Everything SAP does as a business software company and employer is focused around improvement and innovation and I cannot wait to share how I have also come to adopt this mindset. Additionally, I would like to showcase all the professional and personal growth I have experienced in just the short amount of time that I have been at the company, more specifically at the SAP Design group in Palo Alto. Check out the wonderful user experience related events and projects I have been a part of at SAP and where I see future self-development.
Highlights of My First Two Months
- Earlier this summer, Iwas able to participate in the SAP IxP internshipday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. (Shout out to the SAP iXp for being recognized as the best internship program according to WayUp). The event was an amazing experience to meet other interns and really delve deep into SAP culture and products. This event made me feel included in the SAP community andallowed me to see into the vision SAP has for the next generation of innovative and brilliant thinkers. Of course, I learned a lot about the products and markets of SAP but I also gained a sense that I am special and have in their terms a “secrete sauce” that makes me a unique part of the company.
- I have been helping Julia (video expert on my team) and the UX Engineering team create subtitles and draft blogs for a SAP Fiori elements campaign. This project has really exposed me to other areas of content creation with text. My understanding of the importance of communication and writing has been brought to another level by helping with projects that I would not normally associate with writing.
- I was able to help with a design thinking workshop at the Hanahaus, a community workspace bringing the best aspects of café and coworking culture together. Truthfully, I did not know much about design thinking, but I learned that design affects every aspect of our lives. It is integral to the social media platforms people are addicted with to the way people buy stuff online. Our perception of the world is heavily influenced by design and the user experience.
- My favorite weekly event is playing soccer with my coworkers on Tuesdays. It has been a great way to network and meet other people from different departments. Playing soccer has shown me that networking is not only meeting a large quantity of people but also creating quality relationships. I found that networking is spending time outside of work to connect with my coworkers. It is being able to work together to score a goal or play as a team to achieve a shared objective of winning.
A Bit About ME!
My name is Elizabeth Hoo and I am interning for the SAP Design Creative Lab team. During the last few years, I found that I am extremely fascinated by the technology and IT industry, but I am also passionate about writing. My passion for writing is so integral in my identity and my future that my major is English. Therefore, as I entered into my senior year, it was crucial to me that I found an internship position that would be in my ideal industry and where I would be able to create and edit text. Additionally, I wanted to be close to home for the summer and have the ability to work from school.
Interning at SAP with the Creative Lab team to produce content is the ideal combination of all of my criteria. The Creative Lab team main role is to manage and create both written and video content for the SAP UX community, while also handling SAP Design social media channels’ such as Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. I enjoy the large scope of responsibility the team has because I am able to work on a wide variety of projects and tasks that are related to content creation. Since starting my role, I have found that this opportunity aligns perfectly with my current interests and future aspirations.
Team Member Instead of Intern
A large take away from this experience has been that individuals at SAP are constantly seeking new ways to improve. I always feel like my input and thoughts are valued and considered. My edits and recommendations are important to the team and I do not feel like an intern but rather an integral member of the team. My team members are so constructive and caring about their criticism and advice that I feel free to provide my thoughts in a similar manner. I feel like there is still more growth ahead of me as I continue in my internship. I believe that there is always room for more improvement and my colleagues are guiding me to be a better communicator and strengthen my writing skills.
I am looking forward to seeing what is to come in the next few months. Stay tuned as I share a bit about my personal experience in my blog series.
The article originally appeared on the SAP User Experience Community: https://experience.sap.com/skillup/the-truth-about-interning-at-sap-the-beginning-of-a-journey/