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An Intern's Experience - Beth Ryan

As a transfer student, who is working on completing an additional semester of college, I’ve been known to be pretty indecisive. What people typically don’t see is how much I have struggled with confidence. I remember being alone at the first college career fair I ever attended, feeling terribly anxious....until I met Ana Rojas - the first of many LaSalle pals I would have the privilege to work with.

Based on the depth of the initial conversations we had together, I understood that LaSalle was a staffing and recruiting firm. More importantly, I knew this was a company who treated everyone with respect, professionalism and empathy. What I didn’t realize at the time, was that choosing to pursue an internship at LaSalle Network would not only give me the opportunity to develop professionally, but also personally. Although I was apprehensive about my ability to perform as the only suburban recruiting intern, I was consistently provided with responsibilities that pushed me to achieve goals. Through this internship, I had the opportunity to grow by making mistakes and recognizing successes. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the support the amazing people at this company have for one another.

LaSalle Network has demonstrated just how influential their culture is time and time again. A sense of community has always been something near and dear to my heart (I attend a small school, and am also a student athlete). I had the chance to work with the healthcare, office services and customer service, and the accounting and finance teams in Oak Brook, as well as the Schaumburg office. Even though these groups operate unique compared to one another, what they have in common is team work.

I watched as coworkers went of their way to make suggestions and offer help to teammates who felt challenged. Every individual here genuinely wants to see others succeed. This is instilled from the top-down as well as latterly at LaSalle. Participation in daily, team-wide, and weekly company-wide meetings enforces strong dedication towards teamwork. Proactive behaviors such as these have created a driven environment of LaSallians who come together to solve problems creatively. Being a part of a professional setting that clearly illustrates the success of teamwork has shown me how powerful collaboration is. LaSalle’s teamwork clearly contributes to the success of the company, and in doing so, also fosters authentic relationships between coworkers, candidates and clients.

The most important piece of advice I’ve learned at LaSalle was to, ‘get comfortable with being uncomfortable.’ LaSalle has structured this internship in a way that allows interns to get out of it what they put into it. Having a positive attitude and paying attention to detail are both characteristics that helped me go the extra mile. Whether this meant using down time constructively, asking for more work,  or voicing my suggestions, I was able to progress substantially. As I approach the end of this internship, I can truthfully say that LaSalle Network has exceeded all of my expectations and that this experience has given me the confidence in myself I would have never thought imaginable.