After a great semester, last week we bid farewell to our spring interns at Discovery Communications (as we get ready for a wonderful new group to join us in June). In our final Meet the Interns profile, we’ll introduce you to Andres Gomez, a second-year Master of Arts candidate at Hofstra University. He is currently studying Industrial and Organizational Psychology and has been enjoying his time this semester with the Human Resources Learning & Development team. (We’d also like to give a big thanks to Mark DiGiammarino, our intern, who has taken the lead on our Meet the Interns series. Congrats on your graduation and best of luck!)
Why did you apply to intern with Discovery?
I applied to intern with Discovery because I was interested in gaining some valuable experience in the field of Human Resources. I also wanted to get a feel for working for a large and very successful organization. After all, Discovery is the #1 nonfiction media company in the world — it would have been foolish of me not to jump on the opportunity!
How did your friends and family react when you told them you were selected to intern with Discovery?
My family was very excited that such a great opportunity had come my way. Although some of my friends and colleagues couldn’t help but be a little jealous, they were happy and excited for me.
Tell us about one of the projects you are currently working on.
I am working on several projects, but one of the most exciting is a new training course designed to help managers develop the needed skills to have effective career development conversations with their direct reports. In the process of doing so, I interviewed members from the Total Compensation team and reviewed existing courses within Discovery’s Global Banding Program. This project helped me to develop my interpersonal skills by allowing me to work directly with HR professionals. I also drafted content for a training program that will actually be used here at Discovery!
What has been your favorite aspect of your internship with Discovery so far?
I like the culture of Discovery Communications here in New York. The people are very friendly and welcoming, and it’s clear that it is an environment that fosters individual growth and employee satisfaction.
What is one goal you sought to accomplish during your time at Discovery?
I set out to accomplish a task that would offer a meaningful contribution to the Learning & Development team in the small amount of time I would be interning with them and, in the end, I created a system to track employee completion of the Professional Growth Program curriculum. This not only helps the Learning & Development team, but will allow employees in the PGP to track their professional development and course completions. I am very proud of this project because I had a large amount of autonomy and was able to complete the project from start to finish.
For more information about internships and careers and Discovery Communications, make sure to visit careers.discovery.com!