Adrien W. Feudjio Temgoua
Class of 2016, B.S. Electrical Engineering
IT Engineer (Intern)
Cisco Systems, Inc.
I got an opportunity to intern at Cisco Systems, Inc. as an IT Engineer from an NSBE (National Association of Black Engineers) Career Event in Pitts-burg. A month later, I received a call from HR who gave me a thirty minutes phone interview to know how intentional I was to work for Cisco. Then, after a couple of weeks, I had to take a video interview which was centered on my technical skills, personal strengths, and weaknesses. After successfully going through these interviews, I received an offer from Cisco and Corning. I decided to go with Cisco due to several suggestions and searches on my own.
When the Spring Semester was over, I departed to RTP, North Carolina where the internship took place. The first-two weeks were not very easy as I had to get to know new people, get use to the hot weather, and cook on my own, again. Another important discovery I made was that I had to find a place where I could live around other students and find someone who could drive me to work daily. As for a place to live, prior to my departure for the internship I found that NC State University offered short term housing for a convenient amount and, in turn, shared this info with another intern I had networked with , so we could be in the same apartment. Not to mention that he agreed to drive me to work every day.
As for the best part of the internship, I would say it was the opportunities when interns went to different events such as dinners, games, beaches, pool parties, and showcases mostly sponsored by the company.
Being at Morgan was a great driving force to understanding the impact that diversity can have in an environment as I was the only African in my cohort. At Morgan, not only did I learn how to understand oneself but also to understand other people irrespective of their race, religion, color, or any other factors.
How did the Center for Career Development assist you with the internship search? What was the best part about using the Center for Career Development?
The Center for Career Development was the pioneer in all my internship research as I still recall the many times I received not only multiple resume optimization feedbacks from LaLonnie Travenia, Administrative Assistant, but also the non-failing support and opportunities from Earlene Goodson, Associate Director/Recruitment Coordinator, which kept my head on task. Also, I would like to give special thanks to the CCD for the book entitled "Backpack to Briefcase" which eased my mindset transition into the corporate world.
What advice do you have for students who are seeking opportunities in your field?
There are several pieces of advice I would like to give my fellow students seeking opportunities;
- Do not underestimate the value of getting involved in the community as a member of a club. My experience as an executive in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Society enabled me to grow faster and to learn people skills which is necessary to ace an interviews.
- Do not fail to connect with companies online in social and professional media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to get informed on openings in both Internships and Full-Time jobs.
- Do not undervalue the help provided by internship placement companies such as INROADS which can readily assist to boost your interviewing skills.
- Finally, it is an investment to go for National Association Career fairs especially those related to your major such as NSBE for Engineers.
- Although, I got my foot to Cisco's booth in the NSBE Career fair, I utilized the CCD's Optimal Resume program, to talk as a leader which I learn from my club, to answer intelligently with the information received on the media, and to persuade them to hire me using the interviewing skills learn from INROADS.
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