Lacy Cain is a double major in Accounting and Entrepreneurship and will be graduating in May of 2019. She interned for Siemens in Sacramento, California as a Commercial Project Manager Intern.
How did you get this internship? I wandered over to the Siemens booth at the Eller Expo and started the beginning of a great relationship with the head recruiter for the CPM internships nationally. My interview with Siemens was the most fun of all my interviews for other companies and ultimately the reason I chose Siemens.
What was a typical day like? Every day is different when you are a CPM as the needs of the project change daily! Most days, I would update different EAC (Estimated at Completion) tools, “hedge” funds from Europe (secure $ to be exchanged for euros), and analysis actual costs verses predicted.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? Siemens is a global company with a multitude of different cultures working together on projects and cost tracking. My team consisted of mostly Germans so it was originally challenging incorporating myself into a team that had different norms, ways of engaging and, of course, the language barrier. This proved to be my favorite part of Siemens as I learned to appreciate the differences in American v. German culture.
What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship? Be fearless and take a chance! I learned so much about financial tracking and feel so much more well-rounded now with my goal being to own a company.
Did your internship employer provide housing or transportation assistance? My employer provided housing, financial assistance for housing, and my employer provided resources for me to secure housing and/or find a roommate.