At Comcast, we want to provide eager, motivated students with opportunities to learn valuable career skills while having the opportunity to build their resumes. We take pride in cultivating talented candidates who bring fresh new perspectives to our business through our Heartland Region student internship program.
Being a part of the Comcast family is a great opportunity. We love to hear from our interns on their experiences working with us and hear what the most valuable aspect was for them. We hope these authentic accounts of the internship experience here at Comcast inspire other bright, young professionals to seek opportunities with us.
Victoria Sheahan, who attends Eastern Michigan University and graduates in December 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, spent 12 weeks working with our Comcast Business department. She shares her insights and gives other students an inside look into what it was like to work for Comcast Business.
1. How did you find this internship?
My sister Katherine Harmon, who has worked with Comcast for almost 11 years, made me aware of the opportunity.
2. What is your favorite aspect of working with Comcast so far throughout your internship?
The culture. 100%. The people who work for Comcast have a passion about what they do in every aspect. Members of the finance department are passionate about numbers and ensuring accuracy. All of the sales department is laser focused on meeting their quota and exceeding customers’ expectations. The Heartland region’s senior leadership members are extremely passionate about their employees and the role they play in the success of the overall business. I love the culture that is emitted here, even with events such as Comcast Cares Day, when the entire company dedicates time to volunteering and giving back to the community.
Victoria (right) volunteering at Comcast Cares Day,
3. What are some examples of the hands-on work you get to do through your internship experience with Comcast?
I have been offered the opportunity to work with cross functional teams and get my hands into all different departments during this internship. I have organized spreadsheets for marketing strategies, I have analyzed data for market development presentations and I have become extremely familiar with Microsoft Excel. I have learned many transactional skills that I will be able to take with me into my career.
4. How do you feel this internship has equipped you with skills you can utilize in your future career after graduation?
I had a great boss who ended up being an amazing mentor to me. I hope to have a career in managerial support someday, and I learned a lot about what kind of leader I want to be from her. I have also developed skills in Microsoft Office that have already made the greatest impact on my daily life and efficiency. For example, in the beginning of this internship I was given a project to organize a spreadsheet full of data using pivot tables. This project took me roughly three full days to complete. Weeks later I was given a similar assignment however, using the tools and skills that I have developed during this internship, I was able to complete this assignment in less than one full working day. I was amazed!
5. Any advice for other students searching for an internship?
Network. Step outside of your comfort zone and have conversations with anyone and everyone. You never know what connections the person you are talking with might have. In today’s world, knowledge is key, and networking is the golden ring that keeps all of those keys together. Lastly, have fun. If you cannot imagine doing what you are doing every day for the rest of your life, reconsider your position. Passion increases job satisfaction, job satisfaction increases job performance, and job performance is the ladder that leads you to where your goals are. Oh yeah, and good luck!