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Checking In With The Interns - Part Two of Two

12-Jul-2018

By: Stephen Donovan

Last week marks the halfway point for the Summer Internship Program. We checked in on the interns, and this is what they had to say.

What projects are you working on currently?

One project I am currently working on is the enrollment process for the benefits department. The project entails verifying eligibility of benefits for each employee. After verifying the eligibility of benefits, I can move forward with enrolling the dental, vision, medical and life insurance in their respective carriers. After that is complete, I can input deductions for the employees. From this project, I have been exposed to court orders and coding.

Other projects I assist with is the termination process of an employee, following protocol when an employee qualifies for the Family Medical Leave Act and inputting e-files into the employee management system (EMS). I have also experienced the recruiting and hiring processes, sat in interviews and traveled to Morgan City to assist with orientation.


What are some things you’ve learned from your projects and/or mentors so far?

Throughout these projects, I have learned the importance of keeping information confidential, working meticulously and being considerate of others. In HR, the department handles a variety of sensitive information; therefore, it is crucial that all information is put in precisely and double-checked. Although, one event that I specifically learned from is the selection process of a potential candidate. I observed that all employees involved in the recruiting process establish a sense of respect and trust when meeting to decide on a candidate to hire. The employees listen and value one another’s opinions. While working with my mentor and others, I have learned that being proactive, understanding and patient not only benefits me but the team as well. Having these traits is essential to having successful collaboration and communication, which reflects Danos’ efficient and healthy work environment.

 Which Danos High Performance Culture trait do you think describes you the most and why?

The Danos High Performance Culture trait that best describes me is "Bias to Action." During the internship, I took the initiative to meet with various employees in the HR department other than just my mentor to learn and assist them with any tasks that need to be completed. I take this initiative to learn as much as I can throughout the course of the internship. I believe that I have shown my coworkers my enthusiasm to learn and work ethic, and in response, I am able to do a multitude of job duties on my own.

What has working with your mentor been like?

My mentor has been a part of two transitions here at Danos, all while mentoring me, which has shown me how dedicated, willing, intelligent and well-balanced she is. She ensures that I understand the tasks that I have been assigned to and is never hesitant to explain what she is doing or to answer my questions. She has shown me to always strive to look for new ways to improve and work efficiently. My mentor always encourages me about the work I’m doing and provides me with weekly feedback about my progress.

What do you hope to take away from this experience at Danos?

From this internship with Danos, I hope to take away a new inspiration and love for my selected career path. So far, I have experienced endless opportunities to learn from various people in the HR department, which gives me a great indication on the type of company culture I aspire to work for in the near future. I also hope to obtain more knowledge about all aspects of HR, improve my problem-solving skills and put what I’ve learned from school into action. I also hope to become more innovative and more comfortable working in a professional business.


What projects are you working on currently?

I am working on a replacement for an internally-used bunkhouse booking program. It is similar to a hotel reservation system.

What are some things you’ve learned from your projects and/or mentors so far?

I’ve learned from my mentor about the database management that is a part of his daily work here at Danos. My project has furthered my knowledge of effective web development practices as well as sharpened my user experience design skills.

Which Danos High Performance Culture trait do you think describes you the most and why?

I believe the Danos High Performance Culture trait that describes me the most is “Willing to Challenge and Debate”. Having spent some time in my field of application development, I have come to understand the importance of best practices and proper-use cases. I am willing to bring the skills and philosophies that I have developed to the table in any environment, but only for the sake of improving outcomes.

What has working with your mentor been like?

Working with my mentor has been pleasant. He is mindful of the difference in our professional backgrounds and is always apt to find a middle-ground. He is also quick to impart mentor wisdom when the situation calls for it.

What do you hope to take away from this experience at Danos?

I hope to expand my perspective of this industry by analyzing this company and accounts of their various affiliates. By doing so I hope to make more informed decisions concerning my future career choices, decisions that are better aligned with my personal values.


What projects are you working on currently?

I’m currently working on a press release and a market research analysis of Danos customers by scanning their company website, social media, media coverage, customer and public relationships and services and comparing them to Danos. I’ve already completed similar profiles on Danos competitors, and I’ve written a few Pipeline articles.

What are some things you’ve learned from your projects/mentors so far?

Nicole has taught me how to narrow my focus and how to look at information with a marketing mind. Looking at information in a way that is relevant to my project’s purpose and keeping my main goal in mind are definitely things I’ve learned from working on my projects.

Which Danos High Performance Culture trait do you think describes you the most and why?

Being ‘Open to Change’ is the Danos trait I most align with because I strive to learn from those around me so that I can better improve my skill set and knowledge base in a way that benefits myself and those I work with.

What has working with your mentor been like?

Working with Nicole has been awesome. She’s extremely knowledgeable, creative and is a dynamic thinker. She’s always willing to answer any questions I have (which are many).

What do you hope to take away from this experience at Danos?

I hope to have gained a skill set and a knowledge of hands-on-experience that I can use for life in real world marketing and public relations work environments.


What projects are you working on currently?

I am currently involved in writing daily reports for the entire project at Williams 535 site with the aim of analyzing and creating ideas to improve data collection at the end.

What are some things you’ve learned from your projects and/or mentors so far?

A construction site is a very dynamic environment. Things pop up and change all of a sudden, but as part of the project management team I’ve seen the very innovative ways people deal with these roadblocks to get activities done on time.

Which Danos High Performance Culture trait do you think describes you the most and why?

It would have to my ability to empower teamwork to collaborate. There is so much new information that comes through the office on a daily basis and people often don’t get a chance to process and act on it on time or at all occasionally. I always make an effort to jump in and help out with this whenever I can and maybe find more efficient ways to move this information down the line.

What has working with your mentor been like?

My field mentor here (Brad Lemoine) has been very interesting to work with given he is also a recent LSU alumnus, and he has been very encouraging in getting me out to the field. He was extremely helpful in instructing me how to write the reports and understanding how the field operated.

What do you hope to take away from this experience at Danos?

It would have to be the ability to work with different people. Through interacting with sub-contractors, Danos employees and Williams (the customer), I’ve noticed how to approach a lot of different people in varying contexts for a myriad of reasons. It’s something I’m growing more and more accustomed to due to exposure.

Stephen Donovan

Stephen worked at Danos during the summer of 2018 as a marketing and communications intern in an effort to gain experience. He anticipates graduating from Nicholls State University in 2019 with a public relations degree.


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