Honors Summer Snapshots: Vineela

Ever wonder what Honors students do during the summer? Honors Ambassadors and students will be taking you into their 2016 summer routines via photos. Vineela Sama is adulting in Des Moines (on the 22nd floor!):

Hey everyone! I’m Vineela Sama and I will be a Junior this fall double majoring in Management Information Systems (MIS) and Supply Chain Management (SCM). This summer I am a Business Analyst IT Intern at Principal Financial Group. I’m interested in both the business and technology sides, so I enjoy that my internship incorporates both aspects!


I work on the 22nd floor of 801 Grand, the tallest building in Iowa!

Getting to work in downtown Des Moines has been exciting. Principal has a unique culture. The buildings are newly renovated and feature kitchenettes, skywalks, treadmill desks, recharge rooms, and cool artwork! You will even find a few Pokestops in Principal buildings 🙂


The intern program is extensive and unlike many other companies’. There are special events and speakers that are organized just for us to attend. All of the IT interns also competed in Code Jam. It is essentially a 3-day event where interns with diverse roles are placed in a group together to create an app based off the needs of stakeholders! After those 3 days were up, we presented our app to our stakeholders, the other interns, and a few senior executives of Principal.


This summer I had the opportunity to attend Leadership Institute with my sorority sisters from Alpha Omicron Pi. We traveled to Brentwood, Tennessee, which is where our International Headquarters is located.


At the 3-day event, we participated in learning sessions and interacted with sisters from all over the US/Canada. I also met the International President of Alpha Omicron Pi, and listened to inspirational stories from past presidents.




Overall, this summer has led to great chances to explore the world of adulting. It’s not actually as scary as it may seem. :’)


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