Sep 09 2014

Avnet Interns Showcase Their Skills

Published by under Community Relations

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.

Shelby Lemmon

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!

Karissa Ames

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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Mar 18 2014

Avnet Tech Games Alumni Returns This Year

Published by under General Interest

It’s that time of year again—the Avnet Tech Games are almost here! Students nationwide are racing to sign up to compete in this year’s games and have the chance to win scholarship money and network with community business leaders. For me, the best part about being involved in the Avnet Tech Games is seeing how this event has impacted students’ lives and better prepared them for the workforce. One story in particular I wanted to share is about T.J. Wey, a recently hired employee at Avnet, and an Avnet Tech Games Alumni.

T.J. first enrolled in the Avnet Tech Games during her freshman year at Arizona State University through a club she joined called the Department of Information Systems Club (DISC). Two DISC officers introduced T.J. to the Avnet Tech Games and invited her to participate on their team her freshman year. T.J. ended up competing in the Avnet Tech Games all four years of college, and even received a scholarship her first year competing. T.J. went on to become an officer of DISC and actively promoted the Avnet Tech Games to her fellow club members.

Since graduating last year, T.J. has become a full-time Avnet employee working as an associate project manager for the IT department and has been traveling around the world in her new role. T.J. says having the Avnet Tech Games on her resume was definitely a plus when it came to interviewing for an internship and then eventually getting a permanent position. T.J. also uses a lot of the skills she picked up from the Avnet Tech Games in her current position. This year, the roles will be reversed and T.J. will be volunteering at the Avnet Tech Games and helping with the networking hour, where students and professionals have the chance to mingle.
It makes me proud to work for a company that is so involved within the community and invested in preparing the next generation to enter the workforce. I believe it speaks volumes of the Avnet Tech Games that students, like T.J., have come back to compete year-after-year.
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Mar 11 2014

Opportunity Knocks—Are You Ready?

Guest blog by Ruth Laviolette, HR manager

You don’t get many opportunities as a student to be face-to-face with business leaders, but on April 12, the Avnet Tech Games give students a chance to network with business leaders from Avnet and IT suppliers such as HP, EMC and Cisco. Avnet is the largest publicly traded company in Arizona with more than 18,000 employees globally.  It’s also #117 on the Fortune 500 and for the past nine years, Avnet has hosted the Tech Games and awarded approximately $260,000 in scholarships to winning teams.

Here’s your opportunity:

The 9th Annual Avnet Tech Games takes place April 12, 2014 at The University of Advancing Technology, Tempe, Ariz.  There’s still time to register for the Games and the public is invited to witness students applying what they’ve learned in the classroom to real-world situations.

If you register, you’ll have an opportunity to network with business leaders and as an HR manager, I want to share some tips to help you prepare:

  • Social Media: Google yourself and make sure that you don’t have any pictures or posts you don’t want your grandma/pa to see.
  • Update your LinkedIn page to highlight your skills, experience, certifications and projects.
  • Network: Your LinkedIn profile is updated (hint!), so you will be prepared to network all about yourself.
  • Have an elevator pitch.  What sets you apart from others? What do you want business leaders to remember about you? Research questions to ask.
  • Follow up: You never know where a connection will take you in the present/future, so ask for a business card or to link in.

Make the most of this great opportunity to shine, set yourself apart and have fun!

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Feb 17 2014

EM Creates Smiles in Providence

Published by under Uncategorized

At any given time, the Providence House in Cleveland, Ohio, provides emergency shelter services to 12 to 20 children who are dealing with a crisis situation. In the spirit of the holidays and giving, the Avnet Electronics Marketing (EM) team in Cleveland helped some of the current and future residents by donating $990 and three bags of new clothes to the Providence House.
According to Shari Welton, EM sales and marketing representative, Avnet was among the local businesses and families to donate to the Providence House.  ”When we walked in the front door, we saw a floor filled with gifts and bags of donated items. It was nice to learn that Avnet’s holiday donations along with all the others will sustain the shelter’s needs for the upcoming year,” says Welton. “Even though it’s been a tough year for the economy, people have still been very generous. I’m proud that our team contributed to this organization’s worthy cause.”


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Dec 12 2013

Avnet Supports Typhoon Haiyan Victims

On November 7, 2013, the largest tropical cyclone ever recorded hit the Philippines and devastated thousands of people. I, myself, found it very hard to watch the news and see the aftermath that Typhoon Haiyan left for the people of Southeast Asia. My first reaction to this devastating event was—how can I help?

Well, Avnet wasted no time and quickly began raising money for the disaster victims. To show their support, Avnet employees from around the world donated money via the Avnet Red Cross microsite. Avnet also made a commitment to match employee donations dollar for dollar, once employees collectively donated $10,000 or more. In the end, the total amount raised through employee donations was $10,505, triggering a $10,505 matching donation from Avnet. That made a grand total of $21,010 being donated to help all those who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

It feels great to work for a company that truly cares and is dedicated to helping others, especially in the wake of such a terrible tragedy. So, a BIG thank you to all of those who were involved in this relief effort!


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