Jason Tsudik is a Management major who will graduate in December 2017. He had an internship this summer at The Money Source Inc. in Tempe, Arizona as the vendor analyst. For this internship, housing was not provided however, he was able to find friends who were subleasing.
What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part of my experience was having a boss who genuinely appreciated and valued me. Being able to work autonomously was great and aided in the development of my time management skills. Having chief level officers know who I was an appreciate my input/work was also a huge plus, but more relevant for smaller, often private companies.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it. I worked on boarding law firms and vendors in compliance with regulatory agencies and laws. It essentially was a summer full of auditing all aspects of a company based on the risk the vendor/law firm posed to my company.
What did you find most challenging about the internship? The most challenging aspect of the internship was honestly gauging the culture of the company and adapting at the style of communication. Every company is different and operates differently. Getting used to the dynamics and everyday subculture in the office was not very difficult, but it was on going, which made it the most challenging aspect.
In terms of work content, waiting on process impediments and corporate bureaucracy was tough, but essentially out of your control.
What advice do you have for other students seeking a similar internship? Seriously get your face around. Apply to jobs that you don’t think you may be suitable for, you really never know. These employers often don’t now exactly who they are looking for and it could be you. Also, you can’t hit what you don’t swing at. Exposure exposure exposure.