by Tom Sanders
Research Intern, Higher Education
As a recent graduate, I have had many internships over the past four years. I have worked for a local political campaign, lived overseas for three months interning at the U.S. Department of State, and spent a full semester in D.C. working for a think-tank. While I enjoyed my work at all of these organizations, I was always aware that I was “just” an intern, doing different work from the full-time staff. I can say without hesitation that my current position as a Research Intern at Hanover is a completely different experience.
During my first week, the other interns and I were given the same training as new full-time researchers. Even though we are interns, we learned Hanover’s policies and practices for the full array of research projects. I really enjoyed being treated as a full member of the team right away, and it made me feel as though Hanover really valued my contributions.
Interns here certainly do not run errands or make coffee (there’s a machine for that!). By the end of the first week, I had already been placed on a research team. I began handling smaller portions of full reports for researchers and Content Directors. I have only been here a month, but I have already had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects, from literature reviews to survey analyses. I have also been able to talk with team leaders about what type of projects interest me the most and attend further training and professional development sessions to increase my skills.
There is also no shortage of chances to interact with my co-workers. There is a group lunch in the main kitchen just about every day. The company has also taken full advantage of the World Cup season, throwing parties to celebrate big games. Many employees are not that much older than I am, so it is easy to find common ground and strike up a conversation. Everyone has been friendly, welcoming, and willing to help if I have any questions about what I should be doing.
I have learned a lot this first month – and had a lot of fun too!