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Cade Best ’17

Major(s)

Finance

Hometown

Roscoe, Ill.

Name of Business/Organization

Leeward Business Advisors in Kenosha

Internship Position

IT Financial Analysis Intern

Give three words that sum up your internship experience.

Engaging, Productive, Knowledgeable

How did you learn about your internship?

The Career Services Office connected me with several opportunities that they believed would be most beneficial for me to pursue in regards to my career aspirations. Afterwards, we met to discuss the employers that I would be interested working for.”

Describe your internship.

“As an intern I get to calculate and analyze energy savings for businesses converting from thick to thin client hardware. A project assigned by the CEO, I formulated and developed an interactive calculator to determine overall reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) and carbon emissions due to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology.”

What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?

“The most intriguing aspect of my internship is that I am able to apply my skills and interests to various projects. Each project that I was assigned had useful purposes for my employer and I. Some challenges included not becoming discouraged if I am told to make corrections or edits to my work. In addition, not being afraid to ask for clarification if I did not understand a particular instruction.”

How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?

“Ever since my freshmen year I knew the major I chose was exciting and fulfilling. This internship has given me the opportunity to utilize what I have learned in the classroom in order to gain real world insight into the financial and technological industries.”

During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?

“Not only did I make multiple resume revisions, I also followed up each interview with a thank you email. This gesture shows that you are appreciative and are more likely to be committed to their business than other applicants.”

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?

“The positive liaison between the employers and Career Services Office that aids potential interns.”

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?

“Some advice I would give to other students is to keep an open mind. Attempt projects that are out of your comfort zone because that is ultimately how you grow as an individual. And last, but not least, network!”

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