An Intern Perspective: Ashley Brunner
Aside from the wonderful benefits and the extraordinary workplace Arthrex has to offer to all its employees, Arthrex also provides an exceptional internship and co-op program for students working toward a successful future in the workforce. This year, Arthrex has hired 88 interns/co-ops in Florida and six in California to help enhance students’ professional careers and networks.
I am currently an intern on the content team in the Corporate Communications department at Arthrex but have been involved with Arthrex since high school when I first shadowed the Marketing department. Years later, I am now going into my senior year of college and finishing up my second internship at Arthrex. When starting off as a freshman at the University of South Florida, I had no idea what I wanted my major to be. With the opportunities available at Arthrex; I was able to obtain two separate internships within two unique and fast-paced departments that helped me decide to declare a major in Marketing as well as a minor in Mass Communications.
As an intern, I’ve been given the opportunity to have many beneficial experiences that I will be able to take with me as I enter the real world post-graduation. I attended the “7 Habits of Highly Successful People” two-day course, assisted the Meetings and Events team with summer family fun events, attended the 8th and 9th Annual Intern Luncheons and interned within both the Marketing and Corporate Communications departments. Being that this is my second internship at Arthrex, it’s clear that something keeps drawing me back. My internships at Arthrex have been something out of a dream. I have been given unlimited opportunities and hands-on training with people who encouraged and challenged me to make me the best person both personally and professionally.
During my time at Arthrex I have experienced so much variety — from internal communications, posting on social media, writing content for the Intranet, working with marketing software, editing pictures for last year’s pet calendar fundraiser, redesigning the employee gallery wall, assisting in new hire onboarding and communicating with international vendors, Arthrex has exposed me to everything. It has been so rewarding to be able to utilize what I have learned while working towards my degree and also being constantly educated on the medical industry.
Arthrex held its 9th Annual Intern Luncheon on July 11 to recognize and celebrate interns and co-ops from all departments. It’s always an event to look forward to as I am able to reunite with people I met during orientation and share the excitement of the work I have been conquering, meet new interns and be recognized for the many different roles we all serve here at Arthrex. That’s the thing I love most about Arthrex— that interns are treated as equals, just like everyone else working to support Arthrex in Helping Surgeons Treat Their Patients Better™.
Arthrex held another great event this summer that gave current interns and co-ops the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with a panel of employees. Interested interns and co-ops were able to ask employees from different departments questions about things such as potential Arthrex career opportunities, employment background, facility or department expansions, information on new products and procedures and more.
Arthrex has given me so much more from an internship than I could have ever imagined it would and I would highly recommend their intern program to other students looking to accelerate their corporate career.