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motorola´s summer interns reflect on their work from home experience

As July comes to a close, Motorola is saying goodbye to the wonderful summer interns that joined us across the globe this season. And while this summer we couldn’t meet in person, we’re so thankful for their hard work and flexibility as we all continue to navigate the new normal of remote work.

To commemorate our interns’ time at Motorola, we sat down with a few to hear first hand how they enjoyed the experience, their favorite lessons learned, and of course, what it was like working from home during the global pandemic, never once meeting their teams in person!

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself, where you go to school and the department you’ve been working with this summer.

Daniela Anaya, HR Intern, MBG: I am Daniela Anaya, I live in Mexico City and a few weeks ago I graduated with a degree in Pedagogy. I have been working in the HR Department in our Mexico office.

Sophie Baron, Internal Communications Intern, MBG: My name is Sophie Baron, and I am a rising junior at Syracuse University, majoring in Public Relations. I have been interning for MBG on the Internal Communications and Global PR team(s).

Matt Ficalora, Go-To-Market Finance Intern, MBG: My name is Matt Ficalora, and I go to school at Indiana University and will be graduating with a degree in finance and an International Business co-major next spring (May ‘21). This summer, I have been interning with the Go-To-Market finance team.

Olga Ioannidi, eCommerce Intern, MBG: I am from Greece, and am an international student in the US at Loyola University of Chicago, where I’m studying my masters in marketing with a certificate in business analytics. Due to COVID-19, I’ve been doing my internship from my hometown here in Greece.

Kelly Li, Marketing Intern, MBG: I am a rising senior at NYU, majoring in economics and minoring in business studies. I have been interning with the marketing team at Motorola.

Madison Milliken, Trade Marketing Intern, MBG: I am a Junior at Western Michigan University, where I am double majoring in Digital Marketing and Leadership & Business Strategy with a minor in General Business. I have been working as a Trade Marketing Intern on the Training Team this summer helping to train our Moto Agents and Field Reps.

Adriana Murillo Sánchez, Marketing Intern, MBG: I am Adriana Murillo from Mexico, and I recently graduated from Marketing at Universidad La Salle México. I am supporting the Marketing team in the Mexico office this summer.

Victor Sanchez, Finance Planning and Analysis Intern, MBG: My name is Victor Sanchez, originally from Mexico City, Mexico I am a rising senior at Indiana University-Bloomington Kelley School of Business majoring in Finance and Business Analytics. This summer, I have been working as a Financial Planning and Analysis intern for the FPA Motorola team.

Alexandra Sarros, Product Cost Management Intern, MBG: I am from La Grange, Illinois, and I am an incoming senior at Purdue University studying Industrial Engineering. I am interning with the MBG Finance group as a product cost management intern.

Ariana Wilson, Global Communications and Philanthropy Intern, Lenovo Foundation: My name is Ariana Wilson and I am from New Albany, Ohio. I am a rising sophomore at Elon University studying Strategic Communications and Marketing. This summer, I am interning at Lenovo as a Global Communications and Philanthropy Intern, under the Marketing team.

Q: How has it been working remotely for your internship? How has Lenovo/MBG supported you during your time at the company?

Sophie Baron: Lenovo and MBG have made working remotely a really meaningful experience. Although we aren’t able to connect face-to-face, the internship program offers so many activities and spaces in which we can get the support and help we need. Campus Recruiting has even hosted training sessions on how to be successful and stay productive while working remotely, as well as flexibility/yoga sessions to keep us productive and healthy in and outside of the virtual office. Lenovo and MBG have also worked really hard to offer programs, mentorships and projects in which we can connect and meet people across the business. We have had activities ranging from trivia, resume workshops, weekly coffee chats, and group projects.

Matt Ficalora: Although my past internships have been in person, I feel more connected with the organization even in the midst of the remote internship than I did in my past in-person experiences. I think this is for a number of reasons including getting invited to team meetings even if they’re outside of my specific team, attending introductory meetings that allow me to get to know leaders within the organization, participating in intern events organized by Lenovo, and the company’s overall drive for teamwork and collaboration.

Olga Ioannidi: I feel like the company has supported me with everything that I would need – especially the recruiting team. And I’ve had the opportunity to get in touch with many other interns because of the different projects that we work on together.

Kelly Li: Working remotely has taught me that being productive at home isn’t always the easiest, but the workshops, seminars, and leadership discussions that Lenovo and Motorola prepared for the interns have really supported the work from home experience.

Madison Milliken: I honestly have really enjoyed working online. I feel like it has given me unique networking opportunities I may have not gotten otherwise. The flexibility has also allowed me to join other meetings that may have been harder in person. I have had some experience with online internships in the past, but this one with MBG was way more organized than I have ever experienced.

Victor Sanchez: Working remotely has been an interesting and exciting experience. I have never done anything like this before and to be honest, I was really nervous about it. Nonetheless, Lenovo and Motorola have done an outstanding job supporting us by providing us with the right resources. We’ve all also had the opportunity to participate in community service projects, including one with Project Sunshine, where we wrote encouraging letters to healthcare professionals and created word puzzles/drawings for children.

Alexandra Sarros: Lenovo/MBG has made this the most seamless transition from an in-person internship to a remote one when I compare it to the experiences of my friends and peers this summer. The company has continued to make sure we are connected to fellow interns, our manager, the HR staff, and our workgroup. The summer group project has also been helpful in getting to know my fellow interns.

Ariana Wilson: While I was not expecting to work remotely, it turned into a valuable learning experience because I was able to enhance my time management skills and balancing work and life effectively. I am grateful for the company’s Campus Recruiting professional development sessions. In between work, I have been finding time to meet other interns, especially those outside of my department.

Q: What has been the biggest challenge for you as you navigate working remotely?

Sophie Baron: One thing I have found most challenging about the remote work experience is time management. Due to the nature of remote work, I am constantly on different phone calls and meetings and sometimes have a hard time fitting in time to get my own projects and work done.

Matt Ficalora: Staying productive has been a challenge. In my internship where I’ve been able to go into the office, I feel more motivated to work harder and with more effort. While at home, I feel like there are more distractions and opportunities to lose focus and slack off. However, while challenging, I think this will be a great skill as I progress forward in my career.

Olga Ioannidi: The major challenge for me this summer was the difference in time zone – since Greece is 8 hours ahead of Chicago. But with patient teammates and a little bit of organization, it was something that I figured out how to manage very quickly.

Adriana Murillo Sánchez: I’ve found that it is tiring to be in front of a computer all day, especially not being able to go out and have direct contact with the people on my team. The good thing about virtual work is that I have had the opportunity to meet people from other departments and offices that I wouldn’t have been able to meet in a normal internship setting.

Victor Sanchez: My biggest challenge as I navigate working remotely has been finding an appropriate workspace, staying focused, and interacting face-to-face with people from the office. I consider myself an extrovert so I get my energy by interacting with other people, getting used to video calls and emails versus in-person interactions has been challenging. To stay focused, I have been experimenting with different work environments within my house to minimize distractions as much as I can. Setting goals each day has also helped me stay productive.

Alexandra Sarros: Through this experience, I have learned I am much more of an extrovert than I thought I was, which makes it harder than I thought it would be to be completely virtual. I really enjoy being in a team environment and have missed being able to connect with coworkers in person.

Ariana Wilson: The biggest challenge for me was scheduling time for myself during the workday, as being completely virtual can make it difficult to step away from your computer. To do so, I had to learn to schedule periodic breaks for myself so that I could refocus and remain productive.

Q: What is the biggest lesson learned or takeaway you’ve gained from this internship with Motorola?

Daniela Anaya: My biggest takeaway is the benefits of working for a company with a global presence. I am very grateful for all the people I came across during my time here, especially because it opened up my eyes to new perspectives and ways of thinking.

Sophie Baron: I think one of my favorite takeaways from this experience is the importance of workplace culture and understanding the benefits of a globally-minded team. Having the opportunity to work with a global team that represents employees from diverse backgrounds enhances everything we do and allows each of us to be better, well-rounded individuals.

Matt Ficalora: The biggest lesson I’ve learned while working with Motorola this summer is that career paths are rarely linear. As a finance major, I have always assumed that my career would stay in finance, but I have learned that my path will likely present opportunities to elevate outside of finance, and this is a good thing. As many employees have mentioned, moving around in different functional areas of the business allows you to understand how different parts of the business interact and are dependent on one another and provide for new, unexpected opportunities.

Olga Ioannidi: For me, it was all the different people! I met employees with different tenures, different job levels and in different countries. They all had a willingness to help, mentor and motivate me whenever I needed it. Thank you, Motorola! It was a great experience and I hope that I will be able to work for a company as diverse as this one again soon.

Kelly Li: Overall, I am so grateful to be a part of this unique internship program. Despite working from home the entire time, I have received so many opportunities and pieces of advice that definitely helped to further my professional growth.

Adriana Murillo Sánchez: One of my biggest lessons from this internship is learning how to trust myself. At the start of my internship, I was dependent on my manager and leaned heavily on him to make sure I was doing something right. But over the course of my time here, I’ve been able to become more confident with my decisions – a skill that will be super helpful in my next jobs.

Victor Sanchez: The biggest takeaway from my time at Motorola is that no one is ever too far, you just have to reach out and not be afraid to ask questions. I’ve also come to realize the importance of getting to know your team and getting involved.

Alexandra Sarros: Working remotely has shown me the importance of building good relationships with my team and what are the positives if you have them and the negatives that come along if those relationships are not developed. With everything going on today, I’ve learned I have had to go beyond my comfort zone in order to develop relationships.

Congratulations to all of our Motorola interns! It was our pleasure to host you with this opportunity for growth and development, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for you next!

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moto g 5G plus: The future of ultrafast connectivity for everyone

Motorola’s mission is and always has been to make innovative technology and meaningful mobile experiences accessible to everyone. Today we announce moto g 5G plus, the smartphone that will bring the power of 5G technology¹ into more people’s hands without sacrificing the features we know are most important to them.

On top of ultra-fast connectivity available for anyone, moto g 5G plus delivers industry-leading features that matter most to consumers. Whether they’re looking for incredible performance or an outstanding CinemaVision display with a higher refresh rate, moto g 5G plus offers this and so much more. With our first ever ultra-wide front camera system, 48MP quad camera system and powerhouse battery life, get ready for an uncompromised and amazing experience.

5G connectivity delivers more bandwidth, lower latency, and reduced lag time, which means downloading entire movies in minutes,² streaming intensive online games without lag, and feeling like you’re right there in the moment when video calling with loved ones. moto g 5G plus is built by the team at the forefront of every new generation of wireless technology in history. By offering compatibility with both 4G and 5G networks, you’re covered for today and ready for tomorrow.

With moto g 5G plus we’re bringing the display experience to another level. Every scroll and swipe will look amazing thanks to the 90 Hz screen refresh rate that ensures smooth movements through the app drawer, images, and webpages, and offers a sleeker gaming experience. Plus, it comes with our largest screen ever in a moto g device. The 6.7″ CinemaVision Full HD+ display offers a massive ultra-wide screen for a cinematic viewing. It’s certified for HDR10, so you can enjoy your favorite movies, shows, and photos in vivid, true-to-life colors with improved brightness and contrast. And with the unique 21:9 aspect ratio, the phone offers a beautifully streamlined design that’s easy to hold while elegantly accommodating the large, gorgeous screen in your hand.

moto g 5G plus also introduces our first-ever dual selfie camera system with a unique ultra-wide selfie lens. With the ability to fit 4x more of your friends or background into your frame,³ you can leave the selfie stick at home. The main 16MP camera features Quad Pixel technology with 4x more light sensitivity6, for brighter low-light shots. Now you can capture Instagram-worthy snapshots no matter what the conditions are.

With the rear camera system you’ll have the perfect camera for any situation, any way you look at it. The 48 MP main sensor4 with Quad Pixel technology and 4x light sensitivity makes every shot shine, even in low lighting. The ultra-wide lens also fits 4x more into the screen so you never miss a single detail in a larger-than-life shot.A depth sensor makes everyday photos extraordinary with DSLR-quality blurred out backgrounds, and a dedicated Macro Vision camera gets you 5x closer to your subject compared with a normal lens for stunning, pro-looking photos that will take your breath away.

The moto g 5G plus is powered by the advanced Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 765 Mobile Platform featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X52 Modem-RF System to enable exceptional performance to meet even the most demanding 5G use cases. Moreover, it unites 5G and AI to power select premium-tier experiences, including breakthrough entertainment, intelligent multi-camera capabilities, and support for all-day battery life. No matter how fast you’re moving or how much you’re multitasking, moto g 5G plus can keep up.

All this performance is powered by a powerful 5,000 mAh battery so you can go for two days without having to worry about slowing down or recharging.5 Free yourself from the tyranny of power outlets and game or stream to your heart’s content. When you do need to plug in, 20W TurboPower™ charging makes getting back to the good stuff easier than ever.

With moto g 5G plus there’s a better way to pay. Simply hold your phone near an NFC terminal to make a purchase at the store. It’s fast and secure, so there’s no need to carry cash or credit cards. NFC technology also lets you wirelessly share content like contacts, pictures, and videos with other devices.

When it comes to software, our priority is bringing the best experiences possible to our consumers, and our relationship with Google speaks to that commitment. We continue to build on a tight integration with Google services. As with all Motorola devices, Google Photos remains our native gallery app. With it you will have a new way to store, search, and share all your photos and videos. Automatically organized and searchable by the people, places, and things in them, your photos and memories are always easy to find and share. This means unlimited storage for all of your photos which are automatically backed up and can be accessed, edited and shared from anywhere.

Instead of duplicating the great things Google does with Android, we choose to build upon it to enhance customers’ mobile experience. That’s why moto g 5G plus also includes My UX, which brings all Moto Experiences customers have come to know and love as well as a variety of new customizable features. My UX gives users custom settings and advanced controls to music, videos and games. Users can even create their own device themes by choosing from unique fonts, colors, and icon shapes, so their phone is one in a million.

Availability & pricing

moto g 5G plus will be available from July 8th on across Europe in two variants, starting at €349 and €399. Prices by market may vary depending on local taxes and memory configurations. Moto g 5G plus will also reach KSA, UAE and many other markets in the near future.

With the exciting release of moto g 5G plus in Europe, Motorola is advancing its mission to deliver 5G for all. In North America, affordable 5G started with moto z4 and 5G moto mod, and continues with edge, launching later this summer. To further our mission, Motorola is committing to launch a sub-$500 5G device in North America this fall.

For full pricing information and specifications, visit our website or reach out to your local PR contact. Images can be found here (you agree to our license terms when downloading images or videos).

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