Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Beginning

June 12, 2009 : Just a week's break after the spring quarter and I was searching for a house. Yeah I was moving to the dream city of San Francisco.... Got my internship with Blue Shield of California in San Francisco. I was excited, anxious and eager to utilize the skills I had gained over the past one year. I was joining the Business Transformation and E Business unit of Blue Shield.

June 13, 2009 : Moved to an apartment located in Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.

June 15, 2009 : First day at the internship. All dressed up for the day. Reached at 8:30 AM with loads of expectations and which I can say were surely met. 9:00 AM our orientation started with a brief introduction of various schools represented ( berkeley, north western,booth etc.), various interns. YIPPPPEEEEEEEEE!!!! Davis had maximum number of interns. We rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After that we were given some HR policy presentations where BS mission etc were discussed in detail. A health 101 was given for interns like us who had little or no background in Health Insurance industry but had come for a career change. Obama's mission etc were also discussed and interns had different and interesting views on his policies. I personally feel that if he can convince the congress and get health reforms bill passed, he can really lower the cost of health care. ( Want to debate :-)).

After the sessions we all had a nice lunch with the HR team from Blue Shield. And then we met our managers. They received us in the lobby and escorted us to our respective work stations.
Vollaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!! 19th Floor cubicle. I could see Alcatraz, ferry building from the floor. I loved it. Extremely professional, BS had our laptops ready which were given to us immediately.
My manager immediately had a goal and expectation setting 1on 1session with me which made me lot more excited. I was put on a project overseen by our COO and which was one of the strategic projects for our unit. Could not have asked for more on the first day. The fun was about to begin.

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