Last Week at Esri

Blog Post created by EHienrich-esristaff Employee on Jul 25, 2017

Wow. Wow is all I have to say for the fact that it is my last week here at Esri. I am heartbroken that my internship has come to an end. It has been an incredible experience and I cannot believe it has already been 3 months. I guess time really does fly when your having fun. I don't even know where to start but I will start with what made my internship the absolute best: my team. They have been the most inspirational and helpful people I have ever met.

They constantly challenge me and encourage me to do my best. They always have my back and I truly believe they will continue to even after my internship is over. I don't want this internship to end because I don't want my time as a Customer Advocate to be over. But as the head of our team, Kirsten says: "once an avocado always an avocado". That's what they- I mean we; call ourselves. Kirsten has been such a bright light for me, always brightening up my mood, sending out encouraging vibes for me, and always wishing me well on a daily basis.Katie is always there for a good laugh, shes super sweet and is always helpful whenever I have needed it. Scott and I still have laughs about my interview where I misheard his question and answered completely differently to what he was asking me... He has helped me progress my team for the Intern Hackathon by providing us with helpful advice in our time of need. Kory  has given me the chance to help him with his enhancement request follow ups project. This was one of my favorite projects while here because I learned so much trying to help teach others about what ArcGIS Pro has to offer. And last, but most definitely not least; my mentors. I don't even know what the first thing I should say about them is, except that they are so incredibly outstanding. I don't even feel that those words are high enough praise for them- they deserve much more. They have motivated me so much consistently throughout the past 3 months. Thomas has always been there to lend a helping hand whenever I need. He lifts up my mood and encourages me that I can do it- like trying to master ArcGIS Enterprise. He is always there for a good laugh and catch up and genuinely cares about what I have been up to over the weekend. Nana has been beyond anything I could ever imagine. I told him once that he reminds me of my dad in the sense that he doesn't express that he is proud of you but you always know that he is; and when he does express it he goes above and beyond. Nana has really challenged me the most during this internship. He always believes in me that I can figure it out for myself but if I don't I know he will be there to help guide me. My team- if you ever find yourself reading this; thank you. Thank you for everything you have done for me- you have truly changed my life for the better. 


I always hear from people how boring or how much their hate their internship, and I can never ever understand such a thing. Sure my internship has had its highs and lows too, but the highs outweigh the lows so much, that it's hard to even remember some of the low moments. The lowest would have probably been the User Conference week when my whole team was gone for the whole week, but that was just because I missed them. haha. 


Anyway, in conclusion. Thank you to everyone who has made me being here possible. Thank you to Corianne and Leslie (the head of the interns) for choosing me for this Customer Advocacy team - you truly knocked it out of the park. A special shoutout to Sami for making me feel incredibly welcome the first few weeks when there were no other interns in my building. And a huge shoutout to my fellow support interns Adan, Julia, Mikayla, and Thao. You guys have been amazing and thanks for being a friend to me- I cant wait to see where we all go in life!  Thanks to my team again. 


This wont be the last of me at Esri.. that's for sure!