Rachel Barnitt is studying MIS and she interned at Charles Schwab in Phoenix, AZ.
Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship. I applied through a posting on Wildcat Joblink. From there, I had a screening phone interview with an HR representative and then was called for in person interviews.
What was a typical day at your internship like? I spent a lot of time working on my project, both by myself and with a lot of collaboration from others. My project was in the exploratory phase so I spent a lot of time researching difference aspects of it and testing my ideas. I also was involved in meetings on a daily basis related to my project and my department. One afternoon each week all of the interns got together for learning programs to learn more about Schwab culture, our financial health, and other topics to help us in the workforce.
What was your favorite part of the internship? I really liked how I had the opportunity to work on a real project instead of just busywork. It gave me a chance to improve existing skills, learn new ones and also provided the company with results that were meaningful to them.
What are a few things you learned? I spent a lot of time working with technology that was new to me. I had exposure to Alteryx, Python, and D3 among others and learned a lot about infrastructure architecture that I didn’t know before.
What advice you have for other students looking for a similar internship? Apply to many and be open to different companies and positions. You never know what companies are going to like you and you may end up liking a company in an industry you never thought of before.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Through my MIS classes I learned lots of technical skills including SQL, which was extremely useful for my internship and knowing it beforehand helped me to make progress sooner. What I learned in Business Communications helped me to produce high quality presentations and gave me confidence in presenting them.