Fun and Games at the Informatica Intern Olympics
This post is by Jessica Jong, an Employee Communications Intern at Informatica’s Redwood City HQ office. Jessica is a rising senior at Santa Clara University where she studies Communications. When she is not working at Informatica, you can find her spending time with friends, searching for a new book to read, or eating good food.
On July 23, 2015, Informatica HQ hosted its annual Informatica Intern Olympics. Interns, managers, and mentors from a number of departments (finance, sales operations, tax, marketing, human resources, engineering, IT, etc.) were divided into ten teams and prepped for the big day. The festivities began early in the morning as each team’s interns attempted to complete their first task – filling 100 water balloons by noon for the water balloon toss they would later play.
When the teams arrived, the soccer field was full of commotion and enthusiasm. Laughter and friendly banter filled the field as mentors, managers, and interns mingled with one another. Then Lalitta Ghandikota, Senior manager of US Campus Programs, and Rae Phillips, University Recruiter, gathered everyone together and explained the rules.
Each team was asked to work together and complete a circuit of activities. Activities included a water balloon toss, an obstacle course, musical chairs, and a human hamster ball relay race. Teams rotated through the circuit, and the team who won the most activities would take first place.
The moment the whistle was blown, the field burst with energy as the teams scrambled to win as many activities as they could.
Managers were seen tumbling in their hamster balls, mentors getting drenched by water balloons, and interns hula-hooping their way to victory. Unsurprisingly, some of the most competitive were department co-workers, who could be heard urging their teams toward victory around the field. Our VP of Global Talent Acquisition, Brad Cook, joined in on the fun and flew his drone around the field – dodging quite a few water balloons along the way.
Our employees brought their desire for excellence and success to the field. Interns, managers, and mentors alike could be seen on the field shouting encouragements and celebrating victories with one another.
Overall, the event was a great opportunity for employees from all over our organization to work together and have some fun outdoors. This event would not have been possible without the assistance of everyone who supports the internship program here at Informatica.