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November 02, 2020 Scholars, Inc.
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On this episode of The Internship Show, we speak with Sarah Gergley from Cardinal Health. Sarah is a Recruiter on the Cardinal Health College Relations team. College Relations is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of Cardinal Health's Summer Internship Program. In this role, Sarah enjoys connecting with students and helping them on their career journey. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys a good book and traveling with her husband, Sam. 

We get insight into Cardinal Health’s company culture, overall internship experience and how interns gain executive exposure at their company.

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On this episode of The Internship Show, we speak with Sarah Gergley from Cardinal Health. Sarah is a Recruiter on the Cardinal Health College Relations team. College Relations is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of Cardinal Health's Summer Internship Program. In this role, Sarah enjoys connecting with students and helping them on their career journey. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys a good book and traveling with her husband, Sam. 

We get insight into Cardinal Health’s company culture, overall internship experience and how interns gain executive exposure at their company.

This episode was brought to you by Scholars. Scholars amplifies top employer brands to an audience of diverse students from across the country through curated podcasts, blogs, newsletters and more. 

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Parker Pell (Host):

Welcome to the Internship Show, where each week we explore the ins and outs of early talent programs at companies of all sizes across the globe. Early talent fuels businesses from startups to the Fortune 500. We're here to provide the information you need to stay informed on all of the amazing opportunities that exist.


Parker Pell (Host):

I'm Parker Pell, and this week I spoke with Sarah Gergley from Cardinal Health. Sarah is our recruiter on the Cardinal Health College Relations Team. College Relations is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of Cardinal Health's Summer Internship Program. In this role, Sarah enjoys connecting with students and helping them on their career journey. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys a good book and traveling with her husband. This is going to be a great show, so stay tuned.


Parker Pell (Host):

Sarah, thanks so much for taking the time and joining the show today.


Sarah Gergley:

Thanks so much for having me. Parker. I'm really excited to be here.


Parker Pell (Host):

I'm pumped for you to be here to represent Cardinal Health, but first I want to learn a bit more about your background. What has your journey been like to get where you are today in your role at Cardinal Health to being in early talent?


Sarah Gergley:

To be completely honest, I really lucked into this position and just the early career space in general. My background in education is in human resources. I've been doing just kind of in general HR work and recruiting, and this opportunity opened up to join a newer college recruiting team. I really didn't know much about the space, but I joined and kind of the rest is history. And ever since that point I have really focused in on kind of that early career space. I really love it. It energizes me. It's so rewarding to help a student find their path, and that's what really kind of hooked me for sure.


Parker Pell (Host):

It takes such a passion to be in early career, because with so many students it's the first time that they're really experiencing the corporate world all together, and the impact that you're able to make on that student's life, maybe the first time they're ever speaking to a recruiter, can honestly shaped their entire outlook and perspective on the job market altogether. And it's so crazy, because so many people go into early career and you're like, "I didn't really know that I was going to do this, and now look at the impact that I'm making."


Parker Pell (Host):

We're sitting here now, in the Fall, it's towards the end of the Fall of 2020. Students may be getting offers already from companies that they're having or receiving offers and trying to differentiate between companies. So what advice do you have for students right now as to how should they be handling receiving offers from companies, maybe having their first interview?


Sarah Gergley:

Yeah, that's a great point. And it's so critically important. I feel like the first couple of roles that you take during your internship, or right out of college, are so critical to kind of the development and the path that you set out for yourself.


Sarah Gergley:

My biggest advice to students is, number one, approach an interview like it's a two way interview. So of course you want to put your best foot forward and show the company what you can do for them, but at the same time that company should be highlighting why they're a great place to work.


Sarah Gergley:

When accepting an offer, that's something that you should really keep in the back of your mind. Is this a company that I actually want to work for? Of course, probably any internship is going to help your resume and give you those great skills, but when you're thinking about kind of longer term, you got to think about the company. Do the culture and the values and the mission line up with yours?


Sarah Gergley:

We spend so much time and we dedicate so much of our lives to working at our company, and working for a great company can make such a difference in just your overall kind of happiness level and your work/life balance. And it's just such a bigger part of the equation of kind of your just overall happiness is finding a company that you really like to work for.


Sarah Gergley:

It's no easy task, but definitely approach your interviews as kind of a two-way street and make sure you do your due diligence on a company, just as they're going to do on you.


Parker Pell (Host):

I love to tell students as well that it's okay to ask the tough questions as to, hey, if I were to accept an offer at Cardinal, what does my career trajectory and growth opportunities look like? Because those should be things that students should take into account when they're evaluating this company. And it goes right to your point as to it really is a two-way street. And I'm sure from your end, if a student comes in and is asking those maybe tougher questions, they kind of stand out to you, won't they?


Sarah Gergley:

100%. It shows that this student is invested in learning more about the company and that shows some long-term kind of potential with that student. So yes, absolutely ask those questions.


Parker Pell (Host):

Anything that early talent candidates can do to get a leg up in the process they need to take advantage of and have in their back pocket. Sometimes they may have an inner critic saying that they should just be doing the interview and that's that and getting it over with, but really take advantage of that rapport building with those recruiters when you're evaluating opportunities.


Parker Pell (Host):

You're here to represent Cardinal Health. So for our listeners, could you give us an overview of really who is Cardinal Health?


Sarah Gergley:

We are a Fortune 16 company that a lot of people haven't heard of before. We are kind of the business behind healthcare. So Cardinal Health is a healthcare products and solutions organization. We provide healthcare providers, like hospitals, doctors, and pharmacies, with a wide range of medical products and pharmaceuticals. So really heavy into distribution of those items. We also offer business solutions that can help a healthcare provider enhance their own practices in a variety of different ways, but at the end of the day, it ultimately will impact patient care in a positive way, because they're not spending as much time on certain tasks or a certain area. We can come in and assist with that, so they can really focus their attention and time on the patient.


Sarah Gergley:

We're in about 90% of the hospitals in the United States. So if you are a healthcare worker or if you've had a stay at a hospital or been in a doctor's office, you've probably run into our products, so that's why I like to say we're a large company that no one's really ever heard of.


Parker Pell (Host):

With a company that's making an impact on the lives of 90% of the people that are going into hospitals, whether they're a worker or a patient in itself, it can only imagine how that impact trickles down. And the foundation has been laid in the culture of Cardinal Health with such a large organization. Could you speak a little bit about what is the company values, what's the culture like as an organization that is so large?


Sarah Gergley:

I think Cardinal Health, I'm biased obviously, because I work there, but I think we have one of the best cultures around. We are this wonderful mix of passionate and mission driven individuals, but we also have the resources of a Fortune 16 company. So when you put those two together, we really hit some really high heights with what we can do.


Sarah Gergley:

We are very collaborative and inclusive and, like I said, mission driven. And so when you have 50,000 people that all are really just focused on how can we make an impact in our patient's lives with all of these resources, it's just a really wonderful culture to kind of work in, but also it's really supportive and inclusive. So as you're developing early on in your career from an internship to a rotational program, it's just a really nice environment to kind of be able to learn and grow in.


Parker Pell (Host):

From your perspective and your experience, Sarah, I mean, why do you like working at Cardinal Health?


Sarah Gergley:

It's definitely the culture for me. I have worked at some other organizations in the past and I mean, their cultures are unique to their company and not to say they're bad, but Cardinal Health's culture really kind of speaks to me. I love that we are collaborative and inclusive. I come to work every day to work with my friends. You know what I mean? It feels like I'm just going in and we do work and we make this amazing impact and we hire interns and we help them develop, but we have fun along the way.


Sarah Gergley:

I really love that aspect of it, but also I've never worked for a company where the leadership team is so invested and interested in helping their employees grow and develop. And so for me, I know that my next step, wherever it might be in Cardinal Health is going to be a good step for me that challenges me and helps me grow as a professional.


Sarah Gergley:

The company is really good at making sure that they develop high-potential talent and make sure that you have that next step at Cardinal Health to help you kind of grow and develop. So for me, I love the culture, but I can also see a future in my development, which is why I really like working there.


Parker Pell (Host):

Executive investment just in general in employee growth and development is something that early talent can experience as soon as they walk into an organization. And when early talent experiences that, I think delivers even much more so a meaningful internship experience for that student to see that, wow, as I come in, here's how my work is driving Cardinal Health's overall mission forward, from what the C-suite executives are telling me and speaking and living and breathing in that organization. And students are like, awesome. I'm interested in Cardinal Health. What does that recruitment process look like for a student that is interested in interning at Cardinal Health?


Sarah Gergley:

Number one, all interns do have amazing executive interaction. And if we can get to that later, I'd love to elaborate on that. But what students can expect through our process is going to be pretty straightforward. You apply, which all of our positions are posted online right now, so definitely go ahead and check out our opportunities.


Sarah Gergley:

But once you apply, you would have an initial screen with a recruiter like myself. There's also a couple of other individuals on the team that do the same type of role. We would just have an initial conversation. At Cardinal Health, we look at your resume and we see the skills that we're looking for. And we say, okay, they meet those requirements.


Sarah Gergley:

But beyond that, we just want to get to know you as a candidate. Culture is so important at Cardinal Health, and that's really what we want to find. Are you passionate about the healthcare industry? Are you mission driven? Do you want to make a difference? And are you motivated to learn and to grow and to develop? And if you can demonstrate those qualities during your initial screen, as well as in your interview process, you will be good to go. S.


Sarah Gergley:

It's very straightforward. We just want to get to know you. And then our interviews, mark my words, this is true, someone interviewed a couple of weeks ago and said after their interview that they had fun. I have never heard that from another company before, but it's the truth. Our interviews are a conversation. You get done with your 30 minute interview and you're like, where did the time go? That didn't even feel like an interview, that felt like a conversation with an old friend. And then that's it, that's the end of our process. Again, it's very straightforward, it's pretty quick, but it's fun and it's an enjoyable process for sure.


Parker Pell (Host):

I think that early talent, now more than ever, are taking into account those components of early talent programs around the culture and mission and values, and being able to understand that through that first interview with a Cardinal Health recruiter or hiring manager, I think is so valuable.


Parker Pell (Host):

You spoke about it briefly. Inside details how students can stand out when they're applying? Is it representing Cardinal Health values? Is it asking good questions? Is it just kind of being friendly? Any kind of deeper advice?


Sarah Gergley:

I think it's a combination of all three of those elements that you've just touched on. Demonstrating your passion for the healthcare industry, or really just impacting the world positively. That's what everyone at Cardinal Health, I mean, has that kind of quality with them because what we're doing is so important. So ensuring that that kind of comes out during your interview is so important.


Sarah Gergley:

Asking those questions. Again, making it a two-way conversation. We want that. We want to talk about why we love Cardinal Health so much and why we think it's a great organization. But to your point earlier, it shows that you're really interested and this is an opportunity that could not just be an internship, but maybe even longer term for you full time after your internship. We like to see that kind of longterm potential with the interns that we are bringing in.


Sarah Gergley:

Last but not least, is just being yourself. We are such a diverse, but also inclusive organization and so we love to see that personality come out in interviews because all of these different backgrounds and perspectives and personalities, that's what makes Cardinal Health so unique. So don't be a cookie cutter robot during your interviews, kind of let loose and just be yourself. And usually those are the interviews that go the best.


Parker Pell (Host):

That's so great to hear. And if a student is able to hit on all those qualities, do all those great things, to be able to receive an offer and accept an offer from Cardinal Health, what can they expect if they're fortunate enough to land a Cardinal Health internship?


Sarah Gergley:

Well, they can be expecting an awesome summer. Our internship is not only the project work that you're doing and kind of the meaningful ways that you're contributing to Cardinal Health, but it's also all about development and networking and comradery. So our internship is a blend of those two.


Sarah Gergley:

First and foremost, getting that practical hands-on experience, we want you to walk away from the internship learning something new, taking it back to class, being able to apply it. So, first and foremost, we want to give you meaningful projects that really make an impact for Cardinal Health. And about 35 hours of your work week can be spent with your team doing those jobs.


Sarah Gergley:

The other five hours of your work week is spent on programming activities. So if you do join our internship program, you'll get to know myself and my colleagues very, very well because we really manage all of the programming for the summer.


Sarah Gergley:

We have a mentoring program and executive speakers series. We do networking events throughout the summer, career and professional development events throughout the summer, we do community service. We have team building activities. You really keep yourself busy with all of these additional things that you're doing, but really the goal of our internship is to provide you with a positive experience.


Sarah Gergley:

We want you to come back to Cardinal Health, so we want to help you achieve some of those professional skills or development areas that you're working on. We want to help you get to that place, so that at the end of the summer we can evaluate you and say, you know what, you're going to be a great full-time employee and here's your offer to come back. So the whole 10 weeks is really your opportunity to develop those skills and then hopefully land that job.


Parker Pell (Host):

There's such a structure to the program that I would call it an internship experience that students should definitely take into consideration when they're checking out Cardinal Health's opportunities.


Parker Pell (Host):

All together, talking with your team, I'd love for you to dive a bit deeper into kind of the mentorship component of the internship program, the purpose of it. What are the successes that you all have seen obviously with it from previous internships that you guys have delivered?


Sarah Gergley:

The mentoring program is always a top rated kind of element to our program. So on your first day of your internship, after orientation, you are introduced to your mentor and then you'll meet with them on a weekly or a bi-weekly basis, really depending on kind of what your needs are and kind of what you're looking to get out of the mentoring relationship. But essentially typically within your first week, you work with your mentor to develop three to five goals, whether it be professional development or even just learning a new skill.


Sarah Gergley:

Maybe you want to learn Tableau, or maybe you want to work on your presentation skills, or you need to enhance the way that you lead meetings. Those are the types of goals that you set out with your mentor that are smart goals that are achievable in a 10-12 week internship.


Sarah Gergley:

You work with your mentor, again, on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, to kind of make progress on those specific development goals that you have. Your mentor is also just a wonderful resource outside of your leadership or your management teams. So if you're working on a project or you're working on a presentation and you really want to impress your manager, and so maybe you don't want to ask them for some direct feedback, but you can feel comfortable going to your mentor and say, "Hey, can you give me a little bit of feedback on this is where I'm at? I want to just kind of put the polishing or perfecting touches on it before I take it to my manager." Your mentor is there for that as well.


Sarah Gergley:

We've had so many success stories over the past. I think the ones that stand out to me the most are the interns who transition into Emerge, which is our entry-level leadership development program, and they maintain their mentoring relationship throughout the three years of their program.


Sarah Gergley:

To me, that just speaks to the importance of mentoring, but also how valuable it is to an intern during our 10 week time. And if it's so valuable that you continue that relationship on for three more years, something had to be going right during that 10 week internship.


Parker Pell (Host):

You hit the nail on the head that mentorship and feedback go hand in hand. And it's great to hear obviously that Cardinal mentors, as well as interns, are engaging in that feedback loop so that it's successful.


Parker Pell (Host):

I'd love to go back and go a little deeper into executive exposure, how important it is, not only just in general, but also at Cardinal Health. How are interns going to be exposed to execs? Maybe through that speaker series that you mentioned.


Sarah Gergley:

I always say that other than being an executive yourself, there is no other population at Cardinal Health that has as much direct access to our C-suite as our interns. Which is amazing. And I think it speaks to our culture and just the leaders' passion around development of talent. They see our internship as a vital pipeline to future leaders in the organization. And so that's why they're so invested in our internship program and making sure that our interns have a really, really robust and wonderful experience.


Sarah Gergley:

One of the big things we do is our executive speaker series. So every week of the internship, so about 10 weeks, every week we have a new executive come in for one hour and speak to our intern class. And it's usually the entire C-suite. So you'll hear from the CEO of our organization, we've got CEOs of like the medical and the pharmaceutical side, our CFO, CIO, CHRO. I mean, you name it, all of them you'll get to hear from over the summer. They spend anywhere from 20 to 30 talking about kind of their role, their career path. They give lots of helpful kind of advice, things that they've experienced, what has kind of propelled them into this executive role.


Sarah Gergley:

My favorite thing about the executive speaker series is they always talk about what they do in a day, which I'm just so fascinated to hear. What does our their CEO do? One year, pre COVID, he was actually flying to Wisconsin for a dinner, and then he was flying back to Ohio and he'd be in the office the next day at 8:00. And to me that just blows my mind, but it's really cool just to hear directly from them about really anything they think a student needs to hear.


Sarah Gergley:

The last half is dedicated to Q&A, so you have literally direct access to our entire C-suite throughout the summer. And if you can kind of muster up the courage to ask a question, you can ask them anything. And so it's always just so engaging and fun to hear their perspectives and approach.


Sarah Gergley:

We also, again pre COVID, have an intern welcome dinner, which is kind of like the first big, huge activity that we do as an intern class. The dinner is hosted by our CEO. And so the entire C-suite and executives that are really engaged with our internship program come to the dinner. There's usually like 200 people to 250 there. It's a massive thing. And you just had the opportunity to network with all of these leaders, other interns, and your manager for an evening during the summer, which is always really, really cool.


Sarah Gergley:

Tons of executive interaction. And I just, again, I think it shows how our leaders value our internship program and how important it is to our long-term success as a company.


Parker Pell (Host):

It speaks directly to how early talent's going to drive the mission forward, and that's going to come from learning about where the executives want to take the company.


Parker Pell (Host):

What are you really hoping that a student, after they experience this robust internship program that we've been talking about, take away when it's all said and done at the end of their internship?


Sarah Gergley:

I hope that interns, regardless of the outcome, if they come back to work for us full time, which again, we hope that's the outcome, but beyond that, I hope an intern can go back to school and say that wasn't a waste of my summer. I learned something new. I developed professionally. I made some friends. And then can share that with their fellow classmates or their friends and say, hey, Cardinal health is actually a really good place to work. And that's what I hope interns can walk away feeling after the summer.


Sarah Gergley:

Which we survey all of our interns and I think that usually that is kind of the experience that they get and how they walk away feeling, which is really, really rewarding. All the effort that goes into recruiting and finding this great group of students, and then helping them develop over the summer, it's rewarding to me for them to walk away and say like, yep, that wasn't a waste. I had a good summer.


Parker Pell (Host):

Sarah, it's been so awesome chatting today and learning about Cardinal's internship and the experience and how from top to bottom it's structured really with the end goal of the student in mind. We really appreciate the time that you took today to share all this awesome info with everyone.


Sarah Gergley:

Well, thank you for having me. I encourage all students to apply. We'd love to have you join our program. And reach out if you need anything at all, we'd be happy to answer any further questions. And I hope this is just kind of a good background into our program and that you'll be interested in learning more.


Parker Pell (Host):

Wow, did Sarah give us some awesome insight into Cardinal Health's company culture, overall internship experience, and how interns can gain executive exposure at their company.


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