Denise is a Finance major graduating in May 2018. This summer, she interned for Siemens as a Financial Leadership Development Program Intern in Foster City, California.
How did you land this internship?
My interest in Siemens sparked after speaking with their representatives at Eller’s Career Showcase. I knew someone that had interned with them the year prior, so the name was familiar. In the days following the showcase, I had an on campus interview with Siemens. From there, I was flown out to Atlanta, Georgia for a super day and landed the internship from there!
What was your favorite part of the experience?
I left Siemens knowing I made a lasting impact. The projects I completed will be in continual use to the Siemens eMeter finance team. I was the only intern in this office. My team treated me as an equal, held me to the same standards they have set for each other and never once treated me as if I was a student. I value the real life experience I gained at Siemens.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it.
I had two main projects I worked on throughout the summer. The first project was to transform our current SalesForce database to directly reflect our sales. This involved reading and collecting data from every customer agreement, creating a master data workbook in excel and having one final upload to SalesForce. This project was tedious but very rewarding. The company now has one database to refer to that has the exact numbers– something that was not readily available prior.
My second large project was focused on cost center consolidation. I had to collect and analyze data from over 900 cost centers, meet with the cost center owners and pitch them my recommendation for the future use of these cost centers– whether it be to close, consolidate or continue to use them.
What advice do you have for other students seeking a similar internship?
Take advantage of the resources Eller provides to us. The faculty will go above and beyond for any student that reaches out for help and takes the requires steps to success.