The quality of the people in the internship class.
The access to executive leadership.
The willingness of other full-time employees to take time out of his or her day to speak with us.
The number of events planned by the LDP program.
The number of organic events that our internship class created.
The "extracurricular activities" our internship class organized on nights and weekends.
Not all projects were created equal which really made it difficult to compare experiences and get everyone together. Some had very light projects that gave them a lot of free time while others worked around the clock to complete their primary project.
Advice to Potential Interns
10-12 weeks gives you plenty of time to connect with employees in different parts of the organization so that you can make a well-educated decision on whether or not to return next year. The people are extremely approachable, and the transparency they give you regarding the realities of the organization is priceless. If someone is looking for a large organization that allows you the flexibility to work across functional areas (marketing, strategy, operations, finance, etc.) and/or business units (consumer, B2B, wireless, wireline, etc.) , AT&T is the perfect landing spot.
Sample Interview Questions
If someone stood up to reflect on you during your retirement party, what would they say about you?
Are you flexible to relocate?
Who are your role models?
Advice to Management
Make employment offers competitive with what is being earned at Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc. AT&T compares itself to these organizations, so it is only reasonable to assume that any offer received from AT&T would be comparable to these other companies.