All good things must come to an end, and luckily enough, “Adventures of an Intern” will not be one of them! This summer at Cisco has been an incredible learning experience for me, inside and outside of the Social Media Communications team. I assisted in the production of a video with the other corp comm. interns (stay tuned!), researched social networks that the team could potentially use, and of course, investigated different corporate newsrooms for our team here at The Network, Cisco’s Technology News Site.
I am lucky enough to be extending my internship into the school year, where I’ll be investigating a wider range of topics that are important to Cisco, and as a result, my findings will be posted on The Network, rather than the blog, which is an exciting transition to make.
Through my adventures as an intern, I evaluated the newsrooms of major social networks, Intel’s Free Press, EMC, HP, consumer companies, Oracle, Juniper Networks and Huawei. Several of these newsrooms belong to companies that are in direct competition with Cisco, so it was interesting to compare how they communicate their news and attract readers. I’m still looking for other corporate newsrooms to adventure through, so please send your suggestions this way!
I don’t even know where to start when it comes to highlights of this summer. I could go the cheesy route and say I loved every single part, from spilling hot coffee on myself (such a learning experience!) to filming a scene in John Chambers’ office. But to be honest, I don’t know where to begin. I think I’ve really learned to look at everything beyond my own perspective, which is important when you’re representing a large company such as Cisco. I’ve also developed a larger respect for the role that social media can play in promoting a business, and I can envision how important it will be in the coming years, too.
Since I am going back to school for my senior year, I will also be examining the relationship between technology and education. As of Saturday, I’ll be working remotely from my house in New Orleans, providing commentary on why technology, business and social media go hand in hand with the educational experience, as well as my personal experience. I’m also looking forward to not having to change out of my pajamas!
Now, I want to open up the conversation to you. What else do you think I should be investigating and writing about? What else do you want to see when you visit The Network? You know how to reach me, or tweet me, for that matter. I’ll be transitioning from the social media blog to the Network, so don’t forget to check back regularly this fall. My first post from New Orleans will be up next week! Stay fun and tech savvy, and I’ll see you next week!
Kati Dahm is student at Tulane University, majoring in political science and business. She is also an intern in Social Media Communications at Cisco. In her spare time, Kati enjoys cooking, running and country music.