We tasked the interns with designing a new website for HOW. Adding functionality and efficiency to the site would allow HOW volunteers to dedicate more time to helping veterans than administrative tasks. Fifteen AT&T intern teams worked one day per week throughout the summer to create a functional site, a video demo, and a quick pitch to a judging panel before returning to school. I had the opportunity to join the founder of Heroes on the Water, Jim Dolan, as he heard the quick pitches from the intern teams. Every team not only delivered the functionality that HOW needed, but went above and beyond. They took the time to research and consider the end users of the site – veterans, volunteers, donors, and HOW leadership – and they made sure each user’s unique needs were addressed. Their work will be implemented by HOW and used to serve the military community for years to come.
It was a career highlight for me to see Mr. Dolan so incredibly delighted by the creative ideas that each team presented. I had the chance to visit with the interns after the pitches, and I found that this opportunity resonated with them, as well. They were grateful for the chance to use their incredible technical talent and the power of technology to build a better tomorrow.