Internships have become an integral part of the college experience, spanning the length of most students junior and senior years! In an effort to broaden classroom teachings into the business world, it is encouraged to accept roles in industries both within your major and without. Following the guidance of his school, Oakland University, Ryan Smith began exploring opportunities and was immediately attracted to E&L Global Communication’s Human Resources internship! Despite his major in communications, Ryan knew 4 months immersed in HR would be sure to prepare him for graduation. What better way to improve his people skills and confidence in communications than to represent employees in the workplace?
Fast forward through his interview process (obviously he aced it!), and Ryan was offered an internship back in August that would come to shape him professionally in more ways than one! As his time in the office comes to an end, we’ve asked him to reflect on his 4 months with us and share what truly differentiates E&L’s HR role from being another coffee fetching, errand running internship!
Ok, Ryan, how did you come to hear about this internship?!
I saw the job ad on LinkedIn when browsing for HR internships in the area. It immediately caught my attention and once I went and checked out the website and social media pages I knew I had to apply.
Out of all of your interviews, what made you accept this opportunity?
I really enjoyed the culture and atmosphere E&L Global Communications had to offer. From the moment I walked in the lobby, all the way through my interview with Suzanne, I knew that this was the place for me. They made me feel very welcomed and seemed to value the talents that I could help bring to the company. During my interview it was also discussed that the internship was based a lot on the individual and they were very open to giving experience in many different areas, which was very important to me.
What is the biggest lesson you’re taking away from this experience?
The biggest lesson I have learned from this experience is to take initiative. Things aren’t going to happen by just sitting around. You have to be proactive about your work by asking questions and doing your own research. You determine your own path!
How have you developed into a better professional and communicator?
I feel like I have developed a lot as a professional since starting my internship. I want to thank Suzanne and Meshak for taking me under their wing and being mentors throughout the whole process. They have both taught me to take accountability for my work, leadership, and goal setting. All of these skills will be very important when making the transition from student to professional.
What are your plans for after this internship?
I plan to finish up school strong and graduate in April! After graduation I am still deciding if I want to go and get my Master’s.
Lastly, Ryan, what was your favorite moment from this semester?
I would definitely have to say the career fair! I was given the opportunity to plan an entire campus and career fair visit from start to finish and really took a lot of pride and ownerhsip in how it turned out. It was a blast and nice to see all the hard work turn into such a success! I’m glad I could go out and help represent such a great company. It was a great cherry on top of an already successful semester.
Though we write with heavy hearts knowing Ryan’s internship has ended, we’re so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such an ambitious and respectful young man. Ryan is the ideal addition to any growing company, and contributed to our firm’s culture with his positivity and work ethic. Embodying his favorite quote the entire semester, “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard” we are so confident in the accomplishments he is sure to have after graduation. E&L Global Communications thanks you for everything, Ryan!