Student Spotlight: Ebitie Amughan, Microsoft

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Ebitie Amughan is a senior majoring in MIS and Operations Management. Ebitie did an internship with Microsoft this summer.

Ebitie Amughan

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What are some things you have learned?

I learned to embrace a growth mindset during my internship at Microsoft. Growth mindset is at the core of Microsoft’s culture. It is defined as a belief that everyone can grow and develop; that potential is nurtured, not predetermined; and that anyone can change their mindset. I learned to adopt the mindset by thinking like a customer, creating diverse and global solutions, and working collaboratively with others to fulfill Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.

 

What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?

The most memorable part of my internship was Intern Signature Week. Intern Signature Week is a week for all Microsoft interns to gather at Microsoft’s Corporate Headquarters in Redmond, WA to connect with others, explore Seattle, and listen to exceptional speakers. Throughout the week I had the opportunity to meet and hear from Microsoft’s executives such as Corporate Vice President of Treasury, George Zinn, CFO, Amy Hood, and CEO, Satya Nadella. I left the event feeling inspired and energized about Microsoft’s direction. I also had the chance to network with other employees and peers from different lines of business within Microsoft. I was extremely impressed by Microsoft’s commitment to its intern program because it displayed Microsoft’s intent to cultivate future leaders through professional development. It was an incredible experience and it helped shaped the remainder of my internship.

What advice you have for other interns?

My advice to other interns would be to seek a mentor during their internship. I was fortunate to have a mentor and she was vital to both my personal and professional development. I was able to seek support and advice from my mentor and she offered me invaluable responses based on her experiences. My mentorship was a great way for me to create an ongoing relationship of learning, dialogue, and challenge that extends beyond my internship.