"Just in these past six weeks, I've learned more than I would have been able to in a semester from a textbook."
There is a lot to be said about the value of a hands-on learning experience. It's something that Savannah, a Single-Family Data Analytics Intern, carefully considered when she decided to apply for a summer internship outside of her area of study, marketing.
"The fact that Freddie Mac gives students who aren't majoring in finance or IT a chance to work in data analytics and finance is incredibly beneficial, not a lot of companies do that," said Savannah. "They really want you to explore things outside of your comfort zone. I've not only learned from the projects I am working on, but it's been really cool for me to exchange ideas with the other interns as well."
Savannah is one of the 90 interns in Freddie Mac's Summer 2019 cohort. The interns hail from across the country and vary in age and interest area, but all have spent the summer gaining valuable hands-on experience and learning more about Freddie Mac's unique role in the housing finance industry. They even had an opportunity to show off their work to their parents by participating in a "Bring Your Parent (or VIP) to Work" event.
"I study government and political science, so the data management I'm doing now is very different from the work I've done in my classes and previous internships," said Alison, an intern in Single-Family, Data Business Operations. "Which is great since internships are all about learning."
This summer, Freddie Mac has interns working across all of our divisions. We are proud to offer a variety of learning opportunities and responsibilities that allow our interns to chart their own experience. Over the course of the summer, interns will gain perspective, industry experience and be exposed to areas of study that may not have known they were passionate about.
"Our manager has put an emphasis on active learning and gaining tangible skills," said Alison. "She makes sure everything we do has future value for us. It's really important to me to know that the unique perspective I am bringing, even as an intern, is valued at the company."
Interns have the opportunity to work on real-world projects while developing skills that will apply directly to their careers. Additionally, through Freddie Mac University, interns have the ability to learn new skills with hundreds of instructor-led and online courses to help build skills in business, management, personal effectiveness, technology, and more.
"You don't get lost in corporate America because you know that the work you're doing is important and you can immediately see the impacts it has," said Caitlin, a Single-Family Finance Intern. "It didn't take long for me to feel like a part of the team. I feel like I'm heard, and I really appreciate that."
We encourage our interns to take advantage of the opportunity to build their professional network by participating in both formal and informal networking and mentoring opportunities beyond their immediate team.
"Most of the people on my team come from different backgrounds, yet they are loving the company and the work they do each day," said Savannah. "People stay here for years. It's refreshing to see."
Savannah's advice for anyone considering applying for an internship at Freddie Mac?
"It's okay not knowing everything coming in, this summer has been about being vulnerable to new experiences."