Student Spotlight- Katie McCallister, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

Eller PDC Student Stories

Katie McCallister is a Marketing senior who had an internship with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation in Scottsdale, AZ this summer.

unnamedTell us a little bit about how you landed the internship: I landed this internship thanks to my career coach, Marisa Allen (thank you!). I turned to her for advice and help regarding a summer internship, and she told me about the opportunity. I went up to Scottsdale for an in-person interview, and a few weeks later I found out I got the gig!

What is a typical day at your internship like? Every day at my internship was different, and that’s what I loved the most about it. One day I’m meeting with the Human Resources department to talk about the strategic goals of the company, and the next I’m helping train employees on a new information system on a conference call with Europe. No day was the same, and it was awesome to have such a versatile internship experience.

What was your favorite part of the internship? My favorite part of the internship was the exposure to all departments and functions of the company. I got to meet with executives and members of departments all across the business – from marketing and finance to supply chain and R&D. Each week we’d have lunch with a different person and they’d tell us about their role and give us advice for success in general. This took my internship to the next level and really gave me a better understanding of how a company operates as a whole.

What advice you have for other interns? Although everyone says this, it really is up to you to make the most out of your internship. People are more than willing to help – all you have to do is ask. Everyone has something to teach you, and the more questions you ask, the more you’ll learn and be able to take with you to your future experiences.

How has Eller prepared you for your internship? I don’t think I would have been successful in this role if I didn’t have a few Eller courses under my belt already. The basic knowledge I learned in my first semester of Eller about how a business fundamentally works was applied every day and allowed me to participate in intelligent conversations with executives. I found the skills I learned in Business Communications particularly useful. The ability to write and speak professionally is crucial, and I was able to give a presentation to over 30 people, including executives, no sweat.