Name: Kelly T.
Job Title: Cristo Rey Internship, Human Resources
The high school I attend, Cristo Rey St. Martin High School, offers all of its students the opportunity to participate in a Corporate Work Study program. Through the program, every student gets placed at a partner corporation to work as an intern at that company. Based on my testing, I was lucky enough to be placed at Discover, where I get to work one day a week and one Friday a month. The money we earn from our internships goes toward our high school tuition.
Keeping it fresh in Human Resources.
Because Human Resources is such a large department at Discover, every day is different—but I like that because it keeps things fresh. I often support HR’s immigration team, helping deliver important information to employees who Discover sponsor to work here. This information can be time sensitive and may impact their work status in the United States.
Some days I work just on immigration matters, other days I get to help with marketing initiatives for the Discover recruiting team, and other days I’m focused on our annual intern project for the Corporate Work Study program.
Preparing for the future.
Discover has helped me expand my knowledge and understanding of the corporate world beyond high school. Through my experience at Discover, I’ve been able to greatly improve my communication, networking skills, presentation skills and, most importantly, it’s taught me how to problem solve. I feel more prepared for college and other career opportunities I may have in the future. Discover treats me like an adult and offers me experience to overcome real life challenges that I will undoubtedly face later on.
What sets Discover apart for you?
The Human Resources department is all about people. The diversity each of us brings by just being ourselves is what makes the culture so special. Discover doesn’t exclude me just because I’m in high school, the people I work with let me bring ideas to the table and help me execute on what I feel is important in a project or a task.
Volunteerism is also one of the core values at Discover that I appreciate most and was able to experience by volunteering with Discover. At a volunteer event, I helped build bikes for foster kids. It was an amazing and fun experience that allowed me to meet new people from different departments. It was also fun because while we were building the bikes, we got to listen to music.
I think it’s really fun here, and I love the people. Discover tries everything, different ways of doing things and innovating. I like how open-minded Discover is and how it accepts people with different religions and backgrounds. It really is a great place to work.