I’m writing to you from my cubicle at Intel’s Jones Farm Campus in Oregon. I’m a programmer here this summer and it’s extremely hard to write code that is anywhere near useful before 10am so, while my boss isn’t looking, I’m writing this blog post.
I’m nearing the end of my 6th week here at Intel and it has been nothing short of awesome. Yes, there are times when I’m a bit overwhelmed with a task in front of me, or too tired after hours of coding to even write a few coherent lines, but there is so much more to working here than I thought possible.
My first two weeks, I worked all day. From 9 until 5 I was working. I had lunch at my desk, and I just sat and coded, but I wanted to branch out. In my 3rd week I decided to start the Intern Think Tank. It was going to be a space where interns could share their ideas and have the other attendees give constructive criticism and brainstorm with them. When you have so many talented marketing strategists, programmers, engineers, and business people in one space, you’re sure to come up with some great stuff.
The first meeting was a hit! We had people show up and share awesome ideas and by the next week people were teleconferencing in! It’s been continuing to grow and we have our next meeting tomorrow.
Next I took it upon myself to start blogging for Intel for their Stay With It initiative (staywithit.org). It’s a site that encourages students to stick with engineering tracks because there are so many opportunities in those fields. I released my first post on June 28th and it reached the executives of Intel! They read it and I even got contacted by a few. It was placed on the Intel employee portal and got 10,000 hits! Now people are passing me in the halls and recognizing me which is an insanely weird experience.
I came to a huge realization while I’ve been here. Being a contributor to a company or work group or even study group does not mean being the smartest of the bunch. You don’t have to be the most experienced or work the fastest. In fact, I’m no where near any of those things here. I’m humbled every day by the projects that go on around me. Giving a meaningful contribution to your experiences means going the extra mile and doing your best, as cliche as that might sound. Once I put my best foot forward in every way I could, everything just kind of fell into place.
I know this wasn’t the funniest or most exciting of blog posts, but I promise if you take what I said to heart, you just might find that your first internship or any job in the future can become a bigger experience than just sitting in front of a computer screen.
Your summer intern,
P.S. Check out the blog post here: http://staywithit.org/blog-entry/desk-meet-doorway