I love summer! Growing up on the East Coast, it warmed up a lot later than it does here in the Bay Area, but I was still so excited when it finally arrived! Summer meant green grass, long days, warm nights (with fireflies, aka lightning bugs!), and so many new adventures!
These days, as a CHRO, I love summer for a new reason: The fresh perspective of hundreds of interns who bring their ideas to companies like ours. Unfortunately, because of the coronavirus pandemic, this summer also brings a lot of uncertainty. So much that many intern programs have been cancelled.
I‘m so happy to say that we at ServiceNow will globally welcome approximately 360 new summer interns beginning in May to work across our entire business. Just like the rest of our 11,000+ employees, our interns will work remotely. (And get full benefits!) We’ve created a digital onboarding process and virtual, purpose-built activities that will give them as much great work experience as they would’ve gotten being on campus. They’ll be able to participate in video speaker series with members of our executive leadership team (including me!!), as well as virtual hackathons, and they’ll have access to LinkedIn Learning online to further grow their careers. Plus, we’re teaching managers how to help their interns adjust to a digital work life, in addition to helping build the work skills they’ll need.
We can do digital internships because we are a digital workflow company. We’re putting the power of our own Now Platform to work to create an amazing digital experience for our interns, to keep their productivity up, and to make them feel like part of our team. I am so proud and humbled by the many teams committed to making this internship experience the best yet!
I’ve already received notes from members of our 2020 intern class. Caroline Parkinson, a 2021 expected graduate of the University of Michigan, is an intern who will be joining ServiceNow's corporate communications team. She shared that “ServiceNow saved my summer. Without their digital intern program, I would have had to scramble to find a new summer job. Knowing that ServiceNow is determined to make my internship as enriching as possible during this uncertain time only reaffirms my decision to join this incredible company.”
They’re so excited to join us.
They’re not worried about not meeting people face-to-face. They’re committed to making the best of their summer, and so are we!!
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