My Summer at SAS: Saying Goodbye

I first wrote this post for the SAS blog Conversations and Connections. SAS has been awesome enough to let me repost it here.

Today is my last day at SAS. It’s official now because my Dwight bobble head is in a cardboard box and my peacock painting is in the back seat of my car. I wrote my boss an email explaining all the things that will have to be taken care of in social media in my absence. It’s more than I thought it would be when I started writing it. The thing is I’ve spent the summer creating very important projects that will help a lot of people within the company.  Dave was really great about that. Making my internship count for something. Thanks Dave!

In case you haven’t been following, let’s recap what my internship at SAS has accomplished:

  1. Created a social media curriculum to teach employees how to use social media.
  2. Created a social media directory of key influencers to show people getting started in social media who they should be listening to for their industry topic.
  3. Translated Social Media Cookbook and other related documents to the portal.
  4. Contributed weekly intern posts, and occasional informational platform posts (some of which are in the curriculum) to the SAS social media blog Conversations and Connections.
  5. Created a list of SAS LinkedIn groups.
  6. Created a list of official SAS Twitter accounts including an analysis of proper SAS documentation.
  7. Editor of internal student blog where students from internships in Cary, Germany and the UK posted reportings of their experiences.
  8. Created a video for the social media blog and SAS YouTube channel explaining my internship. This video ended up on the front page of the internal SAS homepage.
  9. Turned white papers into articles for the sascom magazine.
  10. Created industry specific lists for the @SASsoftware Twitter account. You should check them out. They’re quite helpful.

This is what an internship at SAS can do for you. It can make you a working professional with experience to rival those in full-time jobs. Now mine has come to a close. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work at such a great company with such great people. To all of those on the PR and SAMS teams (and the individuals pulled from other places) who provided me with the information I needed to complete these projects, thank you so much. I couldn’t have done it without you.

I’m going to miss this place. The pool, the break room snacks, and the Wednesday sushi. Being able to walk into the street knowing the cars will just stop for me. (I don’t actually do this, but technically I could. Pedestrians rule on SAS campus.) Spending my days at an award winning place to work.

My days will now be spent writing like a fiend and looking for a job. If you’re interested in continuing to follow me on my career shenanigans, [I’ll still be here] at Thanks for following me this summer. It’s been fun.

Photo by lanier67