I have been a Digital Marketing Intern at HCSS for a little more than a year. Before starting with the company, I was a little intimidated. It was my first real job, and I was barely scratching the surface of the skills that HCSS needed.
First, I should talk about the hiring process because it can be a huge deal for people looking to apply. You have to pass two logic/math tests — one online and one in-person — in addition to a phone screening before coming in for multiple in-person interviews. Now, this may seem like a lot, but I cannot explain how worth it the entire process is. The company has a thorough application process for good reason: they are looking for a good culture fit.
The HCSS culture is extremely unique, and therefore hard to explain, but the best way might be to describe a normal morning going into work. After getting out of my car I see a worker ahead of me holding the door open. The support team is on the phone with customers while walking around with NERF® guns. People are coming into the kitchen to grab some fruit and coffee for breakfast. Half of them are in jeans and a graphic tee. I am greeted with smiles by at least five people before I even reach my seat (one of them was the CEO). I sit down to start working on my assignments for the day. I get to a problem I don’t know how to solve and have professionals surrounding me ready to give me a helping hand. I’ve seen people come in on their first day surprised by the way our company runs itself, and I cannot understand why. How could a company not run day-to-day like HCSS?
My career goals are constantly developing. I am 20 years old and at that time in my life where I must question what I want to do for the rest of it. Initially, I worked in social media marketing. Now, I am a video production intern. HCSS is a unique place when it comes to careers. Managers work with employees to make sure they are happy in their current position. But if someone sees themselves working in a different department in the future, HCSS will gladly hear them out.
HCSS is by far the best place to intern. As a University of Houston student, I have many responsibilities outside of work. I know I can go to my manager and voice my concerns when finals come around or a big project is near. HCSS understands that school comes first for students and time is needed for studies. As an intern, I have been offered an endless amount of opportunities in my field, opportunities that my fellow students are struggling to find. I get to work alongside professionals with the same passions. I have access to top-of-the-line photography and video equipment, free creativity to apply to any project I am taking on, and nice pay.
HCSS has fully supported my growth as a student and in my career. It would be near impossible to find another company with workers, support, and culture like at HCSS. I cannot imagine working anywhere else.