From Intern to Full Time: Melanie J.
What was your favorite part about the internship experience?
My favorite part of the internship was the ability to work on completely different teams in the Tech department. It allowed me to have a wider perspective of the organization, as well as the responsibilities that different people held.
How would you describe the transition from working as an intern to working full time?
My transition was smooth. Due to the projects and relationships I worked on later in my internship, I was able to understand the rhythm of the team I am in, as well as prepare myself for the full time initiatives and tools that I'd be working with as a full time employee. The internship as a whole, gave me so much insight on the purpose, mission and culture of the company, as well as practical projects to foster our skills, that transferring to full time felt natural.
Did you have any mentors who helped you along the way?
Yes, the company culture of Medidata is one where the welcoming community and sharing of knowledge is something that I encountered immediately. Graciously, I am able to call several colleagues my mentor. To name a few, Beth Cipot, Ross Rothemier, Chris Warner, and Kwabena Apprey have been instrumental in my experience as an intern and continuously as a Cloud Engineer.
What do you enjoy most about your new role?
I enjoy being able to monitor the structure of the resources that enable the systems used to advance life sciences. It is one thing to see the end result of a new product. There is a special place in knowing that I am a part of the team, making sure the infrastructure is there to facilitate those breakthroughs.
What advice do you have for recent grads looking to convert an internship into a full-time position?
My advice is to believe there is a place for you wherever you go in your career. That belief will motivate you to attain your spot in the company you are interning for. That motivation will ignite the passion in you, and that passion will be seen by employers who will want you on your team. Start there, with belief in your own capabilities.