Logitech Summer Communication Internship—Palo Alto, California
Do you remember the world before the invention of the computer mouse? Logitech does. When the company was first founded in Switzerland, the computer mouse became their first product to hit the market. Since then, they’ve expanded into building all sorts of peripheral devices for technology devices, from keyboards to iPad cases and beyond. With home right in the heart of Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA, the company has embraced the tech world’s concept of design-led development. This involves thinking outside of the box and embracing a diversity of opinions and ideas. So leave the traditional tech company model behind.
What it’s actually like
The role of the communications intern follows two axes of responsibility. Half of the position focuses on internal employee engagement. The other half centers on external product communication. The intern is responsible for internal messaging around these roles and cross-collaborating with various departments within Logitech to expand the employee social media platform and plan potential events for employee enjoyment. The intern will also need to develop Logitech’s brand and public image through use of various social media tools, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Finally, the intern must communicate with Logitech divisions internationally to explore regional trends in public branding.
Cool stuff you get to do
Ever dreamed of living and working among top international tech companies in Silicon Valley? You’ll get to meet with top members of the Logitech team, including the CEO and VP, in a one-on-one meeting. Take the opportunity to ask them about their experiences in the industry and the steps they took to get them to the top. You’ll also get to test out new products Logitech plans to push out to the public and submit user feedback before they hit the market. Logitech wants their interns and employees to use initiative and develop their own projects. “I started the Logi Pride group, and co-founded the College Ambassador program,” said 2016 summer intern and Colorado College senior Niyanta Khatri. “Logitech really supported me in setting up these endeavors.”
What you’ll learn
Logitech’s internship will give you an in-depth understanding of how to create, maintain and extend social media campaigns and platforms. Plus, you’ll learn how to function professionally in a high-paced top-of-the-industry company, taking on personal responsibilities and proposing your own projects. And with today’s interconnected world, learning to communicate across continents, time zones, cultures and even languages will prove invaluable.
How to prepare for your application
Get yourself a top-notch LinkedIn profile. The best way to apply for the summer communications intern position is through LinkedIn, because the portal lets you see recruiters’ professional experiences and allows you to directly communicate with them. So make sure that all your relevant work experiences and references are uploaded ready for them to see. After contacting your recruiter, the application process typically takes about three months, through a four-step process of phone calls with various employees at Logitech. You might even get flown out to California to meet your potential team.
Skills that impress them
You’ll want to show off your graphic design skills. So when you say you can work with Photoshop and Illustrator on your resume, you better mean it. Photography is a plus, but you’ve also got to be a strong writer. The ability to hustle and take initiative is key along with interpersonal and communicative skills.
Free products! “One time I won a UE Boom speaker at a employee raffle. Five hundred staff were entered and I got it. The speaker is worth $300! I was pretty psyched”, said Khatri. Once you’ve tested out that new speaker, you get to keep it. Logitech also runs a Speakeasy series for their employees. Each week a new speaker from various tech companies and beyond comes to present on their field of expertise.
- 40 hours per week
- Paid, $27 per hour
- Typically spans three months over the summer, but can be negotiated
- Housing not provided
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