Internship Spotlight – Christian Conlee, Pima County Finance and Risk Management

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Christian Conlee is an Accounting major and will graduate in May of 2019.  He interned this summer for Pima County Finance and Risk Management as the Department Analysis Intern in Tucson, Arizona. 

How did you get this internship?  I simply applied on Handshake when Pima County Finance and Risk Management posted the internship position. I was asked to interview with them and I was successful in obtaining the position.

What was a typical day like? Every day was different as an Intern in the Departmental Analysis Division. After catching up on immediate items at the beginning of the day, I was tasked with working on department forecasts, attending departmental forecast meetings, working on special projects, researching department charges, performing inventory counts for departments, and more. We were always helping departments with their finances and providing them with immediate services. After completing one task or multiple tasks, it was onto the next set of tasks to accomplish. I was always kept busy by projects that lasted days and small items that took a few minutes.

A team meeting always took place every week to ensure that everyone was up to date on specific financial items on the team. Every month, a division meeting took place with discussions about general financial items, upcoming county and department events, special recognitions, and more.

What was your favorite part of the experience? The best part about working with Pima County Departmental Analysis had to be that I felt like I was truly a part of the team. Everyone welcomed me with open arms and was willing to take the time to teach me more about the County. I was able to see everything from the perspective of a full-time employee and be included in all the meetings and events that took place.

What did you find most challenging about your internship?Learning about the county structure and the operation of government versus a private business was a challenge. Throughout the internship, I gained more knowledge about the operations of Pima County and how a government organization sets itself apart from other private businesses.

What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? My advice would to be to go to Meet the Firms and start a conversation with those who you are interested in pursuing an internship opportunity. Learn more about that organization and what internship and externship opportunities they may offer. An externship would help you make that determination if you would want to do an internship with that organization. When I did my externship with Pima County, I got a taste of what they did, and I knew I wanted to come back and learn more.

Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? No, my employer did not provide any housing or transportation assistance.