2020 Summer Intern recap


While the summer internship program has come to a close, we are proud of the work and growth of our 2020 intern class. Despite the global pandemic, the interns at our San Diego headquarters and West Carrollton manufacturing facility spent their summer working with fellow Shareowners learning the business and developing new skills.

About our 2020 intern class

We had 11 interns this year from universities including University of Cincinnati, Wright State University, University of Dayton, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and Northwestern University. The interns worked in various parts of the organization including engineering, manufacturing, and product marketing.

Setting up for success

They spent the summer working with their teams to complete their own specific project tied to the company’s goals while working in a remote, onsite or hybrid capacity. The program also consisted of virtual events for the interns to get to know each other and learn more about NuVasive. Our intern kick-off event was opened by Aaron Huennerkopf, Leader of Talent Acquisition, welcoming them and providing some helpful tips on how to make the most out of their summer at NuVasive. The following event—“All About NUVA”—was a workshop led by product managers on spinal anatomy, Surgical Intelligence and our market-leading technologies including XLIF and MAGEC. They also had the opportunity to ask questions and hear the experiences of past interns who have since transitioned to full time Shareowners during our “Intern Alumni Panel” event.

Learning from leaders

Professional development opportunities also included resume and recruiter workshops where they learned about helpful resume tips, the full-time job application process and interviewing best practices. Jane Sheetz, Sr. Manager Manufacturing Engineer, and Rob German, Leader of Development, took part in our Leadership Series events. They each presented to the interns about their current role, how their career has progressed throughout time, and answered questions from the team

Making an impact at NuVasive

At our final event, each intern had time to present to their fellow interns about the projects they worked on and their biggest takeaways and challenges they experienced from their summer at NuVasive.

“This was my first time having a manufacturing engineering internship, it was such a great opportunity to gain industry experience while still in college,” said Ali Zeigler, West Carrollton intern. “I worked on the Porous PEEK and Archon lines and was responsible for anything from fixture design to documentation. I want to send a huge thank you to the Shareowners on the floor who are so knowledgeable and helped me immensely this summer.”

We thank our intern program participants for their time working at NuVasive this summer and are proud of their growth and the impact they have made at NuVasive. We look forward to working with those continuing part-time during the fall.

Future intern opportunities

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