ASM Summer Intern Program Goes Fully Remote in 2020

ASM’s summer interns learned more than usual this year – they learned how to participate in the program fully remotely.

The intern group was originally scheduled to start onsite at ASM headquarters on May 19th, and as ASM moved to all remote work in March, the program also pivoted to a fully remote status.

The summer internship program began June 16th and will run through August 14th. This year’s class of interns supports the cybersecurity and MEDCHART programs and the Accounting and Finance department, and they represent GMU, JMU, Virginia Tech and UVA.

In addition to becoming familiar with their subject areas, the interns are learning about corporate culture and have attended presentations on interpersonal communications and determining and promoting their personal brands. In the coming weeks, they will participate in seminars about ASM programs, personal finance and 401k planning, and the popular “Ask Me Anything” panel of long-time ASM employees who share their experiences and insight about working at ASM and in our industry. They will also take part in discussions with executive team mentors and participate in a roundtable discussion with ASM President, John Fraser.

Earlier this summer, ASM shipped equipment to the interns who participated in their orientation and completed training online.

While obviously the remote set up is not what the interns envisioned, they have discovered positive aspects of it, and all are grateful ASM went forward with the program. They all are happy to gain real-word experience and have easily adjusted to communicating through email and Teams.

This year’s program manager, Tim Pinkard, noted “I was always excited to work with the interns and be a part of the program. I think we found five motivated, flexible college students who have adapted well and added value to their teams. I also continue to  be impressed with the level of support from the managers and leadership of ASM. Their willingness to mentor, share their experiences, and provide insight is truly invaluable.”