Intern Role Profile - Education Marketing
Name: Jordan Lipman
Role: Showcase Classroom, Education Marketing Intern
Department: Public Sector
Location: Cardinal Place/Paddington
I am currently studying Sociology at Bournemouth University, which proves that your degree choice doesn't necessarily matter when getting a job at Microsoft! I have lived in London my whole life, so I've had the fortunate opportunity of living at home this year surrounded by my closest friends and family. This opportunity has had such a positive impact on me, and I hope I can provide some valuable advice for all those wanting to gain the same experience.
I work within the education team and I'm involved with various marketing activities throughout the year. From the first day, I was put in charge of managing an area in the Cardinal Place offices called the Showcase Classroom. This area is a fun, immersive space where we host hands-on sessions aimed at teachers, to allow them to see how Microsoft technology can enhance teaching and learning. I am in charge of all the events we host in there - we have seen politicians, executives, and teachers from all around the world come and experience what we have to offer, and everyone seems to love it!
I have been a part of so many other cool and fun events and opportunities so far this year. The top highlights would have to be going to 10 Downing Street and meeting David Cameron for an 'Hour of Code' event, and working with the Microsoft UK Managing Director to produce a promotional video! I also helped managed the Microsoft stand at an event called BETT at the Excel, where over 12,000 people came on to our stand over the course of a week - it was pretty crazy but I had a great time!
Advice for the internship
I would firstly say don’t worry if you are not especially good with tech or if you don't really understand the tech industry. You pick things up super quickly when you start working here, and many of the roles don't require you to be a tech expert anyways.
When you first start, it is a good thing to find out from your manager who you might potentially work with throughout the year. Once you know who you might work with in the future, I think it's important to introduce yourself to them either in person, or through a friendly email. It's surprising how much of a positive impact this can have, and how helpful people can be when you first start. It also makes your life a lot easier further down the line when you know who to ask for specific things.
I would lastly say that you should keep reminding yourself to make the most out of the year you have at Microsoft. The year goes so quickly and some people can find themselves focusing too much on things that won’t be valuable to them in the long run. Make sure that you're constantly trying new things, saying yes to opportunities, pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, and trying to constantly learn and develop as much as possible. It is such an amazing experience, just make sure you make the most of it, and I'm sure you will have lots of fun along the way!