I am going on my 25th year working at Datacolor currently as a Global Key Account Manager who directs the activities of four key account managers based in the US, Europe, China, and Hong Kong. Our team manages Datacolor’s relationships with global retail/apparel accounts with a goal of expanding our presence in their supply chains. We do this by providing technical support, assisting with development of color management procedures, participating in supplier summits, and sharing the latest trends in digital color management. I love how Datacolor gives me the opportunity to solve problems for customers. It’s so fulfilling to see our customers really “get it” and see the benefits of our products when I have successfully guided them through implementation of a digital color management program. I believe working at Datacolor has shown me the importance of taking responsibility for maintaining strong customer relationships and in being responsive to anyone who reaches out to me for assistance, either externally or internally. That takes the form of the saying “I am Datacolor” in every conversation with a customer. So if they have a problem, the response is “I will get on it and get back to you” and then following through rather than just hiding from a difficult situation or assuming that someone else will take care of it. I have learned that people appreciate a timely response, and I chuckle when I get emails that say “Thank you for the quick response!”, so obviously, it is not standard practice. If someone thought enough of me to ask a question, then I should think enough of them to not delay my response without a good reason.

Christopher Salandra

R&D

 

“Within this past summer, I have gained experience and grown in several ways I could not have imagined possible. I’ve developed my thinking and problem-solving skills through the several projects we were assigned. Also, I’ve learned how to approach certain situations and how to address them depending on the audience and circumstances.”

 

 

 


 

Erin Chuba

R&D

 

“My internship at Datacolor allowed me to gain an understanding of what it’s like to work in industry and to develop a better understanding of what type of career I would like to pursue moving forward. It also taught me how different industry is from academics, how to adjust to a full-time work schedule and how to work collaboratively.”

 

 

 

 


 

Charles Carretti

Marketing

 

“I’ve learned here that there is always something to work on, and although projects may take a considerable amount of back-and-forth feedback to reach completion, that process and ultimate satisfaction of a completed design is worth it. I’ve also learned arguably more about marketing as a science and gained more software knowledge during my time in the office than I have in some of the courses I’ve taken at my university. Also, because of my work this summer I’ve already been offered to work on another project during my next semester, so I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again. Datacolor is just a great company.”

 


 

Matthew McKay

Human Resources 

 

“It was also an interesting learning experience for me personally when I was working on the employee engagement surveys because I got to see how the employees really felt about working at Datacolor. I learned that the employee engagement survey allows the employees the opportunity to voice their opinion and show that they really care about the company.”

 

 

 

 


 

Sumandeep Dhaliwal

Corporate Finance

 

“I learned about many different software tools within two months and also became a Pro in excel. The second interesting fact is distinguishing between academic knowledge and real-world experience. The books are based on assumption, they provide a lot of information, however, the real world seems different from them. The experience at Datacolor helped me develop skills professionally and socially which are long lasting too.”

 

 

 

 


 

Justin Carlton

R&D

 

“For as long as I can remember I have always dreamt of being an engineer when I grow up. This internship has provided me the platform to kickstart my lifelong goal. I am looking forward to every opportunity that arises in my future. One of the most interesting things that I learned about Datacolor is that the first solution is not always the best solution. Even though everyone may be thinking the same about how to solve a problem there may be other alternatives that are more effective, efficient, creative and ultimately disruptive to the market.”

Ahmed Khalil, Digital Marketing

 

“Datacolor provided an environment that really prepares you for the professional world. Even at the intern level, you are given tasks and projects to work on that will have a similar impact that a full time employee would have. It does a great job setting you up to make sure you are taking responsibility of your work. I find that I learned things that I would have never expected to dive into at Datacolor. There was some new programs that I picked up as well as new topics such as SEO that I can use elsewhere. The most surprising thing for me at Datacolor was the treatment of interns throughout the company. As an intern, you are held to a similar standard to that of the full time employees. I think Datacolor is a great place for someone to gain experience in a true professional setting.”

 


 

Minwei Young, Marketing

 

“Through this internship, I was able to put my classroom learnings into practice. I have always been interested in brand marketing and audience analysis. My work with Google Ads and Google Analytics throughout this summer bridged those interests; I learned to embody the company’s brand when writing ad copy, track and measure ad success, and turn audience behavior into actionable insights. For a long time, I had made it a goal of mine to be certified in Google Ads & Google Analytics. This internship helped make it happen. The thing that surprised me the most was that there is an entire industry dedicated to color management. I was also surprised to learn that Datacolor works with big name brands like H&M, Target, and Swarovski to ensure color consistency in their supply chain.”

 

 


 

Krishna Mahadas, R&D

 

“One thing that I learned at Datacolor that was interesting was implementing various operating systems to communicate between devices. Another thing that I enjoyed learning was how to code a color measurement robot to move to the correct location. One more interesting thing I learned was how color actually works in the 1-day color course all the interns took. Since this was my first internship, one of my goals was to just experience what it is like to be in an actual working environment. I had originally thought that it would be tough to be working 8 hours a day for 5 days a week, but it turned out to be very enjoyable and interesting to work on various projects. I also wanted to get more experience working with both hardware and software. This internship was the perfect combination of both.”

 


 

Jacob Zoppina, Sales

 

“I learned about CRM programs such as Salesforce and MapAnything which helped me generate leads for our sales teams. I learned how to make sales phone calls and be confident in speaking to clients and urge them to purchase our products. I learned how to function in an office every day, showing up on time and prepared for work with a good attitude. I was most surprised by the friendliness of every employee. There is so much camaraderie among my department and it is great to work in a team that genuinely cares so much about each other every single day.”

 

 


 

Jennifer Kim, Human Resources

 

“I took a chance by taking an internship in a field that I didn’t study nor was really familiar with. Working at Datacolor allowed me to work in a blend of a lot of different fields and see things from the HR perspective which was really interesting. I was given a lot of independence which I really appreciated, and I was able to better understand myself and what I like or don’t like in a work environment. I think the fact that I was given a lot of freedom on projects that I was assigned and getting to actually see my work be implemented into the everyday functions of the company was the most surprising. As an intern it was a really rewarding and a rare experience to feel like my work has impact.”

 

 


 

Justin Carlton, R&D

 

“As a second-year intern, I knew what Datacolor had to offer. From my mentors to the lab equipment, everything I needed to expand my knowledge was right in front of me. Translating schoolwork to real, practical work done at this internship had its challenges, but the transition back to school afterwards really showed me just how much I had learned in such a short amount of time. Aside from all the new technical knowledge I have gained, I have also learned a lot about myself. I have learned what I enjoy working on as well as what I find to be tedious.”

 

 


 

Gabriel Enriquez, Finance Intern

 

“Interning at Datacolor has given me a better understanding of what I can expect in both a career in Accounting as well as working at in a corporation. Information of this kind cannot be found in substance solely from a classroom setting so I truly consider my experiences here as invaluable. Learning about the niche color industry in general was very interesting and how an ERP system (in this case JDE) is used as an accountant as well as the various issues that such a system presents. One of my core tasks throughout my internship was working on the collection of past due invoices. This taught me a lot about the etiquette needed to efficiently communicate between companies.”

 

 


 

Natalia Moran, Marketing Services

 

“As a content marketing intern for Datacolor, I curated, researched, and wrote a range of digital content types to support key marketing programs. My assigned projects allowed me to grow professionally as I was able to gain hands on experience with LinkedIn’s campaign tools as well as Canva, a graphic design application. At Datacolor, my learning experience went beyond the tasks at hand. I was able to experience the magnitude and reach of a global company, specifically how cultural and language barriers affected marketing initiatives. Not only was I able to better understand the innerworkings of a successful company, but I was also able to experience a fantastic company culture. The company fosters an open and friendly environment which makes it easy to ask questions and grow as both an individual and professional.”

 

I am the Director of Research here at Datacolor. In that role I mentor four scientists in the creation and implementation of new color-measurement and color image-processing technologies. I also manage patent creation and patent-context awareness at Datacolor, attend conferences, write research articles and op ed pieces, and participate in standards-bodies activities on behalf of Datacolor. I’ve known about Datacolor since its era under the name Applied Color Systems, but I didn’t join the team until 2003. People at Datacolor were always engaged, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and friendly. The company had a substantial reputation in the color-matching community, and generated high-quality products. My favorite aspect about working here is cooperating with others to perfect ideas that will be useful in the marketplace. My favorite part of managing others is to engage in productive dialogue that improves the technical excellence of our work. In my 14 years at Datacolor, I have learned to trust the people who work for me and let them make their own way, but to also keep track of the larger context of teams working across functions in the company.

Kate Edwards

I am currently a research scientist at Datacolor where I’ve been for the last 6 months. My job entails looking for ways to improve new and developmental products to better measure color. I also do testing, data collection and analysis, technical report writing, and presenting results. I was attracted to Datacolor because of its technical challenge of color, which was new to me. The job also allowed me to use specific software language which I had expertise in, plus I liked how the company was in a good financial situation. My favorite aspect of working here is the challenge of the work. We are doing high-level technical research on color here and there is a lot to learn. On the technical side, I have learned so much about color science since I started working here which has been fun. However, as a person, I have improved my resourcefulness in getting the knowledge I need to do my job such as figuring out who knows a topic and is helpful, and what are good information sources (books, journals, websites) for color learning.