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Summer Internship Spotlight: Meet Whitney Tremblay ‘17
Summer Internship Spotlight: Meet Whitney Tremblay ‘17

Whitney Tremblay is double majoring in Human Resource Management and Management & Leadership. This summer she is interning at Nike in HR Project Management. Whitney loves getting exposed to different facets of HR and the diversity as well as the working conditions at the World Headquarters (WHQ).

For students who are considering an internship? “Just do it,” says Whitney.

Why did you decide to study Business and Human Resource Management in particular?

When I started pursuing my undergrad, I majored in history at Oregon State. I finished two years before realizing that I had no idea what I was doing in school - I was wasting so much money and I had no real passion for what I was doing. I decided to take a break from school and went to work. While working, I was exposed to poor working conditions, wage theft, and severely low morale. From that experience, I learned that I had a passion for human resources. I knew that I wanted to be part of something that creates the kind of work culture I craved. Needless to say, a seemingly terrible experience actually ended up being the driving force behind my motivation to return to school to finish my bachelors in HRM.

How did you find the internship?

I met with my advisor (which I highly recommend you do on a regular basis) and he suggested to me that I get an internship for the summer. I knew he was right, so I jumped right into finding one - I didn’t want to waste any time. There are so many great organizations in Portland, but I knew that I wanted to work for Nike. From there, I looked up some of the internships they had available for the summer. I applied last fall, months before the application due date. Until the date they were due, I reached out to people I knew that worked there, or had worked there. With some networking, and luck, I got an interview.

Tell us about your internship.

For my role this summer, I am supporting IDPM HR (Innovation/Design/Product/Merchandise). I started my internship the week after spring term ended, and I will be here until late August. My official function is project management, and my direct report is a Generalist, so I have been getting a lot of exposure to all different facets of HR. One of my main responsibilities has been that of managing the External Temporary Worker (ETW) summer interns, and being their line of contact for all things HR. Outside of my day-to-day processes, I really love being at WHQ. The feeling is electric, and it inspires me to do my best work. I enjoy waking up and getting to come here every day.

What has been the most rewarding part of your internship so far?

There are so many elements which make my internship rewarding, but if I had to choose one, the most rewarding part of my internship so far has been the people. I have met and gained relationships with so many wonderful individuals. Nike, as a global brand, attracts talent from all over the world, so the diversity and inclusivity at WHQ is incredible. It definitely makes Portland feel less homogenized - which I love.

How has the online internship course helped you be successful at your internship?

The online internship course encourages me to develop actual goals and outcomes for my experience here at Nike. When I was offered the role, I didn’t have a job description; I didn’t even know what projects I would be working on until my first day. Concentrating on goals rather than stressing about the unknown has helped me to remain focused within a big corporate company. I have also been able to utilize the interpersonal skills and communication tools I learned from the course. Overall, I feel that the internship course has helped me to be more reflective and mindful while completing tasks, and has offered me a more enriching experience as an intern.

What advice would you give other students considering an internship?

I would tell them to just do it (no pun intended). But really, internships are like a “trial-run”; a time to feel-out your potential career path, and gain insights that you just can’t get from a classroom. It would be silly not to take advantage of an opportunity like participating as an intern. You’re not going to be mad that you did an internship, I promise.

In what ways do you feel this experience will benefit you in the future?

I can’t think of a way that this experience will hurt me! I am so happy that I decided to do an internship, and being able to do one at Nike is amazing. Having built a professional network within a Fortune 100 company, and gaining real work experience that is directly related to my studies, the potential career benefits seem endless. I can’t even begin to describe how fortunate I feel.


 

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