Richard is a Finance and Entrepreneurship major graduating in May 2018. This summer, Richard interned at Lincoln Property Company in Phoenix, AZ and Westview Financial Group in San Diego, CA. For his internships, he was able to accommodate the living situation by joining College housing pages on Facebook.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it below: At Lincoln Property the two biggest projects that I worked on were creating a more structured internship program and creating a master encumbrance list of over a 100 leases that the company negotiated and managed. By restructuring the company’s internship program I was able to create a program that would allow the company to utilize the talents of their future interns more efficiently. The encumbrance list made it easier for upper management to keep track of the different contractual obligations they had with each leasee.
At Westview Financial Group the biggest project I worked on was creating a promotional video that was sent out to all the Senior Living Communities in San Diego County. The video allowed the company to introduce their Senior Home Purchase Program to over a 100 people through a creative and innovative way.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging part about working with Lincoln Property Company was the repetitive nature of the job. Each day was very similar. To combat this challenge I made sure that I created challenges for myself with in what I was working on and I always asked for new assignments that were different then the ones I was already working on. This allowed me to stay motivated while working.
The most challenging part about working with Westview Financial Group was having to leave the company at the end of my internship.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? My advice for students looking for a similar internship opportunity is to always take advantage of networking events. Even if that person or company that you are meeting with can not offer you an internship they can always refer you to someone else that is able to.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Eller prepared me for my internships by giving me the tools that were necessary to be successful, such as the ability to work with Excel, complete tasks by strict deadlines and work in groups. By participating in several Eller events and being involved in several Eller clubs, I felt confident in my abilities while completing tasks and interacting with colleagues during my internships. Overall Eller played a huge part in my success this past summer.