Student Spotlight: Amanda Gunderson, GEICO

Eller PDC Student Stories

Amanda is a Business Management major senior who interned this summer at GEICO in Tucson, AZ

Amanda Gunderson, GEICO

Photo courtesy of Amanda Gunderson


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

I heard GEICO would be at the Eller Career Showcase, and it seemed like a promising company to intern for.  I went through the application process after meeting the recruiters at the Career Showcase, and ended up landing a great internship!

What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?

I had a lot of favorite moments throughout my internship at GEICO, but one of my favorite parts was that we got to rotate through the different departments. Each week, we would begin a new project for a different department, and it really helped to give us a good understanding of how the company works as a whole.  When I was looking for a summer internship, I talked to several companies where interns are in one position throughout the summer.  I think it is a great opportunity to accept a rotational position because it helps you to figure out what you like and don’t like about different departments.

What advice you have for other interns?

My best advice is to be yourself. An internship is basically a long job interview. The company is seeing if they think you are a good fit, and you get to see if you think you would fit in within that company. So really let your personality shine and show that you are a great leader, while staying professional at all times. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions! This is your opportunity to ask managers, mentors, peers, etc., everything that you want to know about the company, and any other career advice as well. Companies are looking for interns that show interest in pursuing a long-term career with them and really care about the work they are putting in during their internship.

How has Eller prepared you for your internship?

At GEICO, we would give presentations to management every week after our projects were completed.  Being in Eller has really helped me to become a better presenter from all the practice, especially in high pressure environments such as the case competitions.  That translated into me being able to present smoothly in front of managers and directors at GEICO.

Eller really gives you all the tools that you need to be successful in a work environment. At my internship, we were analyzing data, creating recommendations, working in teams, making PowerPoints, networking, planning events, and so much more. You can take everything you have learned from Eller, whether it be from the classroom or from group projects, and apply it to your internship to be successful.