My name is Durant Harvin and I am a summer intern in the corporate communications department at Sodexo’s North American headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD. My time at Sodexo has been a great experience that will benefit me as I enter the real world — especially since I finish up my undergraduate studies at Penn State University next spring.
I am honored to be part of the Sodexo Future Leaders Internship Program. It’s great that I am being paid to gain experience that I would actually be more than willing to gain for free. What more could I ask for? Not only do I get to gain on the job experience but I also get to save money for my senior year at Penn State. Accepting this internship was “no brainer” if you will.
During my internship, I have been involved in areas such as social media, internal communications, brand management and marketing. I have also been charged with the task of creating an ad campaign for the internship program nationally. I have also done plenty of hands on work such as video editing, market research, technical writing, posting signage and conducting on-camera interviews.
I am gaining so much knowledge as to how a large company’s communications setting works. There is no doubt in my mind that the tools and skills I am acquiring here at Sodexo will do nothing but benefit me in my future professional endeavors. I have had the opportunity to meet and work with several great and accomplished Sodexo employees which have ranged from chefs to executive personnel at headquarters.
During my internship I was privileged enough to be asked to work at the Sodexo Foundation Dinner in Washington, DC. This was an experience that I will never forget because of the many people I came into contact with and the large roll I was entrusted with throughout the evening. I was charged with interviewing the award recipients before the awards dinner. My interviews started off a little shaky but once the nerves were gone they turned out well.
This internship has provided a way to apply all that I learn in the classroom to an actual real-world setting. I truly feel I am a part of the communications team and that my work actually has worth.
I would like to give a special thanks to my hosting manager Laurie Kelly. Laurie has been a great manager who pushed me to think more creatively. There is never a time when I felt that I was just here to perform busy work, Laurie treats me as if I were a full-time employee. I am grateful to have a manager who is available and reliable (despite her already hectic schedule!)
Durant Harvin is an intern in the Corporate Communications department of Sodexo.