Internship Update 3: What is life like as an intern? Are you meeting other interns? What types of social activities have you participated in? What are some things the company/site has done to make you feel part of the team?
The office that I am working at is very small so there is only one other intern with me. Her name is Dina and she goes to ODU. I have really enjoyed getting to know Dina and have appreciated having another person to go through this journey with. Dina and I were able to collaborate on projects and participate in activities together. I also meet with the other claims interns who work in our locations in Texas, Colorado, Tampa, and Phoenix on a weekly basis via skype. We are all currently working on a end of the year project that we will present to executives in two weeks! Dealing with different time zones and schedules among the offices is difficult but it has taught me how to effectively communicate with others online.
USAA is big on team bonding and networking. They offer several different forms of social activities. For example, Dina, my managers, and I all went to Top Golf today. We went into the office for half of the day then headed over to Virginia Beach to eat and play some golf. It was nice to be rewarded for the hard work that we have done and it was great to socialize with my managers in a more laid-back environment. We also volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club this week which was a lot of fun. Giving back to our local community was very rewarding. Throughout the past eight weeks, USAA has gone above and beyond to make me feel part of the team. From getting me a birthday cake to inviting me to weekend trips with my team, they have been so welcoming and inclusive.