Internship Spotlight – Shawn Doherty, Insight Enterprises

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Shawn is a Management Information Systems major expected to graduate in the Spring of 2018. This summer, he interned for Insight Enterprises as a Desktop Support Intern in Tempe, Arizona. As his internship was paid, Shawn was able to share a room at an extended stay hotel with a fellow Eller peer who was also interning in the area. 

How did you land this internship?

I was made aware of the internships that Insight had available from a friend who graduated last year and went to work for Insight. I went to their table at the Career Showcase and talked to some recruiters to learn more about the application process and applied online via a special link they gave me!

What was your favorite part of the experience?

My favorite part about the internship was Insight’s culture and atmosphere. Everyone I met, from salespeople to the CEO, were nothing but friendly and inviting. My position and the internship program allowed me to network with managers, directors, and Vice Presidents from any department. We were even able to meet the founder of Insight, their current CEO, and the North American President.

What big project did you work on this summer?

Insight recently acquired Datalink, a data center solutions company, and started migrating all their IT with Insight’s this summer. I worked on this project during the second half of my internship, contacting some of Datalink’s 500+ employees and assisted them in getting all their current business devices switched over to Insight owned devices. This also allowed me to make a few contacts along the way.

What advice do you have for other students seeking a similar internship?

I think the key to getting an internship is to be yourself. Spend time talking to recruiters and employees of companies you are interested in (and maybe a few you’re not as interested in) and let them know you want an opportunity to learn and grow. Handing someone your resume, telling them your name, and moving on to the next person/company doesn’t leave a lasting impression.