Our summer interns have started! Although they are working from home and things are a little different than they usually would be, we still wanted to give them a spotlight to welcome them aboard! Please welcome Shardenay to the Holland family, who is working as an intern within our Human Resources Department. We asked Shardenay to tell us a little bit about herself and what her average day looks like. Here's what she shared!


Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Shardenay Morgan (Shar). I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and spent 4 years in Des Moines, Iowa. I am currently enrolled at Governor’s State University in University Park, IL, where I am pursuing a bachelor’s in Business Administration, with a focus on Human Resources Management. I already received my Associate of Arts from Triton College in River Grove, IL, where I was in the Honor’s Program and made the Dean’s List. When I am not studying Human Resources or working with Holland, I am working for Bonefish Grill, serving up their famous Bang Bang Shrimp!

Shar GRad

Why did you choose Holland?

When I saw the talent acquisition team was hiring for an HR intern at my college career fair, I couldn’t wait to join an organization that aligns with my core values such as family, respect, partnership, integrity and improvement. I am eager to pick up wider variety of skills from working in different departments.

Walk us through your average day.

Today, my desk is a small corner in my bedroom and my dog has become my coworker. Despite not working in a traditional office environment, I still want to make the most of the experience.

Shar desk set up

No day is exactly like the other in an internship — it can be exciting, bustling, unexpected and unplanned, but when you’re working to make the best out of your experience, it’s extremely rewarding. So, what’s an average day as an intern at Holland?

6:30 am: My alarm goes off — it’s time to get up and get ready for work! After a couple snoozes, then anxiously thinking about what I have scheduled for the day. I take my dog for a walk, have breakfast, and get dressed because it helps me get into the working mindset.

8:30 am: I arrive at the office (my bedroom office corner). I open and check my email and calendar, and my email is already full. How exciting! I plan for my day.

 9:00 am: I usually start meetings. I take notes on anything new I learn, what’s coming up, and any potential projects or events I can help with. Then start on my work.

12:00 pm: It’s finally lunchtime!!! I’m starving. I get an hour so that gives me plenty of time to cook up something delicious for me and my coworker (my dog).

2:00 pm:  The rest of the day I’m usually learning and assisting with data management, interviews, looking over resumes, ensuring employees are receiving their referral bonuses, creating videos, managing social media accounts, etc. But as time goes on, I am starting to perform other activities that involve more problem solving, analysis and soft skills.

4:30 pm: The day is finally over! Time to cook dinner and say, “See you tomorrow!” for yet another workday. Who knows what will happen tomorrow —and that’s the best part of my job!

I’ve learned so much about the working world, met so many kind, inspiring people, and have been involved with very interesting projects, events, and tasks and can’t I wait to learn more and meet more inspiring people!

Welcome aboard, Shardenay! We're excited to have you with us. Be sure to join us on Holland's Instagram June 16th for her takeover on our stories!