By : Yvonne Whitaker
August 31, 2018 08:00 AM
NCR knows that our success as a company and in the community is dependent on the skills and leadership of talented employees bringing new ideas to fuel our innovation. This is why NCR’s University Relations Program has had a strong presence throughout our 130+ year history. With NCR’s recent move to Midtown Atlanta and new Global Headquarters, attracting the future of our workforce has become a top focus. From recruiting new graduates to creating top-tier internship and co-op programs, NCR’s University Relations Program has one word in mind – GROWTH. In fact, participants in our programs have nearly tripled from 2017 to 2018 and the growth is expected to continue into 2019 for both full-time and intern opportunities.
Summer Internship Program
This summer our largest intern class, comprised of 161 interns from 17 universities, joined us at our global headquarters to learn about our business, solutions and services. Working with teams across all lines of NCR’s business, the students immersed themselves in our culture and their work.
Near the end of the Summer Internship Program, our intern class had the opportunity to highlight their projects and areas of focus at the 2018 Intern Expo. The gallery-style event was nothing short of iNCRedible. The summer interns showcased 118 projects which included details about their work, how it adds value to our business and how they have helped us make the everyday easier for both internal and external customers. From cost reduction to improved efficiency, coding projects to creative branding, these students did an excellent job sharing their expertise, skills and dedication.
Being Involved and Giving Back to the Community
Another highlight from our Summer Internship Program was creating opportunities to leverage their talent and technical skills to give back to the local community. Our NCR interns partnered with three local non-profit organizations – Hollis Bridge, Horizons at Georgia Tech, and UGA Destination Dawgs – to plan fun, engaging events.
At the Hollis Bridge summer program, NCR interns helped the students code and design their own robots. During the Horizons at Georgia Tech program, the students were tasked with creating prototypes of innovative technologies that can make the world a better and safer place. NCR interns then served as field experts during the revision process to help students think critically about their ideas and give a few tips of the trade. Other interns spent the day with the UGA Destination Dawgs program, a program that helps students with intellectual disabilities gain skills for self-determination, independent living, and career development.
In the last few weeks of the Summer Internship Program, interns were given an opportunity to leave a lasting mark on a local organization through a $5,000 grant – given by NCR Foundation in honor of the ‘Summer 2018 Intern Class’. The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Hospital School Program was the non-profit partner recipient. At the end of summer celebration at Atlanta’s Skyline Park, interns presented a $5,000 check to CHOA - a tangible impact made by the iNCRedible interns in the final days of their NCR summer experience.