InternCLE Episode 058 Progressive
Gabriel De Leon – University Relations Program Manager & Jane Shaw – IT Manager
Progressive is a household name in Cleveland, specifically in Mayfield Village. They employ about 43,000 across the company with over 10,000 here in the region. Progressive is truly a technology company that likes to sell insurance.
Hire about 80 interns a year, mostly In Accounting and STEM area. They hire from colleges across the region and beyond. Progressive hires out of their internship program.
IT Interns are assigned real life project and are paired up with a mentor. The mentor helps them acclimate to the company and provides them challenging work opportunities. The interns also have a side project, this is a business project to work on with other interns a couple of hours a week as an added challenge.
Progressive does round tables, lunch and learns and art tours of the building to get interns together and connected. Progressive understands the value of art when it comes to connecting people, generating conversations and creative inspiration.
The Progressive team goes out of their way to introduce the interns to Cleveland. From baseball games, hiking in the Metroparks and touring on Lolly the Trolley are examples of past events Progressive has executed for the interns. This year, they had Linked In provide programming for the interns virtually. At the end of the summer, Progressive sent all their interns a “Cleveland” Care package.
Technologies mentioned on the show – Angular - Angular is a platform and framework for building single-page client applications using HTML and TypeScript. Angular is written in TypeScript. .Net - - .NET is a free, cross-platform, open source developer platform for building many different types of applications. AWS - Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a secure cloud services platform, offering compute power, database storage, content delivery and other functionality to help businesses scale and grow. Object Oriented - Object-oriented programming (OOP) is a programming paradigm based on the concept of "objects", which can contain data and code: data in the form of fields, and code, in the form of procedures.
The Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Internship Summit brings together business community representatives and educators to discuss how to increase and improve internship opportunities in Northeast Ohio through a range of panels and conversations. The virtual event will be held on February 24, 2021. To register, please visit www.gcpintern.com/2021.
Special thanks to Jessica Colombi for the introduction to this amazing Internship team! Jessica is the Executive Director of Career Services at Cleveland State – to learn more about what Cleveland State is doing in the internship space listen to her interview on the podcast here.