Infor summer interns bring fresh insights to offices around North America

October 8, 2019

Infor had the privilege of hosting a great class of interns in our offices across North America, where they learned about the tech industry, contributed to the success of our business, and developed new skills to impress in the next phase of their educational journey. In the Americas, we hosted over 70 interns over 12 weeks, where they contributed around 34,000 hours of productive work, innovation and great ideas.

Thank you, interns, for your many contributions. We wish you the best and expect to see you at the forefront of the next generation of tech leaders.

Learn about some of our interns in these Q&As:

Aytekin Alpay – Columbus office

What school do/did you attend, and what is your major?

Ohio State University, computer science and engineering major

Why did you choose Infor?

I heard great things about Infor, and being a sports fan, I thought it would be cool to work for a company that sponsors an NBA team.

What are some of your responsibilities/what’s an average day look like to you? Have you had any interesting projects?

I worked on the Ming.le side menu for reseller and customer portals, which will be used when portals are available in Ming.le. I worked on other projects as well, but this was my crowning achievement.

What do you see yourself doing professionally in the future? Do you think your experience at Infor will help you reach those goals?

I see myself being a programmer at first and climbing the ranks to manager and senior-level positions. Infor helped me in the way that I saw how a work day goes in a technology company, how to speak and communicate with different coworkers, and how to manage my time to meet deadlines.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I like to code on my own time as well. I also play basketball, play video games, hang out with friends.

Do you have any advice for future interns?

Come in with an open mind and be stress free. This is a great place to work and learn and is a very fun atmosphere.

Tashiah Singleton – NYC office

What school do/did you attend, and what is your major?

I received my bachelor of science degree from Rutgers University – Newark in New Jersey with a double major in sociology and criminal justice. I am a master of public administration candidate, May 2020 at the New York University, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service with a specialization in management and leadership.

What are some of your responsibilities/what’s an average day look like to you? Have you had any interesting projects?

My internship provided me with the best of both worlds! I worked closely with Diana Solash and Kaitlin Cantell, senior talent management manager, on inclusion & diversity initiatives, as well as talent management projects. For I&D, I conducted research, data analysis, and reporting for the early in career campus recruiting strategy. I assisted with change management for the Community Engagement Ambassadors program, and I contributed to the infrastructure of Infor’s employee networks by developing guidelines and a charter application process.

In the talent management realm, I served as the intern ambassador for the summer interns where I relaunched Infor Insiders, an internal speaker series led by various leaders across Infor. I also developed three professional development programs for the interns in the following topics: interpersonal leadership, personal brand, and unconscious bias.

Additionally, I developed an intern introductory and exit survey to assist hiring managers and the recruiting team with the interns’ aspirations and career interests at Infor, as well as data to enhance the campus recruiting marketing materials. I also assisted with back-end logistics to create a skills dashboard for CPE (continuous performance engagement), the talent review process, and virtual teaming, which produced the Virtual Team Best Practices FAQ sheet.

What do you see yourself doing professionally in the future? Do you think your experience at Infor will help you reach those goals?

I am grateful for my experience at Infor, as it directly correlates with my future career aspirations. Upon graduation, I plan to utilize my talent, operations, and leadership development skills to serve as a leader of diversity, equity and inclusion. Knowing that my north star is people and equity, I am exploring the multitude of possibilities across sectors.

Do you have any advice for future interns?

Begin with purpose and set intentions for the internship. They can do this by establishing goals with their hiring manager and aligning with projects that will be fruitful for their development. Second, is to always be present in the room with brief introductions by sharing a quick pitch about who they are and the team/projects they’ll be working on. Last, but certainly not least, ask questions. As one of my favorite professors would say to her students, “Do NOT be content to be confused!”

Colt Gainey – Greenville office

What school do/did you attend, and what is your major?

I currently attend Clemson University in South Carolina, where I study computer science.

Why did you choose Infor?

I felt as though Infor’s large presence in the software development marketplace would give me a firm foundation in the principles of software production. The stability of the company and its products would also give me a place to solidly plant my feet in the professional world.

What are some of your responsibilities/what’s an average day look like to you? Have you had any interesting projects?

I’m working with the Cloud Ops Team doing various DevOps tasks: however, this summer has been based primarily in the development side. My responsibilities generally involve automating a process that improves the product in some way, usually driven through AWS.

While all of my projects have been interesting, my personal favorite is the work that I did on the initialization and healing of the CouchBase deployment. The project utilized and reinforced many concepts I’ve learned in university, while also introducing me to the coding standards of a software development company. I was very pleased to see the progression of my code through QA knowing that I had some impact on the quality of the product.

What do you see yourself doing professionally in the future? Do you think your experience at Infor will help you reach those goals?

I think categorizing myself professionally might close doors, so I prefer to keep my prospects open. However, I have a strong interest in the cloud now, instilled by my time here at Infor. I’d like to combine my passion for the cloud and my passion for data in to a career in data science / data engineering.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy being outside. I’m an avid rock climber and runner, and hope to participate in some upcoming collegiate rock-climbing competitions in the fall and spring. I play piano and guitar casually and enjoy utilizing music production tools for sound design and recording. I participate in various research projects at Clemson as well.

Do you have any advice for future interns?

Try to solve your problems, but don’t be afraid to ask others for help. That is the main difference between college and the workplace: in college, collaboration is often discouraged; in the workplace, collaboration is encouraged, as everyone has a common goal. This is quite a paradigm shift, but it’s an important one.

Juniper Salcedo – NYC office

What school do/did you attend, and what is your major?

Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, communication design major

Why did you choose Infor?

I chose Infor because I saw how modern and important the company seemed. The interview for this scholarship took place in the Infor building. In preparation for the interview I research the company. I was extended an invitation to intern here, so I jumped on it because it seemed like (and was) an amazing learning opportunity.

What are some of your responsibilities/what’s an average day look like to you? Have you had any interesting projects?

I’m a marketing communications intern, and my primary focus was writing content for the Weekly Update, Inside Track, and Careers and Training newsletters. I regularly took interviews and wrote transcriptions, then converted that into an article. The most interesting project I’ve worked on is this Intern Spotlight one. Overall, it was a wonderful time, and I have to thank my team, especially Caitlin Reidy and David Winfield, for being so kind and patient with me.

What do you see yourself doing professionally in the future? Do you think your experience at Infor will help you reach those goals?

I can see myself involved in any kind of creative work, most likely content creation. So, that could be videos, articles, art, or any content that would be presented to customers. It could be through a company or more independent, like YouTube, as long as I am making stuff, I am happy. My experience at Infor taught me a lot about what the pipeline from idea to released content looks like. I also learned many helpful skills in terms of drafting and becoming quicker at writing.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I like to vary what I do in my free time. I draw, write, code, practice guitar, play games, or just hang out with my friends. I’m of the mindset that practicing something can help build discipline but also gives you the tools to make your voice present in the world.

Do you have any advice for future interns?

I have 3 main stems of advice for future interns:

  • Be open and communicative with your manager and your team.
    • Take the time to get to know people and understand that this is a team environment. Also, ask for projects to work on.
  • Set hard deadlines and goals for yourself.
    • This not only builds up a good habit but makes you more reliable. Goals help you to always reach for more.
  • Make you sure you eat right!
    • I know it sounds silly, but it is surprisingly easy to forget to eat, especially eat balanced foods. Making your own food and bringing it to work I think works best.

Jeremie Azan – NYC office

What school do/did you attend, and what is your major?

I attend ESCP Europe, a French business school with over 6 campuses in Europe. My major is business management. Over the course of my program, I spent one year in London, one year in Turin, and one year in Berlin.

Why did you choose Infor?

There was a multitude of variables that attracted me to Infor, but here are the top 3:

  • The Industry

The ERP industry is a fascinating and growing industry that I’ve always been a huge admirer of but unfortunately never got the chance to directly experience. Having the opportunity to not only work in the ERP industry but as one of the top 3 leaders in the domain was too big of a learning opportunity for me to pass up.

  • The position

At the time of my entry in Infor as an intern, I did not really have a particular specialization nor did I really know where I wanted to be in a firm. Having a very general business background I wanted something that would just give me to opportunity to learn different facets of a corporation and understand how the different branches of a firm come together to function as one efficient collective. Being in corporate operations, it looked as though I was going to have the chance to help develop projects from different departments and have exposure to a lot of senior leadership. I thought the variety of the projects as well as the exposure to very talented and experienced people would aid me in not only understanding what Infor does, but what I want to do with my future and career.

  • The Location

Pretty much coming straight out of college, not knowing what I really want from my career long-term, ad having spent three years away from the United States, no other location seemed better than New York. Afterall, what better place for a young business graduate just starting off his career than New York? I was always told that it’s the center of the world, and from what I can tell so far it’s true. It seemed to me that the large volume of activity and life would help give me an idea or orient me towards the right career or path.

What are some of your responsibilities/what’s an average day look like to you? Have you had any interesting projects?

My main responsibilities are to help senior managers and different departments to develop their projects. Infor is a large company that has been growing a lot very rapidly, and thus there could be some ineffectiveness or redundancies within it. My task was to help these different departments and group gel and give extra support to projects that were perhaps a bit complicated, or simply needed a bit of extra help.

An average day for me is a lot of calls and meeting with different groups from different departments, about a handful of different projects and their progress. What needs to be done to make the project move along, and how I come in to place to do that. A lot of my work is usually focused on data analysis on excel, and then conveying my findings in a very digestible and useful way through a PowerPoint that I then later on send to managers or my colleagues.

What do you see yourself doing professionally in the future? Do you think your experience at Infor will help you reach those goals?

In terms of near future, I see myself doing a role that has a technical aspect to it, but also has some interaction with people. I don’t see myself simply doing data analysis and being in front of a computer for hours on end. I need to have some contact with people, because although data analysis is interesting and there’s a lot to learn from it, I think my skills are best suited towards people, and presenting and having a back and forth etc.

This is why starting early September, I will transition from an intern role in the corporate ops team to a full-time solutions consultant. I think it’s a good opportunity to develop my sales skills while still developing a technical know-how and staying within Infor, a company that I’ve grown to want to be a part of. This is not to discredit my time spent as an intern in corp ops. My time there was a fantastic learning experience. My colleagues and team were very supportive and friendly. I’m young and still have a lot to learn after all, so being in an environment that promotes learning at a fast pace is the most I can ask for, and I found that in my time as an corporate ops intern.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I’ve only been in New York for 3 months, but as of now, I spend most of my free time playing soccer, exploring the city, spending time with friends as well as making new ones, and reading when I have the time. I do, of course, enjoy the night life and party scene of New York. I still have a lot to explore in that domain!

Do you have any advice for future interns?

Yes, the top 3 things I would recommend for an intern are:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Always always be curious. If there’s a department or field you find interesting, reach out to the person who you think will have the answers and talk to them. I was very pleasantly surprise as to just how nice and open people are at Infor to talk about themselves and what they do.
  • Work hard and be detail oriented. This one is kind of obvious, but it deserves repetition. Working hard, while having a high attention to detail is essential if one wants to perform in any corporate setting, whether it be Info or any other company.
  • Listen. Instead of thinking what you’re going to say next, listen. As an intern, your job is to soak up as much information as you can as to how the business functions, and whether or not it’s a place you like. My advice is to just be curious and listen intently on what is being said. Try to pick up on the subtle cues and norms of the company.
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