Kevin Rataczak is a Business Economics major graduating in May 2018. This summer, Kevin interned with Geico as their Leadership intern in San Diego, CA. Over the summer, he was able to live at home with his parents.
What was a typical day like? Every day was different depending on where we were in our projects. Since we had five projects over the course of summer, there was a lot of variety. We would usually start with a meeting of all the interns, and then we would split up to work on our different group projects. We had the ability to interview and survey employees, as well as set up meetings high ranking people within departments. Every day all the interns would eat together, they had a cafeteria onsite, as well as some really good lunch places nearby. Besides those things, we spent most of our time coming up with recommendations, analyzing data, and putting together recommendations. On Fridays, the interns would usually hang out after work, which was always a nice way to finish the week.
What was your favorite part of the experience? Getting to meet and work with so many great people was the best part of my internship. Since there were so many talented interns and GEICO employees, there was always something to learn from someone else. I still talk to a lot of the other interns on a weekly basis and try to spend time with them when I am back in San Diego. I also got to meet fellow Eller student Lauren Leccesse, who I worked on a project with.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it below: We rotated through departments roughly every three weeks, trying to come up with valuable recommendations based on analysis and interviews. The most rewarding part of the internship was having recommendations implemented by GEICO for the whole state of California. It was great to feel like we could really make an impact and help to keep evolving the company.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? The most challenging part of the internship was presenting projects and recommendations. The people we presented to were in charge of the whole state of California and included Vice Presidents and Directors. Trying to be tactful when you are presenting to a department’s head can be very challenging and intimidating.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? Eller helped me by developing my presentation skills, as well as giving me the ability to analyze data and think critically. The projects we did in BCOM taught me how to be a confident presenter, and utilize feedback from others. The technical skills that I picked up in various MIS classes allowed me to analyze and understand data, which was very important to our projects.
Anything else you would like to share about your internship experience? It was a great experience and it forced me to improve on my weaknesses.