Adventures as an Intern: The Beginning

June 24, 2011 - 4 Comments

Hi! I’m Kati Dahm, and I am interning in with the Social Media Communications Team for the summer. Today marks the end of my first two weeks of working at Cisco, and I can already say that it has been very exciting. I’ve set up my cubicle and my laptop, and met the people in the surrounding workspaces.  I’ve already had many valuable learning experiences, from learning how to dial into a WebEx call to where the café is (important!). As I continue my time at Cisco, I will update my readers on my interning adventures- which may not always turn out to be what you expect. Interns have gone to Vegas, made videos and even rapped. Who knows what they’ll have me do?

Facebook was the humble beginning to my social media obsession. I signed up for an account my freshman year of high school, and I was hooked. Twitter was more of a college thing. It was in to tweet about the cool things you were doing with your other friends that were in touch enough to have their own handles. In April, when I got an exciting offer to be an intern at Cisco, I couldn’t say no. This  brings me to where I am today, blogging about different companies and how they communicate their news through various channels such as social media tools and corporate newsrooms. I will be examining and analyzing these channels and bringing them back here to determine the best forms of communication that businesses can utilize. In my opinion, this is one of the most important things businesses can do so that they stay engaged in what their target audience is reacting and responding to. I look forward  to hearing from you over the duration of my internship, along with any ideas, questions or commentary you may have in regard to my posts.

If you want to know a little more about me, this is where you keep reading. I grew up in the center of Silicon Valley, in Palo Alto. My parents both worked for companies in the area, so many family dinner conversations revolved around technology and the direct effect it had on our education, experiences and lives. I attended Palo Alto High School, where many of my peers had similar backgrounds to me. Now, I am about to start my senior year at Tulane University in New Orleans, and I have to admit I’m not quite ready to leave yet. I am majoring in Political Science, and minoring in Business. I love the South, but I always look forward to coming back to California for the summer. In my spare time when I am not working, I enjoy cooking and running, as well as using social media to stay caught up on everything that is happening around me.

Stay tuned as I tackle the next hardest part after the interview- doing the job. I’ll be sure to keep you informed on a weekly basis as I discover the ins and outs of interning in the communications department. Until next week, I’m Kati Dahm, reporting to you from Cisco Systems. Have a great weekend.

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  1. Wow that sounds like a great way to apply the college education in real life. Powerful experience!

  2. All I can Say best luck for your future endeavors and good start with company like CISCO

  3. keep it up…i ll be keeping track… U re already an inspiration 4 me.

  4. I will keep up with you this summer! Great opening to your blog.