by Mabel Shiu
Ready Set Go
This summer I am a finance intern working with Generic Pharmaceuticals at Cardinal Health’s corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ohio. Having an all-day orientation as my first day at Cardinal Health eased my nerves about starting my first internship at the headquarters of a very large company; I met approximately 20 other interns, toured both campuses, and had lunch with my manager.
Take the Initiative
Over the next few days, I meet with my mentor over lunch, had a conference call with my intern advisor (a recent graduate participating in the rotational EMERGE program), and reconnected with several IU alumni who I met during recruiting. I’m really glad that I took the initiative to set up lunch meetings with people on my team and IU alumni to ask questions and learn more about the company because hearing their advice and perspectives were priceless. My manager and I also discussed our expectations for the summer before jumping into my first project for the summer; consolidating Excel databases to increase efficiency. Overall, I was overwhelmed by the welcoming company culture of Cardinal Health, and everyone’s willingness to lend a hand despite their busy schedule.
I’ve been told countless times that this summer interning will be my best summer yet. In addition to already applying what I’ve learned in the classroom and experiencing the corporate world hands-on, I’m having fun connecting with other interns. I’ve gotten to know interns through planned events (bowling, dinners, movie nights, community service, etc) as well as exploring the city of Columbus together on the weekends. I’m looking forward to meeting all of the 60+ interns who will eventually be in Columbus this summer.
* The views expressed in this blog post are those of an intern and does not necessarily represent Cardinal Health.