[WORK] To start off, I had an extremely supportive team. My mentor and manager were always available for help, even outside working hours when I needed last-minute help on my presentation. Project-wise, I got more responsibilities than I imagined. The complexity of my project was outstanding and challenged me like never before. Despite some long hours, I found it rewarding and beneficial for personal growth. I also gained great exposure to higher-level leadership: how great of a feeling is it when you walk up the stairs, see the CEO, say hi to him and he remembers your name and school?
DISH also did a wonderful job at exposing us to the operations and ideals as a whole. I was never confined to only what I was working on or whom I was working with, but developed a holistic understanding of the DISH business by having coffee chats and lunches with other departments. The whole experience was very enriching.
[LOCATION] Denver is such a fun city and you will never be bored. Every weekend I went out with other interns for different adventures, such as 14er hikes and whitewater rafting. The breathtaking scenery and the activeness can really help you stay healthy (while having tons of fun rather than being stuck in a gym) and de-stress.
[PEOPLE] This is my favorite part about the internship: I feel so lucky to have met every one of the colleagues and interns, and to spend an unforgettable 10-week adventure with them. My entire department consisted of the most supportive and caring people I've worked with, which made saying goodbye so difficult and emotional in the end.
Most interns chose to stay in company-provided housing, so hanging out with each other everyday helped us develop strong bonds. You'll make wonderful, bright, and possibly life-time friends here.
This is more of a suggestion than a con: DISH may not work for you if you see no reward in challenging work and you dislike risk-taking. So yes, although cliched, the cultural fit is important. You might not be happy here if you don't click with the PAW (Pride, Adventure, Winning).
Advice to Potential Interns
Enjoy what you do and/or who you are working with. If not, maybe it's time to look for another place.