Give three words that sum up your internship experience.
Challenging, Rewarding, and Fun
How did you learn about your internship?
I was encouraged by my accounting professor to attend an employer-on-campus information session that Career Services had set up.
Describe your internship.
My main job as the Finance Intern for Alternate Site is to support my Financial Analyst in any way that she would need my services. Daily tasks include pulling sales, updating models, prepping slides for presentations to the leadership team, tracking against forecasts, and building reports to send high-level financial information to other divisions within Pfizer. As part of my internship, I was also assigned two large projects that required me to build models from scratch, which Alternate Site will be using in the future for their monthly reports. I also got to be apart of creating the sales forecast for our division for 2017-2019, and helped prep the financials for the second quarter close.
What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?
I really enjoyed everything I did: nothing was boring or busy work! Everyday was something new to learn and experience, and I embraced the challenges that came with it. The biggest challenge was probably learning all the new financial systems and functions on Excel, but it was cool to see! I think the best part was getting to work with such an amazing and talented team. I learned a lot, not only about finance, but also how the business functions day-to-day, which was really cool to experience.
How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?
My internship was a mini-version of the Finance Development Program, which is a rotational program for 2 years that trains Financial Analysts in different aspects of the business. Hopefully, I will get the opportunity to be apart of this program.
During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?
I think the first thing that made me stand out were my networking skills. I talked to every person at the information session, and I asked a ton of questions. I also had a really strong resume thanks to help from Career Services, and I had a business card attached to it. Those kinds of soft skills and little details will separate you from everyone else, and I think that is super important.
What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?
My Accounting professors and Career Services - if you ever want help finding and securing an internship, they are super helpful. They make sure you have all the tools and tips that you need to in order to be a strong candidate.
Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?
Do not be afraid to ask for help before, during, and even after your internship. Carthage has so many resources to help you find, prepare for, and secure an internship with a great company. Your employers and colleagues are mentors, and they are always willing to help. Keep connecting with people even after you leave college because networking is the most important thing you can do.