When COVID-19 started to take over the world it impacted everyone in different ways. For me, it meant I wouldn’t be able to complete my junior year studies on campus. And my internship with the MarCom team at Samsung Semiconductor in San Jose, which I was really looking forward to, was in jeopardy.
Basically, it was looking to be on par for 2020 – a big disappointment.
But lucky for me, Samsung held its first ever remote intern program. My story is similar to many of the interns that I’ve been working with this summer: counting my lucky stars that I received an email from HR stating my internship was still taking place.
Getting back into an 8-hour workday routine is not an easy task. I turned on ancient alarms that were pre-programmed in my clock and rekindled my relationship with coffee. The biggest change, however, was the lack of commute time. To be precise, instead of a lengthy Californian drive, it was now a 20 step walk to a desk. From a single chair, I’m able to complete assignments, conduct zoom calls, and communicate with all my managers. The initial shock of being able to work in pajamas slowly faded and I got in a groove working for Samsung Semiconductor.
The fact that Samsung Semiconductor was able to make a thorough plan for remote interns is just phenomenal. It was more than I even expected. We had this great intern committee that mapped out a whole schedule for online events which included a ‘Weekly Photo Challenges,’ a series of contests where each intern submitted photos or videos relating to each week’s theme. I felt the pressure not to let my MarCom team down, and luckily in Week 1, I took home the first place prize.