How Career Coaching Helped Me Get an Internship with Verizon

Eller PDC Coach's Corner, Student Stories

IMG_0945By Emily Tangeman, Management Senior

I went to the Spring Career Days in 2012 and passed by the Verizon table but didn’t strike up a conversation. I knew I was interested in Human Resources but at the time, I didn’t think Verizon’s HR internship was open to sophomores. I talked with one of my Eller friends Rachel Heob who told me Verizon had changed their requirements and were now looking for sophomores. I was thrilled! The only problem was I had already been offered an internship with with another company for a store management program. I only had two weeks to give them my decision.

I then met with Pete Corrigan to discuss my dilemma. Pete introduced me via email to his Verizon recruiting contact, Sheila Thomas. I sent Pete my resume and cover letter for the internship that he then emailed to Sheila. Sheila told me they were finishing the last interviews for the HR internship and told me to apply as soon as possible. I applied for the internship online through Wildcat Joblink, interviewed and got it. I then declined my other offer and ramped up for my summer with Verizon. When I met Sheila in the office, she told me that if it weren’t for Pete’s introduction, they would have offered the position to another candidate. Sheila told me they put students referred by Pete at the top of their candidate pool because he sends her the best and brightest from Eller.

I interned with Verizon from May 2012 through August 2013. I recruited the top talent for the Southwest Region for retail, campus and business-to-business sales. I participated in the full cycle recruiting process for retail. For campus recruiting, I was in charge of staffing our intern and Retail Leadership Development positions in Tucson and Phoenix. For B2B sales roles, I interviewed candidates for Major Account Manager positions.

I planned and executed an intern/ RLDP summit in August 2012. I helped with several West Area leadership conferences where I traveled to Irvine, CA and represented my HR team. This summer I worked more with the HR consultants on the employee relations side of HR. I conducted investigations and compliance complaint responses. I worked on daily reporting for the SW region by analyzing exit interviews, compiling performance evaluation and leave data. I partnered with one HR consultant and conducted employee engagement trainings in Las Vegas, Tucson and Chandler for retail, indirect and B2B managers. I conducted new hire focus groups with our regional retail director. I went on store visits with the HR consultants and handled adhoc tasks for the regional president on behalf of my supervisor.

Working with Pete Corrigan has been a priceless experience. I have worked with Pete for the last two years and his support has made my internship and job search seemless. Pete is not only well connected in a variety of fields of business but he offers excellent career advice. I have referred other friends to Pete and they too are grateful for his wisdom and encouragement. I would recommend going to a career coach to anyone, but especially people who do not know where to start when looking for jobs. With Eller’s new career coaches, this will be a chance for students to have a professional mentor guide them as they finish their undergrad career and dive into the “real world”. My family does not have a strong background in business so having a career coach guide and mentor me has motivated me to expand my career possibilities and increase my self-confidence.