Lakshmi Punati is graduating in 2017 with a double major in Management Information Systems and Finance. She Interned with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co in New York city.
What was a typical day at your internship like? My typical day would start off at 8 am in the morning with a quick catch-up with my manager and then get started with my emails. My objectives were clearly explained to me during my first week so I try to accomplish work related to my objectives day by day. I was also helping with BAU work, which usually didn’t take long. But most of the day is spent on talking to various teams globally and communicating what needs to be achieved. My day ends with a quick email to my manager explaining the things I accomplished today and what I need to work on the next day.
What was your favorite part of the internship? My favorite part would be the Senior speakers series which is where I had the opportunity to hear from CEO, COO, CFO, CIO and so on in person. It was great to learn and get some helpful advice. I’ve only heard about them on the news so it was an experience I will never forget.
What are a few things you learned? There was so much I learned this summer. I learned how to communicate effectively to various teams depending on their communication styles. On the more technical side, working in my team I had the opportunity to learn about all the types of systems and applications infrastructure and how they are used with the clients and internal team. More importantly, I learned how to connect and network with various different teams and branches of the corporations.
What advice you have for other students looking for a similar internship? I recommend students to do their research before their interviews or even before the information session because it makes them look professional and knowledgeable. Also, when they do land in the internship, be sure to branch out and learn about other opportunities within the bank. Internships are a great way of building real world knowledge and take every chance you get to learn.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Making the decision to be part of Eller is one of the best decisions I made. I learned how to be professional and be a leader in the community along with making decisions smarter