of Finance
- Andrew Park, University Controller’s Office
- Marquise Riley, Division of Financial Affairs—Accounting
- Rene Tsukawaki, Division of Financial Affairs—Procurement Services
- Raquel Zerbib, Division of Financial Affairs—Procurement Services
- Bowen Zhang, Sponsored Financial Services