Human Resources intern David Alter shares his internal perspective. He shares his experience being the team leader of a video project that was to be presented at a company-wide meeting. Here is his experience:
“Ever have an experience where you genuinely were not sure where to go or where to start? Having worked with a group of interns for Summer 2013 at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, I know the feeling well. At first, it was just an internship; something to do over the summer or in my case, something to explore in a new field of business. My situation was a little different than most of the interns. Having been a few years out of college the career change was certainly an experience in itself. I came into the program a few months earlier as I was attending Hofstra part time for the last couple of years in their MBA program. Still, I was nervous that I would be one of the much older interns.
One of the better experiences I had over the course of the summer was the experience of developing an intern video for the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM kickoff meeting. Each year, the company hosts a kickoff meeting to begin the new fiscal year, share the past year’s successes and goals for the next year. Having been my first true corporate experience at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, we were not sure how to execute the video. As a result, I approached the video production experience as I did any other experience; as an adventure!
My group (having been elected team leader) shared both ideas and initial feelings of nervousness but the best experience we shared was getting the job done. Working with the team, it was my responsibility to delegate a lot of the ‘scenes’ and functions, and we could not have worked better as a team. For someone who was used to a true team environment, I was so glad I was able to find that at the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM internship program. I am excited for next year’s team, and the ‘adventures’ that await us all!”
- David Alter, Human Resources Intern, Hofstra University MBA