Asatte Press Spring 2012 Interns Begin Work

Dave, Tomoko and the Spring 2012 Interns
Dave, Tomoko and the Spring 2012 Interns

Last Friday we held employee orientation for our Spring 2012 Interns. We were very pleased with the quality of students who applied for our positions. As a result, we decided to expand the scope of the internships from three to seven positions.

In the photo at the left you can see Tomoko and me in the front at the left. Starting from left to right (behind Tomoko and me) the Spring 2012 interns are:

 

  1. Warren Cai – Marketing Intern = Warren is in the Masters of Technology Commercialization program at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. Warren will be helping us develop our marketing and promotion strategy.
  2. Jason Roh – Graphic Design Intern = Jason is working on a Bachelor of Fine Art degree at the University of Texas. Jason will be helping us design a series of promotional products. Jason will also be looking at various other graphic design aspects of our product line.
  3. Bang Truong – IT Intern = Bang is working on a MIS degree at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. Bang will be helping us develop our IT end user deployment and support processes.
  4. Blake Henson – Product Development Intern = Blake is studying civil engineering at the University of Texas. Blake will be helping us define our product development processes, working on packaging design for our physical products and also working with the marketing interns on the overall promotion strategy.
  5. Ilse Chapa – Facilities and Event Planning Intern = Ilse is studying communications and event planning at the University of Texas. Ilse will be developing a plan of events for Asatte Press. Ilse will also be working with the other marketing interns on the overall promotion strategy.
  6. Gabrielle Li – Marketing Intern = Gabrielle has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Texas. Gabrielle will be doing a focused analysis of the user psychology of social networks. Gabrielle will also be working with the other marketing interns on the overall promotion strategy.
  7. Di Liu – IT Intern = Di is pursuing a Master of Science in Information Studies at the University of Texas. Di will be working to setup our document management, defect management and revision control systems.
Initial Paperwork, Orientation and IT Setup
Initial Paperwork, Orientation and IT Setup

Friday’s session was consumed entirely by paperwork, orientation and setup. These days, it takes a lot of paperwork to hire an employee these days. Over the years, government requirements have gradually increased. For example, most if not all states now require a report to the state attorney general’s office so that the office can cross check for deadbeat dads who are not paying child support. The Federal I-9 form required to verify that an employee is eligible for employment in the United States is also an endlessly entertaining and remarkable document. Finally, there are any number of forms that are not legally required but are for all practical purposes culturally required in the United States. These include employee non-disclosure agreements as well as emergency contact information. I also handed out copies of the United States Copyright Office circular 9 to make the employees aware that as employees, their work efforts are “Work for Hire” whose copyright is owned by Asatte Press.

We also set everyone up with Microsoft Office 365 so that they would have legal copies of Office to work with. Most students have student licenses purchased from the university computer store and these come with license restrictions that prohibit them from using them for commercial purposes. Finally, we issued prepaid cellphones to anyone who wanted one. I don’t want student interns incurring cellphone costs for work done for Asatte Press.

Introduction to Martini Technology
Introduction to Martini Technology

At 5:00 PM, we were finished with the orientation. Asatte Press work ended and Tomoko and I held a small private reception for the students during which I demonstrated some of the implements and techniques for mixing a martini.

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