A Whole New World in 81 Days…

In my recent blog post, What Do Millennials Want?, I mentioned that we are bringing you a special blog series, “Informatica Interns Ideas: 2014.” Today’s post, the first in the series, comes from Amitha Narayanan, a Technical Writing Documentation Intern located in our Redwood City HQ office. Amitha is pursuing her Masters in Technical Communication at North Carolina State University. When Amitha is not authoring technical content, you can find her outdoors, exploring the city, reading books on park benches, or doing yoga.


A whole new world in 81 days…

internsI was caught between two very distinct emotions as I started my technical documentation internship. On the one hand, I was excited about rejoining the workforce after a year of being away in grad school. On the other, I had the apprehension of a six-year old on the first day of elementary school. I also had a nagging voice inside my head tell me that at 33, I might be the oldest intern in the group.

Well, seven weeks into the internship, I have kissed the voice good bye. And I can scream from any rooftop that this is by far the best decision I have made for myself.

If there is one phrase that sums up my intern experience, it is “a journey of (self) discovery.”

By the end of my first week here, I realized the following things:

  • There is no such thing as a dumb question. This internship has taught me to ask without apology. The six words that made it possible are “that’s what we are here for.”
  • It takes a leader to make another. I see that all around me in managers, mentors, and senior colleagues in the team, who go above and beyond to groom and instill in me the confidence to see myself becoming like them one day. Like they say, “it takes one to know one, show one, and grow one.”
  • I am as important as any full-time employee. I might be here for just three months, but my growth and development are just as crucial as any full-time new hire’s.
  • I won’t be spoon fed, which is the BEST part. Everyone is helpful and points me to where the information is or who the person is that can answer my questions. I love that it simply doesn’t come to me like breakfast in bed on a romantic weekend.

I also know myself better now. I am sure that I love being in an environment that expects me to hit the ground running; I work well with someone who is direct and simply cuts to the chase. I also now know that age is just a number and there is no better time than now to experience what it is like to be part of an organization that is truly young at heart.