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Six Ways to Impress Your Summer Interns

It’s mid-June, and summer interns have taken over your office. They’re excited, nervous, and desperately want to make a good impression.

As a full-time staffer, you should, too.

Interns, and apprentices, undoubtedly get a lot out of summer programs—work experience, professional connections, potentially a full-time position—and are ultimately responsible for the success of their summers. But the rest of the office can, and should, help them thrive. In the end, both summer and full-time staffers gain from the new professional relationship that will hopefully last throughout their careers.

I’m one of those summer staffers. I am working at Viget as a UX apprentice—a 10-week, industry-focused engagement that overlaps in part with Viget’s internship program. When I got the offer last spring, I was thrilled, but a bit nervous. I had completed several internships and worked full-time in the past, but an apprenticeship was new territory for me. I was also placed in Boulder, a city I had always loved from afar but never actually visited.

Turns out, I had nothing to worry about. My first week at Viget completely exceeded my expectations. Orientation activities were thoughtfully designed and well executed; full-time staffers went out of their way to make all of us feel included. The warm welcome left me with a wonderful first impression of Viget as a company and the folks who work here.

On behalf of all apprentices, interns, and summer newbies out there, here are six ways you can ensure your company leaves a lasting impression on us:


Introducing Viget’s Summer 2015 Interns!

It’s that time of year again: the interns are here!

For the fourth summer running, we’ve welcomed a cohort of college students into our offices for ten weeks. This year’s group consists of six men and women, hailing from as close (to our DC-based headquarters) as Arlington, VA, and as far as Taiwan. They arrived last week, and they've already participated in several of many internship traditions we’ve fostered over the years, like our Welcome Interns Happy Hour and our CEO’s Viget History Lesson.

We love the seasonal rhythm and traditions of our internship program but, at its core, it is designed to help students become our industry peers. We challenge them to raise their skills such that they can land highly competitive jobs across our industry—and, in turn, they challenge us to learn even more through teaching. Each intern studies with an Advisor to meet individual learning goals and, as a group, they collaborate with each other to build a group project. We can’t wait to see what they’ll learn and build this summer.

We’re thrilled to welcome our interns to Viget, and we’re thrilled to introduce them to you!

Falls Church

Haley Dobart

Libby Perold

Haley and Libby, holding up favorite objects they presented during the Intern Intros segment of our weekly all-staff meeting.

Durham

Athif Wulandana

Ian Tate

Ian and Athif enjoying our Welcome Interns Happy Hour at Bull City Burger in downtown Durham.

Boulder

Connor Lay

Lillian Liu

If you’re curious about our internship program or think you might apply in the future, we’d love to hear from you! Check out our internship page for general information, or drop us a line at internships@viget.com.

Lillian and Connor, sharing their daily walk to the Boulder office. 


Upcoming Refresh Boulder — The Maker Movement: Why It’s Cool & How To Get Started

Join Refresh Boulder for our next event — The Maker Movement: Why It's Cool & How To Get Started — on Thursday, June 25th at 6:00 PM.  Our presenters, Shawn Hymel and Alejandro Sangiovanni, will share their perspectives on the maker movement, as well as some advice on how you can get started with your own hardware and electronics projects.   

Shawn Hymel is a Creative Engineer at Sparkfun Electronics.  Sparkfun was born and raised in Boulder and is one of the most popular online destinations for makers to learn about and purchase DIY electronics.  

Alejandro Sangiovanni is in Business Development at Aleph Objects.  Aleph Objects is the maker of the popular LulzBot line of 3D printers.  

The evening kicks off at 6:00 PM with pizza, beer, and some good old-fashioned mingling followed by presentations and conversation.  

All of the official details

What: Refresh Boulder

When: Thursday, June 25th at 6:00PM

Where: Galvanize, 1035 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 

Why: To come together and refresh the creative, technical, and professional aspects of our trades.  

RSVP: Please RSVP on our Meetup Page

We look forward to seeing you there!


Forever a Maker

Over 20 years ago my Dad and I built a bottle rocket launcher. He was an engineer, I loved Legos, and on one weekend after the 4th of July we found ourselves busy with tools in our utility room. There was measuring and drilling, and we eventually emerged with a 2"x4” riddled with holes just large enough for bottle rocket stems to rest in. We simply swiss-cheesed a scrap piece of wood, but in the process we formed memories that I’ll never forget. This was one moment, among a childhood full of moments, where I was able to say “I made this”.

Today, we have a name for the people that are passionate about creating things. We call them “makers,” and they look a lot like you and me. The Maker Movement, a term coined in 2005, is in full swing. Maker Culture continues to evolve, represented in everything from the DIY home improvement craze to new approaches to best practices in education. The movement celebrates tinkering, hacking, writing, building, crafting, and general creating, and brings makers together in real life at incredible, inspiring events. Since 2006, Maker Faires have been the quintessential “festivals of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.” This past weekend, at the first ever National Maker Faire in Washington, D.C., Viget hosted a booth. I was thrilled to participate by running our booth and representing Viget.