Internship Spotlight – Griffin Weiss, MUFG Union Bank

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Griffin Weiss is a double major in Business Management and Marketing and will graduate in May of 2019.  He interned for MUFG Union Bank as a HR Summer Analyst in Tempe, Arizona. 

How did you get this internship?  I applied for a different internship within MUFG through Handshake. After going through the application process, I had a phone interview with a recruiter and then an in-person interview with the team I had applied for. Unfortunately, I was not offered that position, but through my connection with the recruiter, Jeanine, I was able to be matched up with a different internship position. After interviewing with the team, I was offered the opportunity to spend my summer with MUFG Union Bank in Tempe.

What was your favorite part of the experience? The best part about my internship experience was collaborating with colleagues every day. One of the core values at MUFG is collaboration, and that was evident in the work from day 1. Not only did I collaborate with other interns by working on a summer-long group project, but I was able to directly collaborate with my supervisor, my peers, my supervisor’s supervisor, and so many other people in the company who were always happy to connect with me and have a conversation.

If you worked on a big project, please describe it below: I worked on several big projects as an intern. One of the largest in scope was building and designing a quality assurance program for one of our HR teams, Employee Relations. This required plenty of research into existing QA programs as well as interviews and focus groups with the ER team. The next step was to build our a framework, including a random sampling methodology and reporting dashboards. This project helped me gain valuable experience not only in project management and program design but also in communication skills, as I had to work closely with both my colleagues and the ER consultants.

What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? The main thing that I found so helpful in looking for this internship and also getting the most out of it during the program was being open to learning new things. Not only was this helpful in trying to become qualified for the position, but I learned so many new skills through my internship. For example, I had very little SharePoint experience coming into the summer, but I left feeling like I had been using it for years.

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