Travis Potuznik is studying Business Management and interned at GEICO.
Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship. I spoke to a recruiter at the spring career fair and gave her my resume. At an Eller Management Association event a few days later, I had the opportunity to speak to her some more about the job and set up a time to interview the next week.
What was your favorite part of the internship? Problem solving. My entire internship revolved around being placed in a new department every few weeks and being asked to solve a problem. Later, we would present our findings to some of the top level management in the company. It was great to see how important we were to the managers, even though we were just interns! Plus GEICO’s culture was fantastic! We had a lot of fun every day and our managers were very supportive and friendly.
What are a few things you learned? How to effectively work in teams. Eller gave me a glimpse of it, but working in teams in a corporate setting required another level of group cohesion. Plus, the day-to-day life in a corporate office is different than I have ever experienced. It isn’t something that you really learn in class, so its hard to understand before starting.
What advice you have for other students looking for a similar internship? Put yourself out there! Don’t be scared to send our as many emails to recruiters as possible. Go to every info session and career fair with resumes on hand. If you aren’t getting a response from a recruiter, be persistent. Keep contacting!
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Eller taught me how to deal with the rigor of having multiple projects, assignments, and presentations at once. In my internship, I was busy working on several projects for most of my days and I don’t know if I could have done all of it successfully without Eller.