The stereotypical work of a college intern usually involves busy work and fetching the boss’s coffee. At Gannett Fleming, though, this was nowhere near reality. Every task and project assigned to me had a greater purpose and was utilized in continued business functions throughout the firm. Due to this level of importance and responsibility, I was able to see my hard work make an impact on the firm and a difference in my department.
As a talent acquisition intern, my projects revolved around understanding potential candidates and how to best attract talent to the organization. Whether it was developing talking points for recruiters, progressing the internship program, or interviewing current employees to create recruitment candidate personas and supplemental marketing content, I was able to not only apply what I had learned in my studies at school, but also embark on new creative pathways along the way. Understanding current employees and their corresponding interests and motivations was truly eye-opening in generating content for the talent pipeline of the future, allowing me to home in on my marketing and human resources backgrounds simultaneously.
From brainstorming an idea on paper to seeing my project come to life, the work that I completed created a positive impact on my own education as well as the firm’s recruitment and marketing strategies. The lessons that I learned, the countless failures and successes, the ups and downs, have all led me to the person I am today: One that is confident in my abilities to be a valuable team member, strong leader, and creative outlet. I will forever look back on my time as a Gannett Fleming intern as the summer where I continuously evolved and became a better professional and human.