is part of a blog series from CommScope interns. The series will share
experiences from students as they apply classroom learnings to real-world
challenges in the workplace.
of positive things come to mind when I reflect upon my internship experience at
CommScope. First, I shared many
experiences with my fellow interns and learned
several engineering lessons. Furthermore, beyond just learning how to
better apply my academic knowledge to solve engineering problems, I also
learned how to better navigate a truly professional environment. That part doesn’t
sound nearly as glamorous, but in some ways, it is more important! I now have
an appreciation for how impactful
company culture can be.
CLICK TO TWEET: For one CommScope intern, company culture matters.
As a Division-I
football player that has had three head coaches in three years, I’ve
experienced the gambit of team cultures and all that they have to offer. I have
seen coaches change people and communities for the better, especially now that I’m
part of the University of Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck’s HYPRR/”Row The Boat” culture. What’s my point? Even though I’m not
a certified expert on team cultures, I have seen enough to know where they can
go right and where they can go wrong, and what impact that can have on the whole
This brings me back to CommScope. While
CommScope’s culture is not as loud and noticeable as the HYPRR culture, it is
still there and still greatly impacts every member of the company. During my
very first day at CommScope, I heard the words innovation, agility, and integrity possibly as much as I hear the
phrase, “row the boat” now. Hearing these words is one thing, but what really
impressed me is that I continually saw efforts made on both a corporate and
personal level to make sure these values were enacted.
example, my managers were incredibly agile in the way they handled my NCAA-driven
schedule that effectively had me working two full-time jobs. Never did I
experience a real problem with making my two responsibilities mesh together.
Additionally, I was always treated honestly, but respectfully. Sometimes I received
feedback or directions that I didn’t want
to hear, but that I needed to hear. As a result, CommScope and I were made
and most importantly to me, I was given the opportunity to make meaningful
innovations within the company. I was given real work that required real thought
and had real impact on the company. I was pushed and encouraged to find
innovative solutions to real engineering problems.
I hope that it is now clear
that without CommScope’s strong company culture, my internship could easily
have been a terrible experience rather than the truly elite one that it was. I
now know that without a well-defined and well-executed culture, no group - be
it a company or a football team - can thrive and grow. I truly believe this
lesson will continue to serve me throughout my adult life, and I could not be
more grateful to CommScope for helping to provide it.