Sarah Maher is currently finishing up her last year as an undergraduate student at PSU’s School of Business Administration, and is set to graduate this December with a double emphasis in Human Resource Management and Management & Leadership. She is currently interning at Microchip Technology, and recently shared with us some of her experience, and the value and insights it has brought her in shaping her future.
Q: Who is Microchip? Tell us about them.
A: Microchip Technology is a manufacturing company in the semi-conductor industry. The company manufactures the small microchips that go into plenty of products that we use every day. Basically any item with an on/off switch contains a microchip.
Q: What in particular were you looking for in an internship?
A: I was looking to gain a real-world experience and apply my skills and knowledge to see how I fit into the position. I wanted to start building my experience in the field so that I had a head start when I graduated.
Q: What have you been doing or have enjoyed doing at your internship?
A: I spend a great deal of my time doing general administrative tasks, calling candidates, scheduling interviews, filing employee documents and tracking documentation. I have enjoyed building relationships with my co-workers and learning how to complete projects across departmental lines which requires a strong ability to communicate with a variety of people and job levels.
Q: How has your work as a Management major helped prepare you for your internship?
A: The material I am learning in Organizational Behavior has been most applicable this term because it relates so closely to dealing with people. I also use my critical thinking skills on a regular basis when researching topics such as legal requirements, publicity options, etc.
Q: What have you learned while at this internship?
A: I have learned that I do best in a fast-paced environment, one with variety in daily activities and with regular challenges for opportunities to grow. I know that I really like working with a team unit and checking in with them for advice.
Q: In what ways do you feel this experience will benefit you in the future?
A: I feel more prepared for what to expect in an HR department in the corporate world, and that has helped me gain perspective on what I am looking for in a career.
Q: What advice would you give other students considering an internship?
A: Have a good attitude and accept each task as a great opportunity on your path to success.
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