Bringing design thinking to the healthcare industry

This is part of an ongoing series highlighting MMM summer internship experiences. Name: Alyssa Lorenz Industry: Medical Devices Company: Johnson & Johnson Function: New Product Development / Global Strategic Marketing Location: Cincinnati, Ohio I have always been passionate about health and wellness, and I’ve recently become interested in using design thinking to create patient-centered solutions that improve health… Continue reading

Reflecting on my summer internship | MBA Learnings

I was very curious about the graduate student internship experience. After a few years of work experience as a full-timer, I figured it might be a bit strange to go back with the intern badge. I also wondered what elements of my approach to work would be different after a year in business school.

First up, wearing the intern badge wasn’t strange at all. It helped that we had about 25 other MBA interns as part of our intern class this summer at LinkedIn. In fact, it regularly felt like a place of privilege – we were treated incredibly well, and I regularly felt very fortunate to be given the opportunity to do what I was doing.

My approach to work did feel different. Here are three things that stood out:

Free lunch and ping pong don’t make a culture

I never wanted to be one of those people that took pictures of their food and texted it to others. But while interning at LinkedIn this summer, I became one of them. It started slowly … a picture here to my family, a picture there to my classmates. But soon my addiction to culinary-related sharing was out of control. Everyone had to know about the sushi I ate for lunch, all playfully captioned with “did I mention it’s free?”

Such a shameless parading of perks is fun, especially when you work in technology for the summer. But when does the glossy finish of “free” begin to fade? The answer is quickly. Free lunches and ping pong alone do not create a culture — at least not a great one and not by default. I’ll give you three reasons why that’s the case.