Where did you extern and where was the company located?
I externed at Groupon in downtown Chicago.
Who did you shadow at the company and what was their role/ job title?
I shadowed Tim Compton who is the manager of Finance at Groupon.
Why did you want to do this externship?
I wanted to do this externship because I wanted to get a better idea of what corporate finance was going to look like in the real world. I wanted to get a very hands-on experience so I could have a better view of the industry I plan on pursuing.
What did you do during this job shadow experience?
During my job shadow experience I was able to sit in on meetings with the CFOs of the company to talk about the financial statements they received for closing the books. I was able to listen in on calls in the customer support section, sit down with a buyer to understand their role in the company, have one on ones with top management, as well as interpret and manipulate financial statements and which numbers correlated with what.
What did you learn as a result of the externship?
What I will take away from this internship is the wonderful experience I had at Groupon as well as the knowledge I gained from working with such enjoyable individuals who really wanted me to learn and enjoy the financial industry.