S. Somasegar is the corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. Learn more about Somasegar.
As spring gets underway in full form, as the school season is getting over and as the kids start their summer break, as we see more glorious weather in Seattle, one very interesting thing that I personally look forward to is the start of the summer internship season at Microsoft.
The teams across Microsoft are gearing up to welcome a group of college interns (some returning and some new). To me, summer internship is a great 2-way “get to know each other” opportunity between the student and the community. From our side, this is an opportunity to ensure that the intern experience is rich and meaningful while providing the hiring teams the necessary information to identify passionate people who are interested in using software to solve problems and frankly the future leaders of our company. We also want to make sure that the intern assesses if he or she would find the team and the company a good fit in terms of skills, opportunities and career goals.
Here are a few things that I tell all the leads and managers in my division that we need to do so to enable the interns to have a rich experience when they are with us.
As a company, we want to make sure that we continue to invest in the people who will drive our growth and innovation. As I mentioned before, today’s interns are tomorrow’s potential leaders in the company. We also want to identify the individuals who possess personal and professional integrity, passion for the technology, and who can extend these core values into our customer and partner relationships. For the interns, the obvious benefits include the hands-on learning, a chance to meet other people with similar interests from around the country (in some cases around the world) and a chance to get to know Microsoft and the kinds of impact they can potential make by being a part of this company.
I am personally looking forward to meeting and getting to know some of the interns that are going to be a part of my team and Microsoft.