Daniella Boragno is a Management major graduating in 2019. This summer, Daniella interned at Genentech in South San Francisco, CA. Due to the fact that Daniella is from San Francisco, she was able to live at home. However, the company offered relocation expense and living options for interns interested.
How did you land this internship? I learned about this internship through my aunt who works for Genentech. I applied online and forwarded a personal email to the hiring coordinator for Genentech’s internship program to express my interest in the internship opportunity. The hiring process involved 3-phone interviews with the Coordinator, the Director of Strategy and Business Operations, and Communications Manager.
What was your favorite part of the experience? This internship enabled me to interact with a wide range of professionals who work for a dynamic Bio-Tech company. My internship was in the Site Services division, which oversees all facets of the facilities for the South San Francisco campus. I learned how to execute a long term project while setting short and long term goals. Seeing how various department interact in a major Bio Tech company, allowed me to see how interpersonal skills and communication with others is critical in the work place.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it. I was fortunate enough to work on 3 different projects, which involved the use and impact of company resources for internal company meetings. The first project was researching how much money was spent on food and beverages within the Site Services Department. The second project was based on Meeting Effectiveness which involved researching the time effectiveness associated with internal meetings and developing best practices. The third project was based on Management and involved interviewing various business executives within the Learning and Development team to build multiple group profiles within Site Services to improve inter-company communications.
What did you find most challenging about the internship? Learning the internal acronyms and terminology used within the company was a challenge. It was also important to learn how to prioritize my time. My manager expected me to work independently and use resources outside of the department, which involved coordinating schedules with other business units who worked on tight schedules.