Internship Spotlight – Grace Donnelly, Goldman Sachs

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Grace Donnelly is a Management major and will graduate in May of 2019.  She interned this summer for Goldman Sachs as the HCM Summer Analyst in Salt Lake City, Utah.

How did you get this internship?  I found the original posting on Handshake. I ended up being invited to a “Coffee Chat” interview with a few recruiters in September. From there, I continued on with the application process and was invited to complete a HireVue, or online interview. In November, I flew to Salt Lake City for a Superday and received the internship offer a few days later.

What was a typical day like? I had a lot of variation in my day-to-day responsibilities, which I really enjoyed. There were daily/weekly tasks that I completed that included running reports and cleaning data. There were also larger projects that I got to work on that involved data visualization.

What was your favorite part of the experience? I loved being challenged in my work every day. Every person I worked with was so intelligent and driven, which really pushed me to do my best work. The culture of the company was also great; I had access to senior leadership on a regular basis and felt that the work that I was doing was truly valued.

If you worked on a big project, please describe it below: The main project I worked on involved several stakeholders from different business units. I was working with my co-intern on created a Dashboard in Tableau that would allow senior leadership as well as assignment managers in the mobility department to analyze moves within the company. Not only did this data visualization house historically data in one place, it also allowed end-users the ability to dynamically filter for certain subgroups. This tool will play a large role in divisional budgeting for employee moves.

What did you find most challenging about your internship? At first, I was overwhelmed with all the new terms and systems that I had no experience with. But everyone was so willing to help me learn, and over time I was more and more comfortable completing my work.

What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? Make sure you do your research on the company and position before you apply and interview. I never thought that I would end up working for Goldman Sachs – I thought it was out of reach for me. But I learned throughout my experience this summer that Goldman, like many similar companies, looks for students who are well-rounded, collaborative, inquisitive, and have great critical thinking skills.

How did Eller prepare you for your internship? BCOM 314 especially helped prepare me for certain aspects of my internship. Being able to articulate my thoughts, both written and verbally, really helped me succeed this summer. Also, we had an intern debate at the end of summer and I cannot thank that class (or Leslie Pintor) enough for preparing me so well in regards to creating an effective presentation.

Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? My employer provided resources for me to secure housing and/or find a roommate