While interns of days past may have done plenty of coffee-fetching, it isn’t in the cards for the interns at DocuSign. In June, we kicked off our summer internship program, and hired approximately 60 sharp-minded college students to work in our Seattle and San Francisco offices.
Our goal as a company was to take the typical intern program and kick it up a notch. Over the course of several months, our interns wouldn’t just gain valuable work experience, but would have access to one-on-one mentorship, and an executive speaker series designed to applicable, real-life business advice. Dan Springer, CEO, Amy Skeeters-Behrens, director of DocuSign IMPACT, and Michael Erisman, VP of global human resources, all spoke at the series. The presentations also featured Ella Dillon, VP of customer service, Eric Johnson, CIO and Eric Fleischman, chief architect and VP of platform engineering.
“We want to make sure our interns get exposure into DocuSign as a company and how we do what we do. We want to provide an insider’s view and a real immersion into the DocuSign culture. On the flip side, we want to make sure they gain relevant skills so they can accelerate their careers and learn what they want to do and work on projects that align to the degree they’re pursuing,” said our Manager of Talent Ops and Programs, Patrick McDonnell.
Each and every intern is also assigned a mentor on the team they’re working with. The mentor is there to help with day-to-day questions and to offer advice and guidance.
All permanent, full-time Docusign hires start off their employment with an orientation session called “Discovering DocuSign.” “We also provide our interns with a mini ‘Discovering DocuSign,’” said McDonnell. “We have quick introductions to make sure our interns can meet one another — and we try to make sure as many interns start on the same day as possible.” The orientation also includes former DocuSign interns who come in to do a speaking panel and answer any questions the new interns may have.
While the intern program is officially 12 weeks long, the goal is to provide interns with the long-term benefits of being truly immersed in company culture and exposure to our business model. This is where DocuSign UP (University Program) comes in. This program hires, trains, and develops the future leaders of DocuSign. “By hiring interns and new grads of all backgrounds, we enable our company to thrive as new generations shape the workplace,” said McDonnell. Perhaps, even, within DocuSign itself: “One hope is that they’ll consider us as a future full-time employer,” said McDonnell.
Interested in working at DocuSign? Take a look at our careers page here.