International Data Group (IDG).
Name: Michelle Tran
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Internship Sponsor: International Data Group (IDG)
As a Human Resources Intern, my responsibilities are to:
- Assist the Training & Development team with upcoming employee training programs by overseeing the general participant lists, creating agendas and preparing training program materials.
- Create Excel reports articulating corporate program participants’ post-program evaluations.
- Collaborate with the department staff in the collection and analysis of the annual IDG Employee Survey.
- Update out-of-date employee information from PeopleSoft in preparation for transition to a new HR information system.
International Data Group (IDG) is the world’s leading technology media, events and research company. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Boston, IDG products and services reach an audience of more than 280 million technology buyers in 97 countries.
As the Human Resources Intern at IDG, I completed a variety of projects that have given me exposure to an area of HR that I previously knew very little about—Training & Development. Initially, I found myself very nervous about working on projects in an area in which I was unfamiliar. But, as time went on, I found it extremely interesting to gain firsthand experience of all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into preparing for corporate training programs—everything from allocating time to selecting reserve venues, to personally confirming public speakers, inviting participants and preparing training program materials. My internship with IDG made me realize how crucial this function of HR is to a company and how beneficial it is for employees to: network, continually learn new skills and grow with the company as technology advances at rapid speeds.
Through my internship with IDG, I have learned a lot about myself as a future human resources professional and the work environment in which I best thrive. Concepts discussed in my internship class such as company cultures, management styles and organizational structures in conjunction with hands-on experiences in the office, have helped me better understand what I’m looking for from potential employers. Overall, this experience has allowed me to see the importance of being flexible and adapting to work cultures in order to work effectively and efficiently toward successfully achieving organizational objectives.
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