Four Reasons I Brag About My Code42 Internship

As part of our growing organizational needs, the Code42 Talent team kicked off the company’s first-ever formalized internship program this summer. Our first cohort of interns have been building on their education and skills in two of our offices: Headquarters in Minneapolis and our Broomfield, Colorado location. 

The goal of the Code42 Internship Program is for our selected interns to have the most fulfilling experiential learning experience, while working with some of the greatest minds in the technology industry. Our three core principles of the program are: 

  • To provide a substantive and challenging professional experience
  • To provide strong training and orientation
  • To provide robust evaluation with real time feedback; guidance, coaching and mentoring; and program evaluations

The biggest unwritten goal and principle was to do all of those things with a healthy dose of comradery and fun. So what is it like to be a part of this program and to work at Code42? Follow Erin Swensen for a glimpse inside a day in the life of a Code42 intern.

You betcha, this place is beautiful!

The Minneapolis view from Code42

Code42 recently moved to a new headquarters in the Washington Square building in downtown Minneapolis, and it’s evident this move has cultivated the company’s role in making Minneapolis an attractive place for tech to grow. I mean, just look at this place – how could I not enjoy coming to work every day? And that doesn’t even include the many great spots for lunch and happy hours. Trust me, it’s been dangerous for both my bank account and the scale at home.

Throughout my summer here, I have stumbled upon great spots beyond my desk where I can work without interruption, meet a coworker or even take a nap. I’ve loved the chance to get away from my desk, stretch my legs and find new views on a daily basis.

So what’s saved my bank account?

Code42 offers a wall dedicated to snacks and every flavor of LaCroix you could ever want. I never really understood the LaCroix bandwagon, but since working here I’ve become a full-fledged, LaCroix-drinking, no-shame bandwagoner (Mango is my fav!).

While we’re on the topic of bandwagons – here’s a shameless plug to back up your data. You’ll thank me later!

Wait – I got paid to volunteer?

Throughout the summer, a handful of events were planned for the interns. My favorite event was the day spent volunteering at Second Harvest Heartland. One of Code42’s values is to leave the world a better place. What better way to do that than spend the day packing meals with my coworkers? As someone who shares this value, I found it to be incredibly motivating as a Code42 employee. It’s easy to get caught up in life’s daily fast paced activities and forget the bigger picture.

Code42 Volunteer Day

Second on my list was the Minnesota Twins game, and honestly with the view we have, we could have watched the game from the office! This opportunity allowed me to meet more Code42 employees outside of my department and spend time out of the office with my manager, Amy.

Speaking of Amy, I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed working for her. Not only is she a phenomenal leader, but she really follows Code42’s value: Get it done and do it right. The team I work under is small, but filled with hard-working goofballs who truly believe in the success of Code42. It doesn’t hurt that they share in my obsessions with Game of Thrones, obscure food network shows and finding the perfect GIF.

Why did I choose Code42?

This internship opportunity has allowed me to not only build my confidence, but also my professional network. As a newly graduated adult taking my first steps into the “real world,” it has been great working for a company where I have the opportunity to be involved in a multitude of projects while working across teams with people who also value hard work, positive intent, and paying it forward.

About the Author: Erin Swensen is a May 2017 graduate from the University of St. Thomas. She graduated with a degree in Business Communications and hopes to pursue a career in communications. 

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