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From Intern to Full Time: Danielle G.

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What was your favorite part about the internship experience?
My favorite part of my internship was getting to know my fellow interns. We had a lot of different professional development events, including meeting senior leadership at Medidata. We even got to present our intern projects to Glen de Vries, the co-CEO, which was an amazing experience to have as an intern. 

How would you describe the transition from working as an intern to working full time?
My transition was smooth—I had a lot of help from my manager, Kalyani, and my team members are very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. I think the biggest change has been getting used to the ambiguity of working on longer-term projects. As an intern, I had set-in-stone projects that I worked on, but as a full-time employee, I'm much more involved in strategizing and creative planning. 

Did you have any mentors who helped you along the way?
Kalyani Nayaka, my now-manager, fields all my questions and has been super supportive as I got used to my new role. Jennifer Plumer introduced me to the Global Campaigns team as an intern and helped me envision my place here at Medidata. Steph Bambury pulled me into many different projects during my internship, which helped me figure out what I like and ultimately end up in the perfect role for me. Dianne Yurek took me under her wing throughout my internship and always offered her advice.

What do you enjoy most about your new role?
I love that my role is really collaborative and cross-functional. I get to work with a lot of different teams, and that's helped me learn more about Medidata as a company and the life sciences industry in general. I also love that every day is different. Sometimes I'm helping to write an eBook, sometimes I'm interviewing subject matter experts for research—it's a great role to build up my skill set as a recent college grad.

What advice do you have for recent grads looking to convert an internship into a full-time position?
Find a mentor to help guide you, be open to taking on projects a bit out of your comfort zone, and enjoy yourself! The summer flies by before you know it—it's important to take everything in as it's happening. 

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