(Indianapolis) – Allowing summer interns at a company is no new concept. In most cases interns gain experience while providing an extra hand for the company. Mundell & Associates, however, has added their own little twist to the typical internship program.
For over nine years, Mundell and Associates has encouraged two different intern programs. One group of interns, known as the technical interns, work alongside with the environmental professionals in the office. They work on completing tasks from field work to modeling needed for a project.
The second group of interns is the Economy of Communion (EoC) interns. The EoC is a part of Mundell’s social mission, along with over 850 businesses, to come together in order to make a difference worldwide. These Interns contribute to the company by working on projects for the promotion of well-being inside and outside the company. This past year the interns focused on promoting productivity in the office.
Interns (both technical and EoC) are able to stay at one of the two intern houses provided by the company. These houses are in walking distance from the company and each other. It offers the interns a chance to enhance their experience of being in America by not only working in an American business but living the lifestyle as well.
The interns of the past summer included technical interns Nick Williams from DePaul University and Doreen Wong who is currently a graduate student at Duke University. The EoC interns were Ruben Solera from Spain, Danieli Scherer from Brazil and Ines Do Vale from Portugal.
Upon reflecting on her time spent at Mundell, Do Vale said, “Here I felt a sense of community in the work environment. I saw that [the community] is so powerful, not only within the itself but also with the others around it.”
Do Vale arrived early July and left for Portugal mid-September. While her time was short, it was enough for her to gain skills that will last her for years to come. “I am sure the technical knowledge will be very important in my career as a future environmental engineer” Do Vale said, “Wherever I will be working, I plan to try living the EoC Values that I had an opportunity to learn here. I think they make a difference.”
Things get a little quiet around the office when the interns one by one return to their respective locations, but the pictures, stories and culture of each intern remains.
Pictured above: Technical intern Doreen Wong and EoC Interns Danieli Scherer and Ines Do Vale stand in front of one of the intern houses provided by Mundell and Associates.