In this “Internship Experience” blog post series, we will be featuring the profile and thoughts of our students from Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management as they return from summer internships.
Name: Lindsay Sayour
Graduation Year: May 2021
Major: Marketing Management
Minor: Information Management and Technology
Hometown: Queens, NY
Intern Company/Title: Quantum Networks – Human Resources Intern
Describe your position and some of your daily tasks?
Over the summer, I interned at a company called Quantum Networks as their Human Resources Intern. Throughout my time there, I assisted the Human Resources Manager with recruitment, employee retention, best practice research and training opportunities. I created job descriptions for part-time and full-time positions to attract a targeted talent pool. Additionally, I wrote articles for executives within the company to be featured in business blogs and major publications.
How did you land your internship?
I applied to my internship on Handshake, had an in-person interview and landed the internship!
What did you learn from your internship experience?
From this experience, I learned the daily roles and responsibilities of the Human Resources Department and how to recruit candidates. I learned the power of making connections and how important a company’s culture is in recruiting and maintaining employees.
Has your experience changed your plans or career choice when you leave college?
This opportunity has allowed me to gain experience in an e-Commerce company, which is now an area I am greatly interested in working in post-graduation.
How will your internship experience help you after graduation?
This internship has allowed me to make connections with amazing people and additionally has given me many transferrable skills that I can apply to life moving forward. I was given great interview tips that I will always remember going forward in future interviews, as well as how to work with a diverse group of people.
How has the Whitman School prepared you for your internship?
Through the various courses I’ve taken at Whitman so far, I was able to confidently demonstrate the skills and information I’ve learned and apply it to my internship. The Career Center was very helpful in preparing me for a new job setting and my professors have also offered many tips for adapting to a new working environment.
What did you enjoy most about your experience?
I gained a lot of insight into recruitment and everything HR related to any job/company, which was so helpful. Additionally, at the end of my internship, my manager allowed me to sit in on interviews for candidates interviewing for future internships, which was a unique experience that I will never forget.
Do you have any advice to students who are looking for an internship?
For students looking for an internship, really read the job descriptions carefully to see if this is something you would be interested in doing and do not be afraid to step outside your comfort zone.