4. Plethora of opportunities for professional development
One of the core skills of any good Product Marketer is solid presentation skills. Salesforce PMMs are known to be top-notch in the industry, as seen during their presentations at big events like Dreamforce. I knew this was a skill I actively wanted to improve, and I’ve been surprised with the endless opportunities to do so — ranging from expert training sessions to presenting in front of 200+ sales executives all around the globe! I’m also looking forward to presenting for Intern Demo Day and to the entire Marketing Cloud PMM org this week.
5. Strong culture & leadership
Salesforce’s strong Ohana (“family” in Hawaiian) culture was one of the many reasons why Salesforce was my top choice. Led by visionary and pioneer of cloud computing, Marc Benioff, I’ve been impressed at how his leadership emanates throughout the company. I was instantly drawn to the company’s mission-driven focus with not only Salesforce.org but also their 1-1-1 philanthropic model, which gives 1% Salesforce product, 1% equity and 1% of employees’ time to philanthropic causes. Interns even receive 56 hours of volunteer time off (VTO); on Friday, I led a VTO activity with non-profit, TechGirlz! Oh, and did I mention that one of my favorite artists, Alicia Keys, performed live during one of our weekly meetings?!
6. Endless opportunities to build lasting relationships
We’ve all had to overcome the challenges of virtual work, but I’m amazed by everyone’s willingness to connect over virtual coffee chats — even at the SVP level! So far, I’ve already met one-on-one with 50+ members of the Ohana. After having various conversations with individuals across the company, I’ve come to better understand how aligned all team members are in accomplishing Salesforce's overall mission. Learning about my colleagues’ personal career journeys and perspectives has opened my eyes to the endless opportunities that exist within the company.
My twelve weeks at Salesforce have gone by quickly, and as I reflect on my internship — and those I met along my journey — this only reaffirms my decision to intern at this great company. I can also unequivocally state that because of the various opportunities I was provided throughout the summer, I will be leaving as a more well-rounded and confident professional than when I started. Most of all, I am extremely grateful for my expanded Ohana and the lifelong relationships I have developed.
You can learn more about opportunities available to interns and new grads at Salesforce on our Futureforce website.