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.
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.
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.
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.
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.