College Meets Corporate: Onboarding Academy Sets Gartner Interns up for a Summer of Success

By: Rachel Garner, Conference Production Intern: Logistics

With sunny days filled with ice cream truck visits, executive speaker series and volunteer outings on the horizon, it is clear that it is that time of year again. This summer, Gartner is welcoming its largest internship program cohort in its history. My fellow interns and I have snagged the opportunity to work with not just a company, but an agent for change in the world of research, consulting and global conferences. We’ve wrapped up an interactive week of training filled with networking lunches, panel sessions led by executive leadership, tours of the campus and more! Now, buckle your seatbelts as I take you behind the scenes of this action-packed week of training!

As a second-year intern, I was eager to see how this summer would differ from the last. After laptop and IT training, I, along with seven other conference production interns, embarked on the Intern Onboarding Academy, a new addition to the intern training program at the Stamford office, planned and implemented by Whitney Libby, Sr. Director of Conference Operations.

This is now the fourth year of the North American internship program, and, as Whitney explained, “Gartner continues to grow in numbers and evolve the program based on intern feedback. The pilot academy took best practices from other parts of the business in terms of approach and tailored the content to the unique needs within Conference Production. We’re excited about what this means for our business and our talent pipeline as we continue to set people up for success in Conferences.”

We started the academy off with icebreakers to get to know our fellow interns, followed by panel discussions consisting of guest speakers who comprise the senior leadership teams here at the Stamford office. During lunch, we had opportunities to continue these conversations through a ‘Lunch and Network’ session, designed to not only provide us with professional insights, but also with some friendly faces to know around the office. This was very helpful for both new and returning interns at such a large company!

As the days and the program continued, we dove deep into Gartner knowledge, including subjects like Gartner’s value proposition, conference strategy, priorities and objectives for the rest of the calendar year, the composition and focuses of various teams, and preparation for our on-site experience! As an intern team, we are excited to be on-site at Security & Risk Management Summit in National Harbor, MD this summer. We feel very fortunate for this opportunity to get hands-on event management experience while working alongside the best in the business! Our summer is certainly off to a great start!


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