Student Spotlight: Wes Hagman, Nissan North America

Eller PDC Student Stories

wes infinitiWes is working this summer at Nissan North America in the Infiniti Division in Irvine, CA.

Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:

The story about how I ended up at Nissan is awesome. Last December I came across Eric Anderson’s email address. He is Infiniti West’s Vice President. As an Infiniti enthusiast and student looking for a valuable internship opportunity, I emailed him inquiring about a possible internship opportunity. His coworker and my current supervisor called me two weeks later saying he liked my resume and wanted me to apply for the position once it was posted online. The next part of the story is very ironic.  With the help of my career coach Marisa Allen, I used LinkedIn to find current automotive employees who graduated from Eller. I came across the name of Pearl Bailey, an Arizona alum and current Infiniti employee. I called her for an informational interview and to see how she liked working in the automotive industry and in particular, Infiniti. She was very helpful. Towards the end of the phone call, I told her that Tom Tracy, my current supervisor, had called me earlier. It turns out that Tom was her previous boss about ten years ago in Atlanta. Pearl put in a good word to Tom for me. And now here I am!

What do you like and dislike about your internship and the industry you work in?

I like the products involved in the automotive industry! I am a big car guy so it is very nice to be passionate about the products your company is selling. I do not like how indirect the automotive industry is. There are two parts to it: the corporate side and the retailer side. I am interning on the corporate side so it can be difficult trying to operate your business through other people.

What advice do you have for other interns?

In order to succeed in an internship, you have to be hungry for knowledge and willing to always help. Also, brush up on your excel skills!