Top Three Takeaways From Dot’s Internship Program
Written by Anna Mangieri, Human Resources Intern
Endless Support and Positivity
My time at Dot was nothing short of a positive experience. After doing school and working remotely through the pandemic, it was a little nerve-racking to return to a social workspace setting—especially in a town I’m unfamiliar with. Our recruiters have worked so hard to make sure all of us interns are comfortable and give us the exposure necessary to help make this experience influential. Similarly, every employee I’ve encountered has made me feel like I’m truly appreciated and valuable to the work we do here, and I’m so thankful to have worked in an environment like this. We’re encouraged to ask questions, bounce ideas around, and use any of the resources Dot has to offer—all while feeling supported by everyone we reach out to for help.
I’ve grown exponentially—both personally and professionally—during my seemingly short amount of time at Dot. I learned so much about human resources and how businesses run in general, which has broadened my perspective in a multitude of areas. It was rewarding realizing that the knowledge I’ve gained in my education has become applicable to many of the projects that were handed to me. I’ve been able to work on some interesting projects relating to benefits and improving the employee experience, which quite literally impacts everyone in the company! One of my favorite projects I worked on this summer was putting together a proposal for a gift we can offer our employees who are taking maternity and paternity leave. Working on the tangible and intangible ways we can create employee retention and satisfaction like this is both exciting and fulfilling. I feel good about the work I’m doing at Dot knowing that I hold some responsibility in helping make an employee’s day a little bit brighter.
Everyone Wants You to Succeed
For the entirety of the internship program, we were able to meet and network with various employees throughout the company. These opportunities helped me figure out what responsibilities different positions hold and where my interests lie. If there is one thing that is synonymous with all the Dot employees I interacted with, it’s that they all want us to succeed. My peers and manager were always willing to connect me with the right people and help me get things done. It made it easier to challenge and push myself outside of my comfort zone when I knew that the people around me were happy to help me on my path to success. There are no mind games at Dot and people are not waiting for you to mess up. When I would make mistakes, it was always a learning experience and employees were eager to get me back on track. Dot employees have given me the confidence boost I needed to believe in myself and achieve the success I know I’m capable of. I’m so appreciative of all the knowledge they’ve helped me attain in such a short amount of time.
Anna is a student at the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and consumer economics with a concentration in agribusiness markets and management. She found the Dot Foods internship program through a friend who was a Dot intern a few years ago!