What Do Millennials Want: Making This Your Best Internship Yet

Making This Your Best Internship Yet
Making This Your Best Internship Yet

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 comes from Sai Avala, a Software Engineering Intern on the Project Springbok Team located in our Redwood City HQ office. Sai is a rising senior at University of Texas at Austin (UT). He’s currently pursuing his degree in Computer Science and Certificates in Scientific Computing and Statistical Modeling. He helped found a mobile app development organization at UT, and teaches his own Android App development class every week. When Sai isn’t at work, he’s most likely hanging out with friends or coding up a new project. Oh yeah, he’s interning with Informatica for the second time!. His post today is titled “Making This Your Best Internship Yet.”

Like many of us, I had a number of choices when it came to my summer internship. And, I chose Informatica not once, but twice.  That’s right; this is my second as an intern at Informatica.  Why you ask?  Good question.

When I was trying to make my decision, it was really pretty easy.  My criteria were that I needed to feel comfortable approaching management with ideas, I needed to make an impact, and I needed to learn and have fun. And, based on my experience last summer, I knew I could find all of that at Informatica.

I like coming up with new ideas.  Here, I feel comfortable approaching management to pitch my ideas and to give my suggestions.  And, I know, based on my experience last year, that they take my suggestions seriously.  One of the highlights of last summer was seeing the work I did actually integrated into the product.

At Informatica you have the ability to drive your career.  You also have the ability to explore and cultivate your interests.  Just recently, I was thinking about some new ways to market Project Springbok (One of Informatica’s new products). I saw the Chief Strategy Officer (Ivan Chong) walk by (he heads the team), stopped him, and started to pitch it to him. Next thing you know, we’re at my desk and we’re hammering the details out. It’s definitely rare to see this kind of interaction between an intern and someone on the Executive Leadership Team

Whether you’re interested in coming up with new ideas and strategies, software development, marketing, or sales, look for ways to grow your skills, I really feel like Once a company reaches the “mid-size” status or larger, it can be hard to find your place. But, you know what, that’s not a problem here at Informatica. There’s so many great people, that literally everyone here has the chance to shine.