Danielle Border is a Marketing major and will graduate in May 2019. She interned for Altria as the Territory Sales Intern in Los Angeles, California.
How did you get this internship? I’ve known of Altria since my freshman year at the UofA and have talked to Michael, the recruiter, since then. I did an externship with Eller with Altria my sophomore year and knew I liked the position so I made sure to talk to Altria at the fall career fair last year and went from there!
What was a typical day like? On a typical day, I would plan a handful of stores to go to based on the store’s needs, my intern project, and the initiatives set for that month. I would go to conferences, tobacco, and liquor stores and focus on VIP: the visibility of our products, the in stock, and price.
What was your favorite part of the experience? THE PEOPLE! Altria has an amazing company culture, there is always a team to help you if you ever need it. Although day to day you are on your own, there is always people still there for you.
If you worked on a big project, please describe it below: I worked on a project where I analyzed the water & tobacco segment. Altria just realized a product in this category so we helped them get a deeper look on the industry as a whole in southern California.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship?Be very outgoing and transparent about what you are looking for. Yes, recruiters want you to work for their company if it is a good fit, but they also want you to find what’s best for you!
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? BCOM 314 really prepared me for my presentation and just how to talk to professionals in general. And through my marketing statistics classes, I was able to have a lot of background knowledge for my project.
Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? My employer provided financial assistance for housing and/or moving and provided transportation or financially supplemented my transportation during the internship.