Intern Virtual Volunteering Session
One of Salesforce’s core values is equality, which shows through the diversity of their workforce. I grew up in America, surrounded by people from different backgrounds and ethnicities so I know I have always wanted to work somewhere that emulates this inclusivity. One of the perks of an online internship is that I am working with interns from all over EMEA, rather than Ireland alone. We have been able to share recipes, music, and cultures from each of our home countries - something I would not have had as much exposure to had my internship been in-person.
3. Every Day is Different
One question everyone seems to ask about a job is “what does a typical day look like?”. In this program, no day looks the same. One of the things I like the most about this job is the freedom and responsibility we have. Some days, I may only have one or two meetings, which gives me the rest of the day to work on my project, partake in our bi-weekly coffee chats, volunteer and so on. Other days, I may have back-to-back meetings, which means I have less time to work on other tasks. The key is to plan out your week and balance what needs to be done so you can be productive and get the most out of your time.
What I want to Complete in the Final 2 Weeks of my Internship
I am eager to fulfill the goals of my V2MOM (Visions, Values, Methods, Obstacles, Measures) before I finish up. I am excited to continue working on my project so by the end we have a finished Storytelling Program ready for implementation. I would also like to get my Salesforce Administration Certification, complete 10 volunteer hours, and strengthen my relations with my managers and fellow interns.
Tips on Applying for an Internship at Salesforce
If you are interested in applying for an internship at Salesforce there are three main tips I would offer:
1. Use Your Network
Connections are so helpful. If you know someone who works at Salesforce reach out to them on LinkedIn and ask for 15 minutes of their time to learn more about the interview process, the company and so on. LinkedIn also has a feature that allows you to search by company and then filter by school so you can find alumni from your college who now work at Salesforce and connect with them. Make sure to include a note introducing yourself and what you would like to talk to them about.
2. Make Sure Your Values Align
Salesforce’s core values are Trust, Customer Success, Innovation, and Equality. Before you apply, you should ask yourself if your personal values align with these and with Salesforce’s culture as a whole. Part of the interview process is them checking that you would be a good cultural fit with the company. If your values don't align, not only will you likely not be a good match for the company but the company won’t be a good match for you.
3. Do your Research
Before you apply, research what Salesforce is, what they do, and what they stand for. A great way to do this is with Trailhead. Also check out Salesforce’s website, customer stories, and social media pages (follow Marc Benioff on Twitter). Researching the company will help you ace your interview but will also help you figure out if Salesforce is where you want to work.
I am excited for the second half of my internship as I have thoroughly enjoyed the last four weeks and am in awe of how quickly they have gone by…
After all, time flies when you’re having fun!
You can learn more about opportunities available to interns and new grads at Salesforce on our Futureforce website.