Finals were over and the stress of deadlines and review sessions had passed. It was summer time and relaxation 101 was about to start! Well, that is unless you were an Avnet Summer Intern! More than 30 individuals from around the U.S. were hand selected to participate in Avnet’s competitive program. Students majoring in finance, supply chain, marketing, engineering, journalism and a slew of other specializations traded in their sandals and swim trunks for dress shoes and suits.
During their time with Avnet, the interns were presented with an optional blogging competition where they were tasked to creatively blog about their experience. A panel of judges would select the top entries to be featured on Avnet’s various blogs and/or publications and if their entry was selected, they would also receive a monetary incentive (aka, a prize).
This week’s featured Summer Avnet Intern blog comes from Alexandra Eldridge, a Marketing major at the University of Oklahoma. This was Alexandra’s second summer as an intern with the TS Marketing team in Tempe, Arizona. At her university, Alexandra serves as the president of the American Marketing Association OU Collegiate Chapter and has been honored on the Price College of Business Dean’s Honor Roll. Alexandra will be graduating in May 2014 and hopes to eventually come back and work for Avnet!
Check out Alexandra’s blog below:
I have listened to fellow students’ internship experiences at my university, and Avnet truly has one of the finest overall internship programs, based on their feedback.
One of my many favorite parts of the summer internship program is the emphasis on community relations. Having had the opportunity to return for a second summer as an intern in the TS Marketing department, I have had the privilege of serving twice at the St. Mary’s Food Bank with the rest of the intern class. Not only did this promote team-bonding amongst the interns, but it also helped us apply some of Avnet’s core values we had been learning all week. Integrity and teamwork especially come to mind.
This year, working at the food bank struck a special chord with me.
I go to school at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. Norman is a suburb of Oklahoma City along with the town of Moore.
On May 20, 2013, the relatively small town of Moore was hit with an EF5 tornado that was over 2 miles wide and reached wind speeds of over 200 miles per hour. This just happened to be the very first day of my orientation week here at Avnet.
During the lunch break on that first day, I casually checked my twitter and started to see horrifying tweets of this massive tornado. I rushed home after work and streamed the local news to find out that many establishments, such as, the movie theater my friends and I drove to periodically, were completely demolished.
On top of that, there was news of children trapped in an elementary school. Moore is about eight miles from my college campus and I was very worried about my friends and sorority sisters, many of whom lived in Moore. Fortunately, no one I personally knew was hurt by the tornado. This did not stop my overwhelming feeling of sadness and willingness to do anything I could to help.
The people at Avnet also seem to embody the same spirit. I saw an email from COMM, ATS that showed how co-workers could easily contribute to the tornado relief effort. I heard many people indicate their intention to do so. Avnet responds and helps!
Three days after the Moore tornado was the day we volunteered at the St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix. Over a thousand miles away from my home, I was able to give back to my home state and the college community I have grown to love. The intern class worked nonstop through the afternoon to put together care packages, many of which were being sent to Moore in efforts to help the families who lost everything. As an intern class, we packed more palettes of food than any other group that has ever volunteered at St. Mary’s Food Bank.
This is just one example of how much Avnet instills the value of volunteerism and giving back to the community in its employees. Avnet Cares is a great example of an incredible charitable program.
Last summer, I was astounded to find out that Avnet not only encourages its employees to volunteer, but Avnet actually established the “Volunteer Time” program where employees can take one paid day off per calendar year to volunteer during regularly scheduled work hours.
Other activities that have really impressed me were the diaper drive that was going on when the internship program began and the “jeans week” which helped buy supplies for elementary school students.
Finally the “Dollars for Doers” Avnet Cares Program really impressed me. It is incredible that Avnet has committed to contribute $10 for each hour of nonprofit service, up to $800 dollars. If that is not an example of spectacular corporate responsibility, I don’t know what is.
I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to intern at a company with such strong values. Being able to give back to Oklahoma, even though I am living many miles away for the summer, meant so much to me. Throughout my time at Avnet and through the Avnet Cares program, if there is one thing I have learned, it is that it really does “feel good to do good.” This would be much harder to do if my company did not share the same attitude – thanks, Avnet!