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Celebrating Our Interns on National Intern Day

This year, July 30 marks National Intern Day, a time to honor all the hard work and commitment interns across the nation put in each day. To celebrate, we wanted to spotlight a few of our own interns to find out why they came to us and what they’ve taken away from the experience. Here we go!

 

 

NAME: Brian A.
SCHOOL, COURSE OF STUDY: University of Florida, Psychology with a specialization in Behavior Analysis
INTERNING DEPARTMENT: Human Resources since January 2020

 

 

How did you hear about Infinite Energy? And what made you want to come here?

Since starting at UF, I’ve stayed very involved in the Gainesville entrepreneurship community. Within that involvement, I’ve always known Infinite Energy as one of the most reputable companies here in Gainesville.

Tell us about your experience here so far.
As someone who is very involved in the entrepreneurship space, I’d never experienced what it was like to be in a company any larger than 20 people. This unique journey here has led me to so many realizations of what kind of work I want to be doing in the future. And the leadership is one of a kind, especially Darin and Rich (our co-CEOs). They present incredibly different and valuable traits that are tremendous assets to the company. But it’s not just them. I’ve been inspired by all the leadership here, and that’s been my favorite part. I got to see that leadership put into action with the company’s quick response to COVID-19, helping to ensure our health and safety.

Why are internships important?
They give you a glimpse of what it’s like to put your skills and education into action. You’re expected to learn, grow and develop, but you don’t have to have all the answers. I’ve learned what I value and what I’m good at—a lot of that focuses on research and project development. It’s awesome to look back on all that’s been done over the past few months.

What are your future plans?
I’m still in school and haven’t quite narrowed it down yet. But I know there’s a bright future ahead. I’m very excited for what’s to come, and I’m incredibly grateful to Infinite Energy for being such a big part of that journey.

 

 

NAME: Joey S.
SCHOOL, COURSE OF STUDY: University of Florida, Computer Science and Mathematics
INTERNING DEPARTMENT: Technology and Development, summer of 2017, spring of 2019—now full-time employee

 

 

How did you hear about Infinite Energy? And what made you want to come here?
I heard about Infinite Energy while attending UF’s career fair. Because I live here, it was a great way to gain technical experience close to home.

Tell us about your experience so far.
It’s been great! I enjoy coming into work every day. The culture is one of innovation and respect. I enjoy talking to all my coworkers, and they’re all very talented developers. The best part about being here is how much I get to learn. The company not only pays for me to get certifications, but the technology practices are very much cutting edge, allowing me to learn the latest trends in my field day to day. I’ve recommended the company to lots of people I know.

Why are internships important?
They teach you how to apply the concepts taught in the classroom to real life problems. And they let you feel out what type of company culture fits you best.

What are your future plans?
I plan on staying here for the foreseeable future, and I continue to look for opportunities for career advancement in the company.

 

 

NAME: Nick G.
SCHOOL, COURSE OF STUDY: Santa Fe College (Gator Engineering program through the University of Florida), Materials Science and Engineering
INTERNING DEPARTMENT: Middle Office, since 2018

 


How did you hear about Infinite Energy? And what made you want to come here?
My mom worked in Human Resources here for several years about 10 years ago. During that time, my oldest brother, Andy, was an intern. And my best friend’s stepfather, Joey B., works here, too. I’ve known about the company for a long time.

I was working at a local grocery store a couple of years ago when Joey asked me if I’d rather work for him here at Infinite Energy. An opportunity with that much experience was a for-sure take for a 17-year-old kid.

Tell us about your experience here so far.
It’s been one of the best experiences I could ever imagine in a work environment. They welcomed me with open arms—really made it feel like home. I love going to work every day and being able to make new memories. I’ve learned so much about the energy market. And I love how everyone knows when to be serious and when to get work done—these are my friends now, not just coworkers, and I’ve formed some lifelong bonds. I’d recommend this company above all others for future interns.

 Why are internships important?

I’ve gained experience working in a professional environment—boosted my computer skills and learned how professionals conduct themselves. Coming here as a 17-year-old kid, this job has helped me learn how adults handle business—and these adults, in particular, have a lot going for them. Shout out to Darin and Rich, especially, for always being such great people and loving their employees.

What are your future plans?
I want to finish my degree through UF, and then I plan to go into the oil and gas industry. I’d like to keep working here while I finish my degree.

 

 

NAME: Raymond S.
SCHOOL, COURSE OF STUDY: University of Florida, Law
INTERNING DEPARTMENT: Legal department since May 2020

 

 

How did you hear about Infinite Energy?
I heard about it through legal internship postings. I chose Infinite Energy because it’s local and because the internship pertained to corporate in-house legal issues, which I have an interest in.

 Tell us about your experience here so far.
So far, I’ve enjoyed it. Working with such a dynamic, friendly and cohesive team is highly rewarding. The emphasis on providing the best customer service, and the comradery among team members is more than a great business model. It really fosters a close community within the organization, and I have definitely seen that at Infinite. I would absolutely recommend Infinite to potential customers or employees.

Why are internships important?

They’re a great way to show how knowledge from the classroom is applied in practice. My legal research and drafting skills have quickly advanced here, and I enjoy the insight into everyday corporate legal issues.  I also appreciate the additional lessons provided by the executive team—great skills applicable to all manners of work.

What are your future plans?

I want to finish my last year of law school, pass the bar exam and begin a long and successful career as an attorney.

 

 

NAME: Ryan C.
SCHOOL, COURSE OF STUDY: University of Florida, Computer Science
INTERNING DEPARTMENT: IT department on and off since 2016

 

 

How did you hear about Infinite Energy?
I heard about Infinite Energy because someone told me they were handing out some really cool Post-It notes at their both at UF’s career showcase. I went to get one and ended up showing off my resume after finding out they were looking for software engineers. I’ve stayed because I was able to get my foot in the door to the software engineering industry and because I’ve been treated like a full team member, not just some guy who gets people coffee.

Tell us about your experience here so far.
My experience here has been overwhelmingly positive. I’m treated like a team member, and people care about answering my numerous questions. It’s a nice work family to see every day—we work hard, and we play hard. This is my first software job, so I haven’t known anything different, and I keep hearing from coworkers about how awful it can be at other jobs where you’re treated like a number. Here, I’m treated like a family member, not a machine. I highly recommend interning here.

Why are internships important?
They teach you how to apply what you learn in school to the real world. This is true, I believe, for most industries, but particularly true for software engineering. The field moves so quickly that it’s impossible to learn everything in school. And school can’t teach soft skills like communication. Internships provide a low-pressure way to get acclimated to the work environment. And, in fact, I’ve learned more in my internships than I have at school. This includes some technical skills, project management, working on a team and how to keep up with technical trends. It’s also showed me that there’s never one clear solution to a problem.

What are your future plans?
I plan on graduating with my master’s degree this fall and starting full-time work at Infinite Energy as a software engineer.

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