Annie Thede is an Accounting major and will graduate in May of 2019. She interned this summer for Texas Instruments as the Accounting, Finance, and Operations Intern in Dallas, Texas.
How did you get this internship? I was able to get this internship by attending Meet the Firms, Eller Expo, and Career Fair events. I knew I wanted to go into industry, so I was able to connect with most of the companies that came to these events. I saw Texas Instruments and researched the company and continually went to different events/meetings that they held on campus. I formed relationships with the recruiters so they could put a face to the name when I submitted an application. I had an on campus interview, then had to complete a hire-view. From there I was extended the opportunity to become an intern.
What was a typical day like?A typical day started off with a cup of joe. I would arrive to work around 8am, but the time was very flexible which I appreciated. As long as you got your work done, if you aren’t a morning person, you didn’t have to be there at the crack of dawn. I would check my emails and look at my calendar for the day. Once assigned my project, I did a lot of data analytics. I would see what conclusions I needed to draw and created TONS of pivot tables on a daily basis. If I had any questions, I would set up time on random people’s calendars that were experts in the area I was confused about. I was able to network a lot within the company and formed relationships with people from all different backgrounds. I would eat a lean cuisine around noon in the huge cafeteria and sat with all the other TI interns. Towards the end of the day I would tie off with my boss on my work I did throughout the day, and she would help give me pointers for what I needed to do the rest of the week. After work at least once a week there would be a social intern event or different gatherings with people in different areas of TI to meet and connect with them outside of work.
What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part of my internship experience was meeting new people and developing myself professionally. The culture at TI is extremely young, positive, and supportive. It felt like I was constantly surrounded by people just like me. I also loved the social opportunities. My boss/team always found ways to celebrate any of my internship successes off the TI clock and by the end of the internship I called them my friends before my coworkers. I also loved the level of trust and independence I was given right from the start. I knew I could ask questions if I had them, but I was able to work through problems on my own and I felt like I really developed leadership skills and how to be confident in my abilities.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? For students looking for a similar internship I would highly recommend getting as much in person face time with recruiters from companies you are interested in. Go to all of the events and get the experience of talking with people, especially if you are really excited about one company in specific. If you do get the chance to interview with that company, it will be a lot less nerve wrecking because you’ve already met and connected with recruiters. Additionally, I feel like you are more of a stand out candidate if they see the efforts you were making to connect with people from the company.
Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? My employer provided assistance for housing and roommates.