Summer Scholars leave big impact
September 8, 2017
By Luke Ganster, Infor communications specialist
This summer, the Infor Scholars handpicked by the Infor Education Alliance Program (EAP) proved to be valuable assets to their teams. Our EAP has consistently placed bright young minds in a position to excel in their respective fields.
As a former scholar, I can personally attest that this program empowers, challenges, and grows young individuals who are eager to learn. This spring, I had the opportunity to work as an Infor Scholar with the Corporate Communications Team in the Alpharetta, Georgia, office. As a student, transitioning into the “working world” can be tough, but having a program like EAP that provides tools to succeed, and equips students with real-world skills, made all the difference.
My counterpart on the communications team was Isabella Moylan, who moved from Australia to New York for her Infor Scholar experience. Adapting to American culture and the NYC lifestyle was a challenge in itself.
“My biggest achievement was at Inforum,” Isabella says. “Inforum is such a huge customer event, and this year was the first time we implemented Facebook Live and Instagram Stories. At our debriefing after the conference, and I looked around the room and thought, ‘We did it!’ I was so proud to be a part of the team.”
Graduating from the Infor Scholars program this summer are 27 students in 5 cities: Toronto; New York; Alpharetta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; and St. Paul, Minnesota. The scholars contributed in several areas, including development, sales, business innovation, marketing, services, and education.
For scholar YaoMing Jiang, participating at the Inforum Hackathon was a major highlight. This event consisted of YaoMing and one other scholar working with 10 high school students on developing functional applications using Infor Mongoose.
“My participation in the hackathon has motivated me to continue refining my knowledge so, in the future, I may have the joy of passing it on like I did at the hackathon,” YaoMing said.
Managers across Infor praised the interns they took on. Sean Wdowiak, senior director of field operations, boasted about scholar Kev Butts, saying, “The work he did to help our new department will go a long way toward supporting the field and ensuring we build a steady pipeline of new leads down the road.”
Anne Marie Burkel, manager of scholar Marvin Martinez, said, “Marvin approaches new projects with interest and a positive attitude, delivers work at a level of quality far beyond his years, and questions current approaches in an effort to find additional areas of improvement.”
It is safe to say mentors and students alike benefit from Infor’s EAP, and the students will hopefully go on to be the leaders of tomorrow. As for Isabella Moylan and me, we were hired by Infor as permanent employees and now work full time with the incredible team that mentored us.
To find out more, visit the Infor Education Alliance Program page on Infor.com.