Cayla Hausler is a MIS major and will be graduating in May of 2019. She interned for Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois as the Software Developmental Project Manager.
What was a typical day like? I attended many daily meetings because we operated through using Agile/SCRUM project management methodology. Every morning, each project would have its own 15-minute stand-up meeting. Then, at least one additional meeting throughout the day. I was involved in 3 main projects during my internship. All of these meetings showed me the importance of strong communication and collaboration in the workplace.
What was your favorite part of the experience? My favorite part of my experience at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago were the people and culture. Everyone was eager to involve me in their projects while allowing me to be a part of their teams. I was not just an intern at FHLBC; I was a valued team member.
What did you find most challenging about your internship?Going into my internship, I was anxious and scared because I was unsure if I was capable of doing all of the tasks that they would ask of me. However, I feel that my first semester at Eller truly prepared me for all the jobs I completed during my internship. I was surprised to figure out that the most challenging part of my internship was learning how to work with coworkers on a global scale on a daily basis. For example, my team and I worked with developers located in India via conference calls. Communication was vital because of our fast-paced projects, so having barriers in between our communication was tough at times; however, we overcame it and produced successful results.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? Make sure to do in-depth research on what exactly the company does before you start. Once you start getting involved in projects, it is critical that you understand as much as possible of what is going on in order to get the most out of your experience.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? I am very grateful to be a part of the Eller Experience because it gave me the courage to apply for an internship. Eller gave me the confidence through my course work and professional development training to do so.
Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? No, my employer did not provide any housing or transportation assistance.
Anything else you would like to share about your internship experience? I would love to recommend others from Eller to apply for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago Internship Program as it exceeded my expectations and boosted my confidence as a growing professional. I saw the skills that I learned during my first semester at Eller being utilized in everyday tasks. It was not only a rewarding experience, but it was a fun, welcoming place to work.