Whether it’s a job or internship, starting a position can be difficult without any formal training or introduction. After beginning my internship at CannonDesign on May 18th, I was very fortunate that this was not the case. In fact, I was thoroughly impressed with every aspect of the on boarding process. From the personalized name placard to being invited to listen in on multiple conference calls (all within the first week), it truly feels as though I am joining the firm as a full time employee.

I am interning in the Marketing Communications department. My first week gave me a glimpse into the different functions, roles, and responsibilities that comprise the Marketing Communications efforts at CannonDesign. The firm’s reach spans globally with offices in the United States, Canada, China, India, and the United Arab Emirates. Additionally, I learned about the firm’s history, goals, and opportunities. I spent each day of the week meeting and talking with members within marketing, internal communication, public relations, asset management and human resources, which allowed me to get a general sense of how everything operates.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that a course I took with Dr. Wigley last fall came to mind throughout the week. Elements of course, Organizational Communication, came to light in very tangible ways and I don’t think I would have recognized them had I not taken the class. For example, the firm refers to its employees as “CannonDesigners.” As we learned in class, this type of language promotes a collective culture and deeply aligns with Cannon’s core values of collaboration and mutual support.

It is truly an experience to be in a work environment with so many creative minds, and so much knowledge and expertise. I am thrilled to be a part of a organization that leaves a lasting imprint on society and the built environment.