On the morning of May 19, I joined 37 other interns for a 12-week summer internship at Premier, Inc. During orientation, I wondered how our diverse backgrounds (information technology, engineering, business and healthcare) could come together to unlock our potential in the “real world.”
But the keys to our success were right in front of us – Premier’s 4 core values.
Passion for performance
I quickly found out that backgrounds didn’t matter when it came to passion about our work. Weekly “lunch-and-learn” sessions showed us how a passion for transforming healthcare is a part of daily life at Premier (the free snacks helped)!
Even though we had individual projects (I worked as a writer/editor for Premier’s Economic Outlook publications), we were all striving to make contributions to Premier’s members, and in turn, the health of communities.
This was a mission we had undoubtedly become passionate about.
Although each of us had our own work, the best opportunities for innovation came from unexpected collaborations.
Meara Coy (a project management intern in IT) was able to collaborate with Tim Heatherington and Kelly Martin (other interns in different IT departments) to map databases to servers and business lines. By working together, they were able to create a database that IT can use in the future.
I also was able to collaborate with Emily Phipps (an operations improvement intern) to build a program that automates emails according to a database of Outlook customers, a process that will save my team extra hours of work!
The real world offers challenges every day. And as a newcomer, it takes time to learn how to overcome these challenges effectively and quickly. Spending my summer in a fast-paced environment helped me learn that saying “I don’t know” or “I was wrong” is important. I learned to trust my gut and take ownership of my work.
Focus on people
In my role, I was in constant communication with Premier’s subject matter experts, member hospitals and outside industry leaders. Many of my fellow interns were even able to work within a hospital! This made our work feel meaningful because it touched someone on the front lines of healthcare.
Focusing on people also means serving others. During our first month, we had a team-building day at Trips for Kids Charlotte, where we built bicycles for deserving children. Coming together for a great cause, while also participating in some friendly competition, was a great way to get out of the office and into the community for a day!
By being able to come together during the summer, I realized that we were not only co-workers but friends. Premier’s internship program allowed us to celebrate the successes of others and make the most of our time together. From Charlotte Knights baseball games to dinner in the funky NoDa area of Charlotte, we explored the city and created new friendships that will last a lifetime.
A summer to remember
Looking back, these 4 values drove everything we did as interns this summer, just like they drive the work that Premier’s employees do every day. Premier provided a fantastic experience that allowed me to sharpen my skills, explore new interests and ultimately unlock my potential.