Nichelle White is an MIS senior who interned with Honeywell this summer.
Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:
I actually found this internship opportunity through Wildcat JobLink and as a little bit of advice for students seeking internships, you should not limit yourself to only the resources offered through Eller. It becomes very easy to stick to the “Eller Island” status and you can over look opportunities offered by Career Services in the Union or in various locations on campus. After applying I spent a week preparing for my interview by researching the company, reaching out to my Career Coach Nancy for ideas on possible intern interview questions, and finally by reaching out to individuals that have interned with Honeywell in the past. I felt as prepared as I could possibly be going into that interview and I am really glad I took the time to study so much.
What was a typical day at your internship like?
A typical day working for Honeywell is very hard to explain because the day was determined primarily on yourself. We were given a lot of freedom and responsibilities in our roles in a way that we were in charge of our own time management to complete assigned projects. If we needed to take extra days to complete assignments we were allowed to do so while being aware that additional work could be assigned at any time. Some days were extremely busy and others were a little lighter but there was always a meeting to go to!
What was your favorite part of the internship?
My favorite part of my internship was conducting a presentation in front of the Vice President to propose an Enterprise wide PPM tool and basically determine how Honeywell was going to spend their money efficiently. I was given the opportunity to meet the Vice President and gain some exposure for myself and prove to him the work that I am capable of. He was very impressed with my presentation and my proposal which later went on to be approved by the President and is now in effect. It was such an amazing opportunity to showcase what I have learned in Eller but to also learn how a Fortune 100 company makes important expensive decisions to benefit the Enterprise.