I was the Site Leader for the IBM Intern Developer Program in Littleton, MA during the summer of 2017. In addition to my regular work, I was responsible for the execution of the developer program to provide 39 interns a seamless and rewarding summer experience. I was the direct point of contact for the interns and provided support to both interns and managers.
I ran onboarding sessions to welcome the interns to IBM and get them setup to join their teams. I also coached them and helped answer questions.
Through out the summer I ran several events with the interns. I ran a 3-day hackathon where interns learned IBM emerging technologies and I hosted an executive speaker held in Littleton and broadcasted to other intern sites in North America. The interns also participated in fun activities outside of work, such as a community service event where they collected invasive plants along a river near Boston.
I was nominated by my colleagues and won the Mass Lab Engagement Champion award for the work I did with the interns. This award is given quarterly to IBMers in Littleton who demonstrate strong leadership and make the lab a fun and engaging workplace.
Design Thinking for High School
I created and led a 1-hour design thinking session for a local group of high school students working on a technical project to prevent the collapse of New England buildings during large snowfalls. I led them through the basics of design thinking and ran hands-on activities to understand their user, the maintenance personnel, who clean snow off buildings.
Early Career Design Bootcamps
Several product development new hires and interns in the IBM Collaboration Solutions group in Littleton, MA were not involved in formal training on IBM Design Thinking.
The solution was to create and run, a 2-day design bootcamp for new hires, and a second 2-day design bootcamp for interns. I worked with two IBM colleagues to create and facilitate the two design bootcamps in Littleton, MA.
New hires and interns practiced their design thinking craft by doing hands-on activities to understand the user, explore big ideas, prototype new experiences, and evaluate these new experiences. New hires and interns ended their training by presenting what they learned to IBM stakeholders.
I was part of the IBM Collaboration Solutions Design Lab where I demoed the latest updates to the Connections home page and gathered feedback from clients.
I had discussions with clients to gather feedback about how their teams collaborate online to help inform our design process.