Summer’s End 2014

The summer has flown by, and I’m asked now to reflect on everything I’ve done and all that I’ve learned as an Interlinx Associates Summer Intern.
I never expected to find myself working as a summer intern anywhere, and I am so grateful to Elaine and Scot for taking me on these last few months. I refer to myself as the ‘world’s oldest’ intern, because I returned to college after a very long absence. I’ll graduate next spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with Computer Applications from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering. Due to my advanced maturity, my experience as a summer intern will have been quite different from Matt’s, but wow, have I learned a lot. I had to adjust to working in a busy office after many years as my own boss, setting my own schedule. I’ve had to learn the office etiquette and my office’s priorities. The second one wasn’t too hard for me. I’ve run my own small (very small) business for several years and Interlinx Associates mirrors it in that our priority is always the customer.
There is always a lot of good energy here and I’ve really enjoyed working in the team atmosphere. Everyone pitches in and we seem so much more productive and creative when several different viewpoints are heard. I’ve had a variety of duties which included customizing reports and dashboards in Salesforce for customers, helping to create proposals and training materials, watching developers at work, creating a survey, and just answering the phone or email.
And I’ve learned an awful lot about Salesforce! But there is still an even greater amount to learn. I had never even heard of Salesforce when I started, but I am so impressed by it. It’s so dynamic and flexible. I was encouraged at once to dive into SF and check out all the nooks and crannies. My goal was to gain a familiarity with it, and I think that I have. Thank you Jan for your guidance there. I was hired as the ‘technical’ intern and I’ve learned a lot from Scot and Rick about the nuts and bolts of conversion to Salesforce. I can’t wait to get to a point where I can work as an SF developer.
I have also learned so much from Elaine and Tom. I was admitted to client meetings to learn about the sort of things that businesses want and need from us. I’ve enjoyed creating training materials and talking to people – fulfilling their requests. We have such a variety of clients, and I really like getting to know them. There is a great diversity in the work that Interlinx does that satisfies my curious nature. It’s a thrill to be constantly learning – especially when I don’t have to pay tuition!
Helping to create a proposal was exciting. Investigating problem solutions, affordable apps and customizable options. Creating charts and writing up a clear communication for the customer. The appreciation when we presented it was very satisfying.
The biggest, probably goofiest, project I worked on was the TakeTwo videos. Having never created a video in my life, it was fun and frustrating. And narrating was ridiculous. No wonder actors get big salaries – that was hard! As a final act this summer, I’m putting together some of our outtakes as an ‘extras’ reel. I hope everyone enjoys it.
I need to add a little note here of respect and gratitude to my co-intern, Matt – the ‘marketing’ intern. What a great help to me and such a lot of fun. Thanks for listening to me talk to myself or my computer and thanks for being able to tell when my questions were not rhetorical. You always had great answers and you didn’t make me feel old (well not too often anyway). Have a great time at school down in Iowa and I hope we work together again – we made a good team and I learned a lot from you.
I also want to thank Interlinx for this opportunity. I’ve learned much more than I could possibly list here and I hope that I have had something to offer in return.

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