Paul Zajac is studying MIS and had an internship with Honeywell in Morris Plains, NJ.
Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship: I applied for the position on Wildcat JobLink and had an on-campus interview which was fairly relaxed. For the 2nd interview, I rode with a small group of other U of A students to Honeywell’s site in Tempe for their “Fantastic Friday” event, where I got to experience the office culture, the people, and learn more information about the position and the company. After a couple weeks, I received a phone call with the offer!
What was a typical day at your internship like? Due to the variety of projects and teams I worked with, no two days were alike. However, I would normally arrive at 8am and join a virtual meeting with my primary team in India, in which we used agile methodology to quickly debrief everyone’s progress and action items for the day/week. Throughout the day I would have meetings with other project teams and shift my focus from one project to another depending on the priority level. Oh, and of course I would help myself to a cup of coffee from time to time J
What was your favorite part of the internship? My favorite part of the internship was the IT intern social event at the NY Yankees vs. NY Mets game at Yankee Stadium! It was really nice getting to know my coworkers on a persona level and learn more about the company in a relaxed, informal setting. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see a game of the Subway Series?!
What are a few things you learned? One thing I learned professionally aside from the data visualization techniques is that it is okay to incorporate humor into presentations (appropriately, of course) to relax everyone in the meeting room. I also developed my ability to socialize with senior-level managers in a relaxed, conversational manner and still exhibit my personality in a professional manner.
What advice you have for other students looking for a similar internship? In general, don’t let anyone discourage you from applying for an internship or a position because “you’re too young” or “don’t have enough experience”. With enough drive, passion, and maybe a little luck you may find yourself in a position you otherwise would have closed yourself off from before even trying.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Eller enhanced my soft skills in terms of public speaking, networking, and interviewing. Through all of the projects and presentations in my courses, I felt very prepared in working with diverse teams and being able to speak on short notice in various social contexts.