Brightening 2020 with our FUTURES’ Arrival

2020 has been a year of adaptation, teaching us all to remain agile and make the best of the opportunities presented to us. One of the biggest changes this year has been transitioning to a virtual workforce, which includes the Netsmart summer internship program. Our FUTURES are leveraging their technical expertise to adapt to our first fully virtual summer internship.

Check out the Q&A below to learn more about some of our FUTURES and their digital experience so far here at Netsmart.

Casey Plitt- Delivery Analyst FUTURE

Q: What made you excited about the program with Netsmart this summer?

A: I was looking forward to joining this program with Netsmart as I have experience in consulting, but only from a marketing point of view. So, I was excited to be a delivery analyst this summer as I knew I would learn a tremendous amount about behavioral health, post-acute care, the healthcare industry, etc. I was looking forward to expanding my portfolio of knowledge.

Q: What is something that surprised you about working virtually?

A: I have been surprised at how I am still able to be social with the other members of Netsmart even though we are unable to have face-to-face conversations. This has helped me to feel less isolated throughout this experience.

Q: Do you have an “office assis-pet” working beside you this summer?

A: I have three office assistants that have made a few guest appearances while I have been working from home. I have two cats and a dog. The cats love to walk across my laptop or jump on my lap during calls. Though not necessarily a distraction, they have been good for a few laughs.

Brian Hofmann – Software Engineer FUTURE

Q: What made you excited about the program with Netsmart this summer?

A: Working/talking with other futures remotely has been an interesting change. I was concerned that the internship would not be as fruitful and/or not provide the teamworking aspect I desire. I was pleasantly surprised to see the effort put forth by our coordinators to keep up with virtual meetings and keep us collaborating with one another despite being remote.

Q: What skills are you looking forward to learning?

A: Working virtually teaches me the importance of team collaboration and taking initiative. When you’re alone, it’s easy to get distracted and easy to get frustrated at problems you face. Problems can often seem bigger than they are when you face them alone because you are fighting with your personal knowledge. Usually in the office it’s easy to “shout” to someone across the room or walk over to them for help but being virtual causes you to have to take the initiative and message someone when you need help.

Daniel Royuk – FP&A Future

Q: What skills are you looking forward to learning?

A: I’ll answer this question more generally, because who really understands jargon from one department to another anyway? When you’ve been in school for your whole life with the only explanation for your studies being that ‘you’ll probably need to know this in the real world someday’, it is exhilarating to have an opportunity to get a glimpse into that ‘real world’ and give it your best shot. Taking skills that for years have been hypothetical and learning to apply them to contribute towards something bigger has been nothing short of fulfilling. I’m looking forward to learning what I don’t know. Coming into an organization and learning to use unfamiliar software and tools to accomplish tasks I’ve oftentimes never had to do is certainly a challenge. But Netsmart is full of kind and caring people who understand these challenges, are always there to help overcome them, and keep me excited for the next one.

Q: What made you excited about the program with Netsmart this summer?

A: I chose Netsmart for my internship because of the people. As a healthcare technology company, it is an organization full of great people who work together to accomplish the common goal of helping others, something that I’m passionate about. Being a finance student, I realized that I’m in a field that just about any business needs, so I decided to make my choice based off what a company values for and its culture. I was looking forward to joining my program this summer for that reason, and as I get to know the organization better, I see more and more that I made the right choice.

Q: Do you have an “office assis-pet” working beside you this summer?

A: Yes, I have two cats, Marco and Callie. “Office assistant” might be a generous term for how they affect productivity sometimes, but I’m never going to say no to a cat that wants to hop in my lap for an afternoon snooze.

Catherine Hemenway- Graphic Design FUTURE

Q: What made you excited about the program with Netsmart this summer?

A: I was looking forward to joining the Creative team this summer because it is my first time working with other designers and creative minds outside of the classroom. I love the environment and being able to collaborate and learn so much from my team. Also, I have a passion for healthcare, so the idea of being able to create projects for Netsmart really excited me knowing that the work I would do would mean more than “just looking good”.

Q: What is something that surprised you about working virtually?

A: Something that surprised me about working virtually is that I actually still feel like I am a part of my team. I was a little worried when we learned that we would be online that I would feel like an outsider, however my mentor, Taylor Smith, and the whole team has made me feel very incorporated and welcomed.

While curriculum and team building may look a little different over screen instead of the office, our FUTURES have done an excellent job of jumping right into the Netsmart family. They continue to collaborate amongst each other and grow their professional skillsets, and we are thrilled to work alongside them this summer and see all of the great work they do!

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