My Internship Experience

4.0
Position title
Organization Development Coordinator (Human Resources Intern)
Work term type
Internship
What was your monthly salary (before taxes)?
3,001 to 3,500
How long was your work term?
16 months
Where did the internship/co-op take place?
Hamilton, Ontario
Work industry
Human Resources
Faculty
Business

Work review

With reflection, was your first day well-structured and organized? 
Very impressed
Did the on-the-job training allow you to be successful in your role?
Very helpful
Was your work challenging and engaging?
Loved coming to work
The projects you worked on, did they give you valuable experience toward your career goals?
Very helpful
What did you like best about your internship/co-op? What type of work were you doing?

The thing I loved most about my internship was the support and guidance I received from my co-workers. It was because everybody was willing to answer questions, give me guidance, and share advice with me, that I was able to learn as much as I did (both hard and soft skills).

The work I did consisted of coordinating leadership development programs, supporting change management initiatives, helping to develop e-learning courses, and planning employee engagement initiatives such as "Development Days" and holiday parties, among other things.

What did you like least about your internship/co-op?

The thing I liked least about my internship was the amount of change that happened during my work term. During the course of my internship my manager changed, my team was relocated to a different building, and the HR department began a department-wide transformation, among other changes. It became a bit of a challenge to adjust to change after change, although I recognize that frequent changes are to be expected regardless of what aspect of the business you are supporting. Even though it was a challenge, it taught me how to cope better with ambiguity and uncertainty.

Manager experience

Did your manager(s) provide you with support and coaching to be effective in your role?
Regularly
Did you receive clear and actionable feedback from your manager(s) during your work term?
Regularly
Did you feel comfortable asking your manager(s) questions, when needed?
Open door policy
Feedback to management about the internship/co-op program: 

I felt that my internship was a wonderful experience. I appreciated the open door policy and the willingness of management to answer any questions I had. I always felt supported and that made a significant impact on how much I was able to learn during my time.

Social experience

To what degree did the team make you feel welcome, included and valued?
Like family
How often were there opportunities to participate in social activities with your colleagues?
All the time
Describe the office environment/culture.

The office environment was one of my favourite aspects of my internship. My colleagues felt like family and they cared about me as a person more than just me as an employee. There were a lot of social activities for our department including holiday parties, celebratory lunches, and other outings. This made it very easy to become close with my department and really made me feel like I was a valued member of the team.

What are the benefits/perks of working here?
Company gym Employee discounts/rewards Paid vacation time Social activities Volunteering day

Final notes

Did the internship/co-op experience match what was described in the job listing and interview?
Regularly
Would you recommend this internship/co-op to a friend?
Probably
Would you work at this employer full-time if offered a job?
Probably
Why did you choose this employer for your internship/co-op?
Reputation Recommendation Work types Cultural fit Location
Advice to future interns applying to this company? 

My advice to future interns would be to leave competition and ego at the door when entering AMD. This workplace is extremely collaborative and in order to fit in with the culture, you need to be patient, willing to help others, and a team player. This is not the workplace to try and be better than everybody else or have a "my way is best" mentality - it is the workplace where questions are welcomed, people take the time to help others, and everybody works together.