Everyday was different. While we may have had reoccurring meetings, I worked on at least five projects throughout the summer, and everyday changed as projects progressed. One day could be back-to-back team meetings while another was more independent work at my desk. As part of the Corporate Development team, I shadowed the progression of a live deal and learned how to create, interpret, and present DCF models. On the Corporate Strategy team, I helped develop new-hire database training manuals and did research for upcoming strategy initiatives.
On top of all the day-to-day team work, the company held many events for all the interns. For example, each week I attended at least one presentation from a senior member of the firm. We were exposed to events held by the company’s diversity networks, participated in a community service initiative, and competed in a portfolio case competition.
What advice do you have for other interns?
Be curious. Ask many questions and make sure you understand what you’re tasked with. It’s important to know how someone wants you to do something, but it’s also necessary to know why you’re doing it. What’s the bigger picture? This is a huge factor to your success because you are able to contribute to something that will last beyond your internship.
Also, give 100% to every project and task you work on. The people around you notice everything, and they appreciate working with those who have a great work ethic.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship?
The three areas that Eller prepared me for the most were teamwork, presentations, and time management. Not only was I part of a team for our portfolio case competition, but I was in several groups for projects throughout the summer. On one project, I had the opportunity to collaborate with intern in the London office.
One of the most important facets of my work was presentations, both formal and informal. I felt that Eller put me at an advantage in understanding how to construct PowerPoint decks, present in front of people, and anticipate questions. Lastly, with the amount of projects and small tasks I had over the course of my internship, time management was key to helping me get my work done quickly and efficiently. With all the group work in Eller classes and the encouraged club involvement outside of classes, I have definitely learned how to prioritize my time.