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working happy | internship program NEW INTERN PROGRAM A SUCCESS 30 STUDENTS 8 DEPARTMENTS 1 SUMMER IN EARLY JUNE, 30 college students arrived at our Corporate Services office in San Ramon, Calif., as part of our first formal internship program. While they came from different backgrounds and schools, they shared the desire to learn new skills — and offer their ideas. “The goal of the internship program was to give college students the opportunity to develop new skills and build professional relationships,” said recruiter Colleen Tanaka, who worked with the Robert Half interns from their first phone interviews to their final presentations. In addition to working with their assigned departments, interns attended workshops on business etiquette and 28 HALF TIMES

internship program | working happy “Once I began to understand the terminology, everything became more comfortable.” – RACHEL BUCKNER “My biggest challenge was adapting to the corporate lifestyle.” – BRENT RIVERA presentation skills, a brunch with company executives and other events. Just like in school, they couldn’t graduate without completing a final project: presentations describing their experience at Robert Half. Interns’ summer assignments were no easy “A.” They were given meaningful work and achieved visible results. “Managers were impressed with the creative ideas the interns brought to the team, and the interns were excited by the types of projects they were able to work on,” said Heather McCullough, talent acquisition program manager. Here’s what some of the interns had to say about their time here: “I enjoyed working on tasks that allowed me to fully immerse myself,” said Madeline Mahoney, a senior at the University of Miami who interned in the Human Resources department. “People were willing to listen to my ideas, and it’s empowering to be able to speak up and be respected as an intern.” Breanna Lee, an operational support technology intern from the University of California, Irvine, said the best advice she received while at Robert Half was “not to be afraid to ask questions.” She feels that, by taking this to heart, she could fully understand her projects and share her ideas. Corporate Communications intern Becca Kefer, a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, found a new career field to pursue. “Before this internship, my focus had been on marketing,” she said. “While here, I discovered a passion for public relations and learned a lot about how a large corporation operates.” Of course, the interns’ time wasn’t without its challenges, particularly the adjustment from college campus to large company. “My biggest challenge was adapting to the corporate lifestyle,” said Brent Rivera, a Protiviti Field Service Center revenue department intern from Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga. He credits his team with helping him adjust and supporting him throughout the nine-week program. “There was a bit of a learning curve in the beginning,” said interactive technology services intern Rachel Buckner, a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. “Once I began to understand the terminology, everything became more comfortable.” The interns also formed bonds with full-time staff and each other. Emily Garbutt, a social media marketing intern and a student at the University of Alabama, appreciated the solid relationship she developed with her supervisor, social media manager Jennifer Corbridge. “She taught me more than I ever thought I would learn, and I feel much more prepared to enter the working world,” Emily said. Blair Henderson, a senior at Arizona State University who interned for interactive technology services, said, “It’s been fun forming friendships with other interns.” Many of them ate lunch together, collaborated on projects and made plans to hang out after work. Senior manager of talent acquisition Kim Thomas said, “My favorite part of the internship program was seeing the students learn new and different skills. Feedback has been amazingly positive from both students and managers.” “Feedback has been amazingly positive from both students and managers.” KIM THOMAS, senior manager, talent acquisition HALF TIMES 29