Sep 09 2014
Instead of relaxing by the pool and working on their tans, Avnet’s summer interns chose to trade in their sandals and swimsuits for dress shoes and suits this summer. More than 40 students from around the U.S. were hand selected to participate in Avnet’s competitive internship program. These interns were immediately put to work this summer and given real, hands-on business experience.
During their time with Avnet, the interns were presented with an optional contest, The Summer Intern Communications Challenge, where they were tasked to create either a video or written piece about their experiences this summer or offer advice to future interns.
The first place winner in the video category is Shelby Lemmon, an Event Management major from Iowa State University. Shelby spent the summer as a marketing intern with the HP Solutions group for Avnet Technology Solutions Americas. At her university, Shelby is very involved on campus as both a peer mentor and an executive member of her sorority. Shelby will be graduating in May 2015 and hopes to eventually come back and work for Avnet!
The first place winner in the written category is Karissa Ames, a Business and Sustainability major at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, with a minor in dance. This summer, Karissa worked as an intern for the customer operations and converged data solutions team for Avnet Technology Solutions Americas. Karissa will be graduating in May 2015, and plans to use the skills she has learned at Avnet in her future endeavors. Here is an excerpt from her winning entry:
“I am a student at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, studying business and sustainability. I’m an intern at Avnet this summer for the customer operations and converged and data solutions (CDS) team. Because I had such a fulfilling experience as an intern and recognize the benefits of the various opportunities available, I would like to share some advice with you, so you too can experience a successful internship this summer.
Tip #1: Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Broadening your abilities by venturing outside of your element can seem frightening and nerve-racking, but it can also be a rewarding experience. This internship is designed to challenge interns, develop their professional skills, and help them discover their unknown talents. These goals will not be accomplished if you choose to remain in a content state. The moment you walk through Avnet’s doors, release your mind of all fears that are holding you back from being the best that you can be. Never underestimate your abilities and don’t let your dreams perish in your comfort zone.”
Click here to read her entire submission
We’d like to thank all the interns who participated in this year’s summer program. If you are interested in working at Avnet, please visit our Careers page.
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