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An Intern Perspective: Our Summer Internship at CardinalCommerce

It’s a bittersweet time at Cardinal since we have to send our summer interns back to their college campuses to gear up for another school year. We were fortunate enough to welcome aboard eleven exceptional interns this summer. While we are sad to see them leave, we know their futures are bright, and that they will not take this learning experience for granted.


Meet some of our summer interns from left to right, starting with the top row: Akhil Koothal, Weston Szalay, Santiago Zerinsky, David Garlak, Rohit Satyakumar, Erin Feigel, Ben March, Hemali Jaguste, and Zack Novak. Not Pictured: Ahmir Robinson and Andrew Zawie.

As one last final project, we asked them to share some of their experiences with us. From learning new skills to participating in fun corporate events, hear what some of our interns had to say about their time here at Cardinal.

Santiago Zerinsky, Global Customer Service Intern

School - Ohio University

Major - Marketing and Management Information Systems

Graduation Year - May 2019

Interning at Cardinal has changed my perspective on working a 9-5, 40-hour week desk job. I was nervous at first, but interning at Cardinal was the perfect starting point to my career. My biggest takeaway would be my realization that I love this professional line of work. Over the course of the summer, I gained confidence in going around the office, making new connections, helping others, learning and even teaching! One of my favorite things about Cardinal is the people. Everyone at Cardinal is professional but each person has their own differences that distinguishes them. Cardinal also has a Buddy Program which assigns a ‘work-buddy’ for new hires. My buddy and I hit it off real fast with our shared love for music and Ohio University. We also went to a hip-hop concert together, outside of work, which was a blast.


Ahmir Robinson, Research and Development Intern

School - The Ohio State University

Major - Computer Science and Engineering

Graduation Year - December 2019

Cardinal put my knowledge from the classroom to the test. This was my first internship that had me do projects that pertained to my major, Computer Science and Engineering. Additionally, all of my projects were actually going to be used by the company. I got to utilize my knowledge in Java, and Android Studio, and it showed me how much I knew, but also how much I still have to learn. I even had the chance to research and work with Blockchain, which expanded my knowledge on current technology in the field of Computer Science. Overall, my time at Cardinal was an eye opening experience that shed light on my future potential, but showed me that there is still more to learn.


Hemali Jaguste, Product Management Intern

School - Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management

Major - Masters of Engineering Management

Graduation Year - May 2018

During my internship, I was given the opportunity to own the Lightbulb project which is a resource for all the employees to submit innovative ideas that impact Cardinal’s growth, profitability and problem-solving for customers. Having this hands-on product management experience, making decisions for my project and creating documentation helped me improve my management competencies. As I advanced through my internship, I was assigned a wide scope of projects which exposed me to various facets of Product Management and allowed me to socially interact with groups outside of Product. Being in a management role, time and work prioritization is a vital skill set and this internship helped me hone this skill.


Zachary Novak, Business Intelligence Engineering Intern

School - The University of Akron

Major - Management Information Systems

Graduation Year - December 2018

This is my third summer internship here at Cardinal, and I keep coming back due to the management, the work and the overall environment. The environment and office space here is open and helps invite conversation with people you don't work with directly.  With that said, my favorite part about interning at Cardinal is the people. My coworkers are friendly, intelligent and willing to help me with any problem I have. Cardinal provides plenty of social events outside of work to get to know co-workers better, and to help you be more comfortable in the workplace.


Erin Feigel, Marketing Intern

School - John Carroll University, Boler College of Business

Major - Marketing

Graduation Year - May 2019

My internship at Cardinal helped me develop professionally. Between training sessions, meeting leadership teams and working on a wide variety of projects, I’ve gained so much valuable knowledge that I will be able to take with me in the future. When I started my internship, my hope was to walk away from this experience knowing that marketing was the right career path for me and I can excitedly say that it is! Interning at Cardinal gave me the hands-on experience that I couldn’t get from a classroom. I loved being able to see my contributions and the significance of them. It is a rewarding feeling to put a lot of effort into a project and then see it directly affect the company in a positive way.


On behalf of everyone here at Cardinal, we would like to thank all our interns for their contributions this summer. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!

Interested in interning at CardinalCommerce or joining us full-time? Check out our Career pages for more information:

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