Inside the Internships Part 2: The First Week

veronica at deloitte

Veronica (right) with retired Deloitte executive and longtime VEI supporter Joe Delaney (center)

Veronica Ng

Attended Fort Hamilton High School
Interning at Deloitte

How did you enjoy your first week?
I thoroughly enjoyed my first week at Deloitte. On the first day, I was provided with an official Deloitte email address, a laptop, and my own work space. Throughout the week, I received audit training, saw part of Deloitte’s consulting process, and helped manage a Blood Drive alongside some of my new colleagues.

I feel so honored and privileged to have the opportunity to learn and work at Deloitte, where I’m developing management and auditing skills as well as gaining insight into their involvement with the local community.

What’s the best thing you learned this week?
The best thing was the training for audit work, since I have a strong interest in Accounting. The experience opened my eyes to more aspects of what the field has to offer.

What do you like best about your company? What do you like best about your supervisor?
What I like best about my company is the friendly work environment and the strong sense of teamwork.

My supervisor has been wonderful. He’s amiable and really cares about his employees and the community. He has become a role-model and motivates me to do my best at work.


Suveer Seemangal

Attended Queens Vocational and Technical High School
Interning at Solarus Technologies

How did you enjoy your first week?
I really enjoyed it. I was a little nervous on the first day (in a good way), because I knew I was entering an environment full of smart, experienced professionals and I wanted to make sure I would fit in. Luckily, my coworkers made me feel welcome, comfortable, and they related to me well since they held internships themselves before working full-time.

What’s the best thing you learned this week?
Everything that I learned this week was, and will be, extremely valuable. If I had to choose one thing as the best, it would be learning how to use Connectwise, which is a ticketing system that makes our workflow more efficient by allowing all Solarus employees to easily manage projects and tasks.

What do you like best about your company? What do you like best about your supervisor?
I like the sense of community, teamwork, and self-initiative. I strongly value community and teamwork, and I see that my coworkers at Solarus do too. Everyone works together. From what I’ve experienced so far, there is always someone to lend a helping hand. In addition, everyone is always working or doing something; no one waits around to be told what to do. This combination of selflessness and self-initiative is really remarkable.

After this past week, I’d like to think that everyone at Solarus is my supervisor. There’s always someone looking out for me and offering to help me expand my IT knowledge in any way possible. My main supervisor is Mitch Pessin, Solarus’s CEO, and he’s a great communicator, has a good sense of humor, and makes me feel very comfortable at work. I truly appreciate the fact that he’s just as excited as I am about this internship. I can tell there is a lot that I will learn from him and, whatever it is, I know it will be worthwhile.

What tasks and projects have you been involved in so far?
As I mentioned before, I’m learning how to use Connectwise, and I’m also learning how to use Kaseya, a web-based application that allows Solaris’s engineers to remotely access clients’ computers to provide technical support. I was also afforded the opportunity to go out “in the field” with one of the engineers to configure a router, which was my most enlightening task.

After beginning the challenge myself and then working together with one of the engineers, we concluded that the router was broken and the owner needed to replace it. The engineer I worked with explained that there is no single, definitive route for addressing a technical problem and sometimes we need to think outside of the box to solve it. This lesson, that there is more than one way to approach and fix a problem, reinforces a principle I learned in high school.

What do you look forward to about the rest of the internship?
I look forward to learning more about Connectwise, answering calls, and creating tickets for clients. I also look forward to helping market and promote Solarus so we can attract more business. I trust the mix of technical and marketing experience I will gain will help me make a well-informed decision about what I really want to do for a career.


Samantha Henriques

Attended High School for Arts Imagination and Inquiry
Interning at Manhattan Borough President’s Office

What’s the best thing you learned this week?
The best thing I learned this week is how to properly write a professional letter.

What do you like best about your company?
The people I have met at the Borough President’s Office are kind and helpful. I love the fact that my supervisors provide me with clear instruction and are really friendly.


VEI Interns Spend Time Learning How to Save

On July 14th on the 60th floor of 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza, a group of Chase employees provided financial education training for 250 public high school students participating in NYC’s Summer Youth Employment Program, which included VEI students who recently started summer internships thanks to a grant from JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

suveer-and-veronicaweb

Featured Interns Suveer (front) and Veronica (right) getting financial advice from Chase employees

IMG_0187web

Group of VEI students before the program

IMG_0189web

Group of VEI students before the program

IMG_0225web

Students receiving financial education training from Chase employees

IMG_0235web

Students receiving financial education training from Chase employees

IMG_0236web

Students receiving financial education training from Chase employees

IMG_0258web

Students receiving financial education training from Chase employees

 


Go to Part 1: Meet the Students
Go to Part 3: Halfway Point
Go to Part 4: Reflections

Return to Inside the Internships Main Page