The summer internship. Often seen as an important milestone during a student’s collegiate career where they gain relevant skills, hands-on experience, and invaluable mentorship from senior leaders at a company they intend to build their career at.
I should emphasize the “hands-on experience” piece, as the internship as a whole most commonly occurs on the premise of said company. But not this year. Due to the to the unprecedented situation with COVID-19, about 80% of employers nationwide were forced to make changes to their internship programs—according to a National Association of Colleges and Employers survey of more than 400 companies.
At Salesforce, we reimagined our global Futureforce Summer Intern Program into a virtual format for our more than than 700 interns—in every segment of our business across the globe.
Transforming this experience required more than just transitioning to a videoconferencing app; it requires doubling-down on our communication, enablement, opportunities to connect, and of course, a whole lotta team work. Here’s a look at how we’re trying to ensure our interns don’t just have a great summer—but rather the best summer ever.